Have you ever thought to yourself that you want to be more productive than you currently are? If you have then you have come to the right place ! There are actually ways that you can do to increase your daily productivity and get things done.
In our modern world where everything is accessible to us from our phones, it can be really easy for you to get distracted from doing your work. Social media especially, can sometimes be too tempting and it can easily take up your time from doing anything productive.
Put Your Phone Away
First and foremost on this list is to put your phone away. Yes I am looking at you. The creation of smartphones is a true innovation making life easier, however, you can get addicted to the endless amount of apps that it has, keeping you from doing anything productive.
Put your phone in silent mode. Silent mode helps you to ignore the incoming texts or updates from any type of social media. Tell your friends that you have things to do to let them know then throw your phone away. Stop checking your phone for any texts or updates, your friends and family will understand and ignore the temptation of opening any form of social media. Yes, no twitter for as long as you have work to do.
Make a todo list
After you have broken from the chains of your smartphone and 24/7 life updates, you are finally ready for the first step and that is to make yourself a todo list. It’s simple, yet, most people would rather use their memory instead and end up forgetting what to do and that will waste your precious time.
Start a simple, reasonable list. It’s better to do this as early as possible so that you can plan your whole day. Put aside a bit of time in the morning, or when you wake up, to list down the things that you have to do on that day. The benefit of this is that you will have a basic list of your activities and you can refer to the list if you ever forget what you are supposed to be doing.
Prioritize on chores that you need to get done soon. The amount of time that we have a day is not enough to do everything, so prioritize the tasks that you need to complete sooner than the others. For example if you have an assignment that you need to send the next day but at the same time you have to prepare for a job interview the next week. Finish up in your assignment first as the time period for the interview is longer. It’s important to learn how to prioritize your work so that you won’t miss any deadlines.
Set Small Goals
We know that you have a lot of work to do. Some projects may take more than an hour or even weeks to finish. However, there is no need for you to cramp up all your time to focus on that one big project or you will get overwhelmed by the workload causing a burnout.
When you start a new project, the scope may seem too big but once you start breaking it down, you will see how each small task you completed will contribute to the build up of that project. Break up the big tasks into smaller ones, prioritize which one that you have to complete first and move on from there. Sometimes the time it takes to complete these projects takes much less time so always break them up.
Another good tip is to focus on one goal at a time. Multitasking is not good for your mind as it will quickly exhaust the brain. Daniel Levitin, a neuroscience professor says “ switching comes with a biological cost that ends up making us feel tired much more quickly than if we sustain attention on one thing.” So focus on that one meeting or article that you are currently doing for maximum productivity.
Find time to rest
Make sure that you also find time to rest. Getting enough rest plays a major role in your productivity. Even a short 20 minute nap can help to boost your ability to concentrate on your tasks because the brain is given a chance to restore depleted energy.
While we may push ourselves to work for as much as we can, the long hours may lead to stress build up. Stress can cause you to have a poorer performance at work and also kills creativity and innovation. Know when to stop, remember to always take care of your body and rest when needed.