With all the demands on your time who isn’t looking for chamber productivity tips? Arianna Huffington says the key is more sleep. There are plenty of blogs out there that will tell you how to hack your day. Others will suggest meditating, but if you’re overwhelmed you don’t need a huge lifestyle undertaking. You need simple, easy to implement tips.
3 Chamber Productivity Tips
Multitask Your Break Taking
Most chamber pros will ask, “What’s a break?” but studies show it’s important for your health and your productivity to take breaks. If you can’t afford an actual break, we won’t get into the labor laws behind that, but you can switch activities, giving your mind and body something different to focus on. For instance, if you’ve been working on a report draft all morning, put it to the side, and go visit a member. Most of us plug through the draft until completion but that can cause stress on your body and make you feel frazzled. When you switch activities like this (wait for a good stopping point, of course, and hit save), you can approach it again later with a refreshed mind.
You can also multi-task your meetings. For example, turn a board meeting into a cash mob for one of your members by having a (dutch) dinner, lunch, or breakfast meeting.
Use “Stolen Moments”
I refer to these a lot because they really add up. Always be prepared for a wait. Whether you’re waiting for a member meeting to start, are on hold, or waiting on the bank to open, there are probably at least 30 minutes of your day spent waiting. Use this time. Read a few pages, go through and delete old emails, or write out your Christmas list. You’ll feel more accomplished than just sitting there. Not only is it productive but it also makes your wait go quicker and it’s not nearly as grinding on the nerves.
Work Late When You Need to But…
As a night owl, it’s not uncommon for me to work late into the night but I also work with corporate America so sleeping in is not a possibility. I will spare you (and me) the lecture on running on 4-5 hours of sleep a night but know that when you work late (or whatever it is you’re doing into the wee hours of the morning), you are not creating new hours in the day. You are simply borrowing from tomorrow’s productivity. There are times when this is necessary, like the week leading up to the big event, but if you do it on a consistent basis, tomorrow won’t keep loaning you productivity. You will cease to be productive at some point.
There are a lot of ways to be more productive but the most effective ones are those that will decrease your stress instead of increasing it. If setting timers and things like that, make you jumpy, don’t do it. Find something that’s easy to remember and keep at it. It takes about 21 days to create a habit. Pick something and try it. Every bit of time found makes a difference.
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