Productivity; often referred to as a business buzzword, but can also have a significant influence on your life outside of work. Anyone that values their time will appreciate the importance of productivity, as it can result in a minimal loss of time while completing necessary tasks. Here are 5 tips to improve your productivity.
1) Make a list, for today only
Write down things you want to achieve TODAY. Sure, it’s great to have life goals but these will only serve to distract you in the short term. Your head needs to be in the game, focused on the task in hand, and not thinking about future holidays or the forever home.
Your list will allow you to seamlessly move from one task to another, plus it’s incredibly satisfying to see everything crossed off at the end of the day.
2) Break it down
If any one task is too big, break the fucker down. Time can be misspent pondering how to start an overwhelming task, never mind doing the work itself.
Order the tasks to suit your style of work. I start with the smallest tasks and the most urgent tasks. The smallest tasks, such as replying to emails, are fragmented and incoherent. Replying to various people about different topics does not promote a smooth flow of work, therefore it’s best to get these out of the way early on.
4) Do less to do more
Have you ever set aside a big block of time for one task? I give myself days, even whole weekends, to complete assignments and my productivity is inevitably low as a result. Why? It’s too much time, too much focus on one thing.
Other than work, there aren’t many things you would do for 5/6/7 hours straight, because it challenges our natural levels of concentration. If possible, do less on a daily basis, but do it on a more regular basis. I’ve swapped those weekend uni binges with 1-2 hours uni work per day, most days.
5) Know When You’re Having An Off Day
People are MESSY. We have emotions. We have feelings. We have off days. If you can, shut down early. Accept today is not the day you’re going to change the world, BUT, take care not to dwell on the shitty day you’ve had because tomorrow might just be the one.