1. Planning & Reviewing
Don’t spend the first part of your morning planning on what needs doing for the day. Write out a simple To-Do list (check out the app ‘Wunderlist’) the night before and wake up knowing exactly what needs doing. This means you start the day you want to and not by responding to others (social media and email). By knowing what needs to be done the next day you'll sleep better and start the productively.
2. Recording Ideas and Notes
If its going to make a positive difference to your work/life in the future, make a note of it there and then, even if you’re snowed under with work.
Using that idea might make your life easier in the long run so don’t pass up on it. A lot of our operational sheets are created from these ideas that have popped up during a busy shift.
I do like a pen and paper but they often go missing. Try an app called ‘evernote’ and you’ll be sure to hang on to them.
Review your notes when things have calmed down, and put them in to action.
Fuel yourself correctly and you’ll get a lot more from your days. Energy levels can be sustained by eating the right foods so you’re less likely to become irritated and stressed. Eat regularly to keep focussed and eat the right foods to fuel mental and physical energy.
Everyone knows a bad nights sleep is detrimental on your waking day. Don’t sacrifice a sound sleep, especially on a work night, by staying up an extra hour to watch the latest episode of your favourite series. It’s not worth it.
Be the best you can at all times. Save the foggy and tired heads for the days (weekend) when your performance isn’t as important. You can make any job enjoyable if your head’s in the right place.
5. Working Environment
If I’ve got a lot of paper work to crack on with then I’d prefer to do it at home.
Distractions are unscheduled and you’ll often find yourself doing tasks that weren’t on your to do list at the start of the day, whether it be catching up with work colleagues, making everyone a brew or dealing with a customer that someone has passed on to you. If you’re not in the office, you cant be bothered.
Don’t turn the TV or radio on for background noise. Spend a few minutes clearing your workspace and laying out just the things you need. Have your to-do list close at hand so you can tick off as you complete, then get your head down.
6. Time Management
This could also come under diet and rest, but, the world isn’t going to stop if you pause what you’re doing for 15 minutes whilst you take a break.
Move to a different room, go outside, just get away from your workspace whilst you refuel. You’ll find yourself being able to tackle your task in a more positive manner once you return.
Multitask – Spend a few minutes putting together your jobs list and decide in which order to tackle each task. Can you start one job which can take care of itself whilst you start on another? Can you group together similar types of jobs so you’re not repeating certain actions?
It’s a major key skill I’ve picked up working in kitchens and it’s saved me and the company many hours of labour.
7. Set goals
One of the most important factors to achieving is to actually know what success looks like and what you need to do to work towards it. Regularly setting goals and assessing how much progress you have made will keep you aware of what needs to be done.
One of the best approaches we use at Nourish is to define where we want to be in 12 months, then where we need to be in 9 months for that to be achievable, what needs to be achieved by 6 months to be on track and finally what needs to be done in the next 3 months to be on track for the 6 months targets. By doing this you break the bigger picture down in to smaller more manageable tasks which helps keep you focussed on the jobs that need your attention.