As a leader, you can only influence the people around you by your deeds. If you are not productive, your employees will follow your standard. It is therefore essential for every manager to learn to be productive before demanding the same from their employees. While the internet is awash with productivity hacks for employees, this article shares five hacks that will help you achieve productivity at a personal level. Afterward, you can replicate them for your employees. Remember, they will be as productive as their boss.
Here are five productivity hacks that will take your business to new heights:
Make a Not-To-Do List
Have you stopped beating yourself up for tasks you didn’t do? If you haven’t, you should. It is not what you didn’t do that matters— It is what you did (when you were supposed to be doing the task) that should worry you. What consumes your energy but doesn’t reward you? Could it be the distractions; Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram notifications that never let you accomplish your daily goals? The social hangouts that add nothing to your life but negative energy, envy, and more toxic friends? Or maybe, you spend too much time attending to low-level tasks when you can be more productive if you delegate. The logic is, you can’t fill an overflowing cup, dredge the filth in your daily routine first. Instead of making a to-do list, why not make a not-to-do list first? You’ll be amazed at what you accomplish.
If you have your priorities right, then all your energies and goals will be channeled to the most important tasks. While making clear priorities help you accomplish small tasks on a daily basis, it also gives you a refined picture of where you are going and what you need to do to get there. Setting priorities right will not only be beneficial to an employee at a personal level, but leadership that gives clear priorities can achieve a lot because efforts of the organization are streamlined to achieve the most important goals of the organization. Steven Covey, the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, has a whole chapter on “first things first”. Priority can never be overemphasized.
You can’t do challenging tasks because procrastination will not let you. The easiest way to beat procrastination is to use the 5-seconds rule. Whenever you don’t feel motivated to complete tasks, count fives seconds and begin doing it. This productivity hack works because most times you postpone a task you rarely go back to it.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
While you might have a wonderful vision for your company, you cannot achieve it running on a broken system. Your health comes first. You have to keep your body in the right shape by regular exercise so that you can be able to sit long hours at your desk without strain. You have to eat healthy foods to nourish your body and sharpen your brain. And most importantly, when you maintain a healthy lifestyle, you will spend more hours in your office than in the hospital.
As a person, you can only do so much. The world today is full of distractions. One minute you want to work, the other you are stuck on Facebook. Using productivity tools can help you do so much with little time. Here are some tools you can use:
StayFocused is a Google Chrome extension that can help you achieve high levels of productivity by blocking internet sites that distract you. If you are a social media addict, then this tool is for you. It allows you to block the sites for as long as you want therefore increasing your focus on the job at hand.
If you love to allocate time for each task you do, then this app is for you. The Pomodoro timer can save you a lot of time since you will be beating yourself to complete each task within the allotted time.
Boomerang allows you to schedule your emails. You can, therefore, write your emails whenever you want and schedule to send them at an appropriate time.
Well, with these hacks, you will finally be able to motivate yourself to create more impact by being a doer. Remember, you cannot be productive overnight. It is a habit you develop, so be kind on yourself and don’t push yourself too hard. You should focus on consistency more than intensity.
There is an oasis in the heart of London’s financial district where the citizenry can relax in the calmest of rooftop gardens. Crossrail Place Roof Garden is a new concept in landscape architecture and the city is all the better for it. The unique geometric windows provide great views over Canary Wharf while shrubs, trees, and flowers from all over the world offer a green space respite for all who choose to enter. The garden is hidden beneath a latticed, timber roof and is an exceptional example of how innovative design can successfully create a fusion between urban and rural environments.
Crossrail Place Roof Garden is situated directly above London’s new Canary Wharf train station, a seven-story structure providing an east-west rail link in the heart of the city. The ambitious project was pioneered by renowned architects Foster and Partners and includes four stories of retail spaces, several eateries, and an abundance of leisure facilities. The plan comfortably unifies the train station below with these visitor-friendly elements.
Crossrail Place Roof Garden is interestingly located geographically on the Prime Meridian line just north of Greenwich. This aspect divides the site into eastern and western hemispheres and serves as an influence in the garden design. The garden emphasizes the historical maritime culture of the area while at the same time providing an accessible modern venue of mixed use for London’s ordinary folks.
The enclosed garden was designed by the London-based landscape architects, Gillespies and is an incredible masterpiece of creative innovation and imagination. Plantings are arranged by native origin into two geographic zones where the east side layout may feature Japanese maple trees and Chinese bamboo while the opposite west side may highlight American gumtrees or Australian ferns. It’s like taking a slow walk around the world.
The structure is built with a semi-permeable canopy which provides a localized microclimate environment perfect for more exotic plant species to thrive. Unexpected paths branch off from the main walkway delighting visitors with a show of different and sometimes rare plant species. Benches are randomly placed along the pathways inviting passers-by to dawdle in the beauty of the natural surrounds.
The project was a challenging undertaking often requiring out-of-the-box thinking and innovative construction to support the many unusual plant species and mature trees envisioned for its completion. Soil conditions, light, drainage, and enough space for root growth all had to be taken into consideration. Most materials were craned in through openings in the roof. The result is a satisfying and surprising tropical paradise where you would least expect to find it.
Crossrail Place Roof Garden is a prime example of how a city’s revitalization efforts can provide an infrastructure plan designed to serve as a community hub without sacrificing aesthetic qualities. The lush sheltered plant environment leads way to an in-house 80 seat amphitheater at each end hosting a variety of local performers and musicians. It is all free and meant to encourage the imagination of young and old alike. The roof garden has become a community treasure since its opening in 2015.
The stunning contrast between the dramatic architecture and the exotic greenery of the space couldn’t be more pleasing to those wanting to escape the busy streets below. The project illustrates why redevelopment goals can and should integrate green areas within city landscapes. Access to natural environments is beneficial to productivity and creativity and the incorporation of green spaces into a business setting is nothing but a win/win. All it takes is the inspiration of new concepts and ideas, meticulous planning, and the motivation to meet and beat the challenges along the way.