We all can boost our productivity during the day to be more successful. To do this we need to make steady, small accomplishments each and every day. These achievements add up in the long run and that is how real progress is made.
If you’re serious about getting the most out of your day you need a plan of action. I don’t mean that you need to regulate each and every minute of your life. But, a schedule that you can stick to from when you wake up to when you go back to sleep is a must if you want to be more productive.
1 Prepare a list of tasks the day before
Write your to-be completed list on paper. Don’t just think of what you need to do. You need to get it down in physical form, this way you will be held accountable for it. There is also no chance that you will forget about it as you sleep.
Plan more work than you think you can do. By doing this you will subconsciously work more efficiently throughout the day. The result will be that you will end up actually getting more done than you would have.
2 Do the most difficult tasks first
Generally people are the most productive in the morning. One of the reasons for this is because as the day progresses, more people become free and will contact you. By doing your most difficult tasks first you will avoid distractions at the most critical time in your day. Of course, if you have a job in the morning then you should get started on your most difficult task for the day asap after.
3 No social media if you’re serious about productivity
Social Media is a killer. Our minds were not designed to deal with so much fast paced information. This has led our social media age to have shockingly low attention spans. After going on Facebook my mind is still going at 100 miles per hour. This is something you want to avoid at all costs if you’re serious about being productive. Turn off your wifi, sign out of all your profiles, whatever you need to do, just do it.
4 Warm up your mind
Before doing strenuous work you should ensure that your mind is focused on the task at hand. This will require you to clear your head and “Get in the zone”. I recommend reading a book or meditating for at least 10 minutes before to make you forget about any annoyances that were previously distracting you.
5 Don’t get distracted
Our mind will sometimes do anything to divert our attention to something else. Ever find that when you’re trying to concentrate that suddenly the cracks on your desk becoming infatuating? These kind of distractions may seem innocent but they can damage your productivity as they add up throughout the day. Getting distracted destroys the momentum you had going and makes it even harder to get started again.
To minimise distractions you need to make your work area as clean as possible to create a productive environment. This is down to personal preference though. When you catch your mind wandering concentrate on a random key on your keyboard and don’t look anywhere else. Eventually you will realise that getting on with your work is more interesting.
6 Use white noise
Or brown noise or any other study aid sound that you agree with. Just try out some on youtube and see which one works best for you. This will help you concentrate if you’re in a noisy area like a not-so quiet library or two people who just won’t shut up beside you . White noise and other such sounds work by blending in and masking other external noises around you so that you don’t notice them as much.
It doesn’t matter what you need to get done, you can still do it better and faster with the right tools. From going to the gym or completing an assignment.
Happy working and I hope this gives a boost to your productivity.