Do you wish you were more productive? Many people aspire to be more productive, but find that their willpower can sometimes let them down. Check out 8 ways to improve your productivity and get better results.
1. Do The Worst First
A good way to overcome procrastination is to do the worst job first. After you have finished the job you will feel proud and accomplished, and you can finish the rest of your tasks with relative ease.
2. Have A No Communication Hour
Set aside one hour of the day when you won’t answer texts, calls or emails. This alone time will help you to concentrate on your more challenging projects.
3. Don’t Do It If You Don’t Need To
Some people set themselves too much work, in the hopes that their day will be extra productive. However, when they actually start the day and realize how much work they have to do, they can become demotivated and unproductive. If you don’t need to do it, push it to the back of the list – or take it off entirely.
4. Set Daily And Weekly Goals
Having clear targets and goals will stop you from becoming distracted. Set the targets before the day/week starts so you can start your day already knowing what needs to be done.
5. Work Out When You Work Best
Some people work best when they first wake up, others after exercise and others during the night. Work out when you are at your most productive and motivated, and try to complete as much work as possible during this time. This way it is more likely that you will get the work done in a reasonable amount of time, to a high standard.
6. Earn Your Breaks
Set small targets that are attainable before you take a work break. You could say you won’t break until you have written 3 pages – you know you can do it before you need to break, and hitting small targets throughout the day will motivate you further.
7. Take A Break From The Internet Every Day
Switch off your laptop or computer WiFi every day for an hour. During this time you can work on any tasks that you don’t need the internet for; after all, leaving the internet on when you don’t need it is normally just a huge distraction!
8. Add The Small Jobs Together
Take half an hour each day to work on all your smaller tasks, like making phone calls and replying to emails. Many people do these tasks while they do bigger projects, but this multitasking option can actually cause you to lose focus and become distracted.