8 simple ways to increase your productivity
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You see, we’re all in a quest for more time as a student, a blogger, an entrepreneur, a teacher, a stay at home mum, etc. We want more time to get things done.
The issue of having a short time has always been the regular excuse for not being productive.
Being productive is all about how well we can manage and make good use of the 24 hours we have in a day or 168 hours in a week especially when we have lots of stuff to do and too many distractions.
We’ve all been there and I must admit, it’s very annoying.
So now the question is, how can I become more productive?
- STOP MULTITASKING: We’ll have to realise that we cannot get all tasks done at the same time. Trying to achieve everything at the same time is a sure way to achieve nothing. Sometimes, we think doing multiple things at the same time saves time but in reality, we are just wasting time. According to experts and research, multitasking decreases productivity by 40% and it’s detrimental to the brain.
- PLAN THE DAY/WEEK: Get up early and make plans for the day. If you’re someone like me that struggles with getting up early, then plan your next day the previous night before going to bed. Make a TO-DO-LIST; write everything that needs to be done in a journal, diary or a random piece of paper. You should also consider using planners. Planners help me get organised. Write everything, even if you have 1000 tasks to carry out, don’t let the amount of work pull you down or overwhelm you.
- MAKE A SCALE OF PREFERENCE: We can call it a priority list. Prioritise everything that needs to be done according to their level of importance to you. The most important things at the top and the least important at the bottom of the list. I use planners to make my priority list. “Good things happen when you get your priorities straight”-Scott Caan
- MAKE A PLAN: How do you plan to accomplish all these tasks? What actions need to be taken in order get these things done? Along the line, some things might not go well as planned. Don’t let that bother you. You just need to adjust your plans.
- SET DEADLINES: Make a rough estimate of how much time you will spend on a particular task. Don’t bang your head on the wall if you don’t accomplish a task after the deadline has reached. You just need to adjust your deadline.
- ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS: Anything that isn’t connected to what you want to achieve is a distraction. Eliminate all distractions to maximise productivity. I spend most of my time using my laptop, therefore I use online tools to help me stay focused when I am working on very important tasks. You can Use Pomodoro’s technique to help you manage time properly and eliminate distractions. This technique challenges you to work on a particular task for a specified period of time (usually 25 minutes) before moving to the next task.
- REMEMBER TRACK YOUR PROGRESS: This is the only the way to make sure you are not just being busy, but busy getting things done and not busy doing nothing.
- REMEMBER TO TAKE A BREAK: Taking breaks helps improve attention, boost focus and improve productivity according to research. Before switching to the next task, take a break. Of course, not everyone can afford taking breaks in between tasks but you can pause for few minutes.