Many of us live in a culture where working long hours has become an expectation. We are made to believe that if we are not working long enough, then we are not working hard enough. However, if we ought to become professionally successful and holistically happy at the same time, then we should be able to precisely thread the fine line between work and life.
One of the keys in doing so is through increasing our productivity. If we’re able to get more things done in a relatively shorter amount of time, we are consequently giving ourselves more time to accomplish more things, travel more places, and spend more time with our loved ones, not to mention alleviating the potential negative effects of working more than 11 hours a day. So, without further ado, we give you our Top Tips to Boost Your Productivity.
Priorities, Priorities, Priorities
If you wish to increase your overall productivity, one of the most effective means is by taking some time to think about and write down the Top 3 Priorities you have for the day. That way, you can focus all your efforts on getting those done before anything else.
Work Early And Leave On Time
If you wish to be more focused and less distracted in accomplishing all the tasks you have at hand, it might be best to start working early in the morning, with fewer distractions available compared to any other time of the day. However, if you do, keep in mind to also leave work on time or even earlier that day, to give your brain and body proper rest. Doing so will not only make you feel better, you’ll most probably continue being productive the following day.
Have you ever wondered why giving yourself too much time to complete an assignment or task ends up in you using up most of that time and cramming in the last few days prior to the deadline? We are born procrastinators, that’s why. So to prevent such from happening, try giving yourself less time to complete tasks, and you’ll be amazed at what you can do with a relatively shorter amount of time.
We are not computers, we are organic human beings that are hardwired to function more productively doing a single task than splitting our attention into multiple tasks. In reality, multitasking does not make us more productive but actually negatively impacts our productivity, concentration and energy. It also increases the chances of making mistakes and makes you finish your work slower.
Prevent Information Overload
In this age of information and connectivity, it is very much easy to get overwhelmed with all the data presented to us everyday. However, if we are to analyze all the wealth of information presented unto us, we might realize that not all those emails, blogs and magazine articles are not really worth our attention. Do you want to be more productive? Go on a low-information diet, and only focus on the information that you really need.
Make Some “Me” Time
If you spend the majority of your weekdays inside the office, you might want to try out a different working environment. Coffee shops, the park and libraries are good candidates for this. Doing so might positively impact your productivity as the change of environment provides your mind and body with a different and fresh perspective. If you don’t already have a place or spot such as this, then I suggest go find one quickly.