Five secrets winners use to boost their work output

You can use the same amount of energy but become almost twice as productive at work simply by applying five proven steps. Follow them now to turn routine days into highly efficient ones.

Start your workday early

If you work from home or are able to set your own hours at the office start your workday as early as feasible. It might be 5:30 a.m. 6 a.m. or 8 a.m. Within reason the earlier the better. Your mind is fresher at that time than it will be all day. Also the earlier you start

Plunge into your work immediately

At whatever time you start work dive into your tasks for the day at once. Avoid wasting the start-of-day freshness and energy on time-wasting activities such as checking personal emails or Facebook posts. Discussing the previous night’s events with co-workers over a cup of coffee is damaging to your productivity. By the time you start your real work you are no longer as fresh or as efficient as you were when you sat down at your desk. Leave your discussions over coffee for later when you will need a break. Explain to your co-workers that your project cannot wait.

Set deadlines for yourself

We all tend to be procrastinators and will put off work if we can do so. Setting a deadline not only will make sure that you get to work on a project immediately but also will concentrate your mind helping you to work more efficiently and more quickly.

Set realistic goals

Setting a target for yourself is an excellent idea. Along with deadlines it helps to concentrate your mind and encourages you to work more efficiently. But make sure your targets and deadlines are practical. Setting high targets might sound admirable but when you fail to achieve them you will become frustrated and feel inadequate causing your work to suffer. You will make promises to clients or your boss that you will be unable to meet. It’s best to check out how long similar projects or work activities have taken you in the past and base your targets on them. Set the goal a little higher to stimulate you to work more quickly but make sure your aims are achievable.

Take regular breaks

We can overtask our minds in the same way we can overtask our bodies. After two or three hours of concentrated work you are likely to find that your concentration is slipping. From then on your work becomes unproductive and you destroy the benefits of the initial boost of energy. After a break of say 15 minutes you will be ready to jump back into your work again.”