It doesn’t matter what you do. It doesn’t matter if you work from home, if you work in a corporate environment, or if you have an unconventional job. Everyone looks for ways to be more productive. Everyone wants to get more done and use their time wisely. Here are 10 way to be more productive.
1. Do Your Most Challenging Tasks in the Morning
According to Medical Daily, our brains work best in late morning. As a content strategist, I save most of the actual writing that I have to do for the morning. Right when I come into work, it feels easier to focus. Whereas after lunch, everyone struggles to be productive. Try to schedule it so that your easiest tasks come after lunch and you knock out the difficult tasks at the beginning of the day.
2. Don’t Leave Your E-mail Open
I’m not saying to go all day without checking your e-mail, but do you really have to leave it open the whole day? You’re likely to get distracted by e-mails that come in, and that might take you off track from whatever you were doing. It’s very easy to go down rabbit holes when an e-mail comes in and you have to do research to answer a question, for example. Have designated times where you can check your e-mail (and social media if you check that throughout the day) and stick with them.
3. Take More Breaks
It may seem counterproductive to take more breaks when you’re trying to get more done, but you would be surprised how much a ten-minute walk outside can refresh you and get you in a better state of mind for the rest of the day. Try to leave your phone in your office and go for a walk outside. Reconnect to nature, get some exercise, get up from your desk, and leave your work for ten minutes. You’ll be glad that you did when you get back to it.
It’s great to have mini-meditation time throughout the day. Even five minutes here or there helps. Meditation is one of the things that many successful people have in common. Meditation brings about thoughts of Buddhism or yoga, but meditation is for everyone. It doesn’t matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs are. Meditation has been proven to increase your focus and help you to tune out distractions.
5. Create a System
There will be as many systems for productivity as there are people. Find what helps you to be more productive and stick with it. Maybe you need to use management tools like Monday or Workfront. Maybe you simply need to create a Google Document that helps you keep track of your daily tasks. Maybe you actually need to write things down in a notebook. Whatever it is, find a system and use it.
6. Focus on One Task at a Time
Everyone likes to multi-task especially in today’s world, but you will get more done if you aren’t trying to do ten things at once. Make a list of everything you need to do at the beginning of the day, and then focus on one task at a time.
7. Track Your Time
Are you spending too much time on Facebook? Are you not spending enough time planning your day? Track your time for a week or two to see how much time you are allowing yourself for each task. This will help you to get a sense of what you are spending your time on. Once you see how you are spending your time, you’ll be able to make the necessary adjustments.
8. Declutter Your Workspace
You are much more likely to be productive if you are in a clean and organized environment. This might mean you have to spend a day tidying up your desk or workspace, but it will definitely be worth it. Being in a place free of clutter can help you to accomplish more tasks throughout the day.
9. Be Accountable to Someone
It’s good to be accountable to someone, whether it’s a boss, a manager, or an accountability partner. If you have someone checking in to see how much you have gotten done, you will be much more likely to be productive.
10. Take Action Immediately
Don’t wait until the moment is perfect or you feel “ready” to start on that new project. You may never feel ready. The moment may never be perfect. It’s better to take action now. Just get started, and figure it out as you go. You will get some momentum, and you’ll be able to complete the project. But you have to start on it.
Being more productive can help you to get more done in the time that you have so that after all your work is done, you’ll be able to kick back and relax. You won’t have anxiety if you are getting a lot done each day. Follow these above tips, and you’ll be sure to find better ways to accomplish everything you need to accomplish throughout the day.
Author’s Bio: Sara Crawford is a digital content strategist for WT Digital Agency and an author from Atlanta, Georgia. She has written novels, produced her own plays, and performed as a singer/songwriter. She is passionate about the act of creation, and she adores the written word.