These days, we hear so much about productivity and stress. Of course, the two terms are quite closely associated in many ways: if you’re not being productive, it can likely stress you out, as well as if you are stressed, your productivity will likely decrease; It’s quite a vicious circle.
Have you considered therefore that planning out your day and preparing in advance might actually increase productivity while also reducing your stress levels as a direct result?
Here are 7 Reasons Why proper workday preparation can increase productivity while reducing stress:
1 You Know What needs to be done
Preparing for your workday means writing a list, or at least memorizing the things you need to do that day. This means you’re more organized overall and will have a clearer picture of how the day is going to pan out.
2 The Most Important Tasks are Prioritized
Preparing for your workday also means that you can prioritize tasks in order of importance, deadlines won’t be missed, and as a result you’re far less stressed. All you need to do is take your to do list (see the last step) and number the tasks on that list in order of importance. Obviously, the most urgent and important thing should be done first.
3 Having a Plan Gives You Confidence
Knowing what you have to do and prioritizing everything means you have a plan, and that gives you an overall sense of confidence. When you feel confident, you’re far less likely to get stressed out by small things, and you will be far more productive throughout the day as a result.
4 You Will Feel More in Control
In addition to feeling confident, you’re going to feel far more in control too, which is a fantastic way to banish stress. When you are in control, you aren’t stressed, because you know you have everything under control, and there is no reason to worry. Ironically, this makes you productive because you can handle whatever the day throws at you.
5 You Effectively Create More Hours in the Day
By being more organized with the work you have, and prepared for whatever you might encounter during the day, you’re actually giving yourself more time. You’re not multitasking and never really getting anything done, and you’re not wasting time getting stressed out about small things. By being more streamlined in your approach, i.e. prepared, you have more time, and this creates a far more productive situation.
6 You are More Proactive
When you feel in control and stress isn’t an issue, by preparing for the day, you are likely to be more proactive in your approach to your work. For instance, you will have more ideas, your thoughts will be more creative, and all of this helps you be more productive and successful.
7 You Will Look Organized and Productive to Your Manager
By preparing for the day ahead, you’re easing stress because you’re in control and you’re more productive as a result. All of this looks very impressive to your manager, and you will stand out as someone who has everything under control and is totally ‘in the zone’ with their work to do list. Who knows, you might be next on the list for promotion as a result!
As you can see, these 7 reasons all point towards a far more pleasant and harmonious working experience. Preparing for the day isn’t difficult, it simply means you need to think ahead and plan a little. You shouldn’t think you can control everything that will come your way during the space of a working day, because there will always be out-of-the-blue tasks or urgent items which you need to attend to, but by being more prepared, you’ll handle these like a pro.
So, write a list, lay out your clothes for work the night before, prepare your lunch in the evening, so you don’t have to rush in the morning, and make time for a proper breakfast before you leave the house. Starting the day in the right way, e.g. calm, collected, and not flustered, is the perfect basis on which to build the rest of your working day. By the time you return home in the evening, you’ll be feeling great and stress will be a thing of the past.