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As a St. Kate’s MBA student, you wear a lot of hats. A normal day may begin with a morning workout session, followed by a long work day, and end with night class. While juggling many responsibilities, it can seem difficult to be efficient and productive consistently.
Tackle your responsibilities with focus and productivity with these simple steps:
Start each day with a clear mind. When you wake up each morning, commit to giving yourself at least one minute to reflect and clear your thoughts. Consider taking time to journal each morning on the following:
- What’s on your mind – By being conscious of your thoughts each morning, you can train your mind to wake up with positive thoughts rather than negative ones.
- Something you’re grateful for – Write down something – anything – that you are grateful for in your life.
- Daily goals – This doesn’t need to be your to-do list. Rather, think of your daily goals in regards to your attitude. For example, “Choose positivity,” or, “Listen more. Speak less.”
Prioritize your day. Each day is different, and your priorities will change as well. List your tasks in order of highest importance. Then, tackle the toughest items first to generate energy throughout the morning, and better control how your afternoon goes.
Break up with your inbox. Do you leave your inbox open on your computer all day? Or, do you have an alert on your phone each time you get an email? Break up with your inbox. Turn off notifications, and instead time block specific times to check and respond to emails.
Take a breather. Studies show that people who take a break every 50 to 90 minutes are much more productive – and ultimately more successful! Train yourself to get up and move (without your mobile device in your hand) throughout the day. This helps you refocus, relax, and regain momentum for the next task at hand.
Let it go. We get it. There are days when, regardless of how organized you are, something gets in the way of your productivity. When you leave the office for the day, leave behind your work as well. To help combat that racing mind at night, consider planning out your to-do list for the next day before leaving the office, prioritizing the tasks that you didn’t get done that day.
Written by Brittany Woitas
Brittany is in cohort 4, which started in Fall of 2015. She is a Marketing Consultant by day and fitness junkie wannabe by night. When she’s not nose-deep in a book that she has to read for her MBA class, you can find her kayaking on the river or bicycling to a brewery. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.