Drivers in the U.S. spend approximately 293 hours in their car. If you think about it, that’s equivalent to about 12 days of the year. Personally, I understand the busy routine and long hours spent behind the wheel from my experience helping many of you stay productive on the road with Motus. You might remember me helping with your mileage entry questions and sharing tips on how to use the Motus App. More recently, I took my technical knowledge and brought it to our Project Management team where I help our team stay productive with the right tools and processes. Given that we all experience busy work days, I thought I’d share some tips that have helped me stay productive and can help you too.
Here are my four tips for staying productive during the busiest times of your work day:
- Plan and prioritize.
Prioritizing your workday isn’t as easy as it sounds. Whether you have a few or several stores, hospitals or construction sites to visit, it’s important to take the time to prioritize and plan your stops so you can make the most of your day. But, how do you decide what to do first? I typically start with what’s going to take the most time, so I don’t cram at the last minute. Time management is a key component when planning your day and helping you work effectively.
- Take a break.
Make sure to schedule some “me” time at some point during the day. Sitting in your car and driving all day can be exhausting. When you feel like you’re getting tired or overwhelmed, slow down and pull off at the next exit. Stretch, take a walk or listen to a playlist on Spotify. My favorite thing to do is go for a walk outside and pick up a tasty treat on the way back to the office (usually some frozen yogurt or chocolate).
- Quit multitasking.
Multitasking isn’t as efficient and productive as we may think. In fact, you can actually waste more time when you’re constantly switching back and forth between tasks. I think it’s easier to focus on one task entirely until it’s time to move onto the next project. For many of you driving throughout the work day, it’s especially important to avoid multitasking and focus on the wheel. And one of the most dangerous ways of multitasking is texting while driving. Simply put — texting while you’re behind the wheel can wait.
- Stay hydrated.
We’ve heard the general rule of thumb that every person should have at least eight glasses of water a day. One lesson I’ve learned is that I have to stay hydrated in order to stay focused on my work. To help myself stay refreshed and hydrated, I like to have my Motus S’well bottle by my side. Of course, I also survive on a lot of coffee and Matcha tea. A venti iced coffee from Starbucks helps me start my day on a more energetic note. Maybe it will for you too!
At Motus, we’re focused on making work life better for our team and everyone else. Enjoying what we do allows us to be productive and exceptional at our jobs. We love helping those of you out on the road and I hope you take these tips with you along your travels!