When a person is tasked with running a meeting, they typically make sure they are prepared and informed. There’s a series of things one goes through leading up to the meeting, the most important one being “I don’t want to make a fool out of myself by not being ready for this meeting.” At least that’s my line of thinking.
Tasks like preparing a slide deck, practicing your delivery, and making sure you are well-rested and ready to go are important.
Just like preparing for a meeting, we should prepare ourselves for our daily workday. This includes things like exercising regularly, making sure you have lunch, getting to bed early, etc. By feeling the best we can feel, it gives us a much better chance at a successful, productive day. Here are just a few things to consider when it comes to individual productivity to make the most out of yourself and reach your potential.
Sleep is important
One-third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. And according to Harvard, this sleep deprivation can cost companies almost $65 billion every year. (Harvard)
Exercise increases productivity
We all know we should be exercising regularly. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, exercising before work can boost your productivity by 15 percent. And you’ll feel better! (American Psychological Association)
Workers waste a lot of time at work on a daily basis
We’re bombarded by emails, texts, social media, all kinds of distractions. Focus and take periodic breaks. According to Atlantis, we are interrupted from our work 56 times during a typical day. That’s a lot of lost time.
Sitting in meetings all day can really hurt productivity. Employees spend about 31 hours in unproductive meetings each month. (Atlantis) Some approaches to alleviate the burden are shorter meetings, sticking to an agenda and using email if a meeting is not needed.