Avoid Social Media
If you need to access social media in order to finalize a project you are working on, then save it until the end. Social media is an enormous time suck and a huge distraction. Avoid is at all costs.
Have Everything You Need
Making sure you have whatever it is you need to finish your tasks is vital, obviously. Before you begin, have it all at hand and ready to go.
Setting time limits on tasks will help you work more efficiently and not waste time. Knowing about how long a task should take and then setting a timer for that amount of time plus a minute or two is key. Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting too short of timer.
Don’t Be A Perfectionist
Try not to waste time over-analyzing every little thing. Remember, you’re just trying to get this stuff done not be flawless. Unless you’re making a sculpture or cutting something out, anything you do can be edited or improved later. Speaking of that, you should add editing or check for errors to your to-do list too.
Use a Checklist
You’ve gotta use checklists! They keep you on track and ensure that everything gets done and nothing gets skipped. Write everything down in checklist form and mark it off as you complete them.
Ask For Help
Don’t be too prideful to ask for help. Asking for help is way better than spending precious time trying to figure out the answer to your question. Google it or ask a co-worker for help and move on. If you need an extra set of hands or eyes, maybe your kids can help out. My kids are great at editing text and making graphics, so I don’t hesitate to ask them when I just can’t get it all done myself.
It’s perfectly okay to just say no. If your to-do list is long and your day is short, it’s acceptable to tell whomever that you simply can’t spare the time. Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty about it either. Instead, tell the person you will make it up to them at another time, tell them when, and stick to it.
Don’t set yourself such a tight schedule that there’s no room for flexibility. Be sure to schedule in your breaks and allow a little extra time for tasks. This way, if something takes a little longer or doesn’t go the way you planned, it’s not going to completely throw off your whole day. Also, if something isn’t working the exact way you thought it would, make sure you’re willing to seek out different methods.
Evaluate Your Day
At the end of the day, go back over your day and analyze what worked and what didn’t. Take this information and use it to alter your plans for the next day. Maybe you needed 15 more minutes to finish a task or you need to eat lunch a little sooner because your energy depleted too early in the day. Identifying these struggles will allow you to be proactive and avoid them in the future.
Before you begin, decide on a treat you will get to have once your work in done. This can be anything you want, just make sure it feels like a reward. Maybe it’s a long soak in the tub or eating a bowl of ice cream, whatever you like. Throughout the day you can think about getting that reward and it will help keep you motivated to finish up.
Now you can see how productivity isn’t about how fast you get something done? It’s more of using a series of systems and disciplining yourself to focus on one thing at a time. Breaking down tasks into easy to manage bites that make sense. Working steadily and efficiently towards your goal.
Again work smarter not harder.
Being productive doesn’t mean working as quickly as humanly possible and making tons of mistakes or ending up forgetting half of what you were set out to do.
Productivity is being able to make the most of your time by creating systems and habits that allow you to get stuff done in the simplest way possible and with the least amount of distractions.
We talked about 22 ways you can be more productive.
Here are all 22 of them in a simple list:
- Write your to-do list
- Create a morning routine
- Create a nighttime routine
- Clean and organize your space
- Make a daily schedule
- Use a planner to organize time blocks and to-do lists
- Evaluate energy levels
- Eliminate distractions
- Set a daily goal
- Prioritize tasks
- Limit emails
- Schedule in breaks
- Avoid social media
- Have everything you need
- Use timers
- Don’t be a perfectionist
- Use a checklist
- Ask for help
- Say no
- Be flexible
- Evaluate your day
- Treat yourself
And there you have it.
Now that you have all the tools you need to improve your productivity and gets stuff done…where will you begin?
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Until Next Time…