You set aside time for meetings and you might even block out times to work on different projects throughout the day, but do you actually schedule your workday effectively? It's not just about doing your work and getting through meetings—taking breaks, being active and more—they all play a huge part in your work success and productivity. But those things are often overlooked, especially when you're busy and stressed.
Try to make it a point to schedule these 6 oft ignored—but still important—things into your workday, and you might just see a change for the better.
A Proper Lunch Break
When it's time for lunch, do you take advantage of your break time, or do you sit at your desk eating your food while you work? You work hard, so you deserve a proper lunch break—try to take that time to go outside. Or, if you have to eat at your desk, catch up on something fun so you're not focused on working the whole time—like reading some articles you want to read while you chow down. That way, you can refuel in peace.
Time to Answer Emails
Constantly trying to keep up with all your emails as they come in is a surefire way to be less productive in your other work. Rather than getting disrupted by your inbox every few minutes, schedule designated times throughout the day when you do nothing else but read and respond to emails—you'll get more work done, and you'll be able to focus on your emails more when you do get around to them. Next stop, inbox zero.
A Brainstorming Session
This is especially important if you work in a creative field. If you don't give yourself time to come up with new ideas and innovations, you're not going to get very far in your other tasks. Setting aside time to come up with new pitches or other ideas that you can pursue at your job is always a good idea—as is having a place where you can store all those ideas (like a running Google doc, or a journal).
If the only time you get up during the day is to heat up your lunch and go to the bathroom, you're doing it wrong. Small breaks can help you be more active and more productive, so try to get up at least for a few minutes every hour or so throughout the day to keep your body moving.
Time to Unwind
How frequently does this happen: You get done at the office only to have plans scheduled for immediately after you leave? If you're constantly going from work to other functions, you'll never have time to relax, and you'll feel like you're always on. Try to pencil in at least a few minutes of relaxation time so you can unwind after a long day at work before you rush out to do anything else.
Along with ensuring you have time to unwind after a long day, make sure you set aside time (it doesn't have to be that much) to get a little movement and exercise in. Whether you do a workout before you go to the office, hit the gym after work or just do some light exercise during those small breaks you'll now be incorporating into your day, make sure you get some activity in.
Do you make time for these things in your workday? Are you going to start?