Five Ways To Boost Productivity
If you often feel there is more you should be doing but you just can’t seem to get it done, you’re certainly not alone! Whether it’s in the workplace or at home, a low level of productivity may be the result of a number of factors. What follows below is a list of five ways to boost productivity. One or more of them may make a big difference for you.
Divide Your Tasks
Sometimes, when you know you should be working but find yourself procrastinating instead, it could be because you are feeling overwhelmed by the work ahead of you. You can help lower these feelings by dividing the tasks you need to complete into smaller tasks. When you do this, you’ll feel more motivated to begin them. Then you will stay motivated because you’ll see and feel you are accomplishing things as you go. You can also be apply this strategy in the work place as you can break down your work tasks into smaller chunks. If you are a team leader, you can divide the smaller tasks between employees to improve productivity.
Although multi-tasking may seem like the quick route to getting everything done, it can actually lead to feelings of being overwhelmed. The reality is that it can take more time than if you had just done the task sequentially. Not only that, but often times multi-tasking can lead to costly mistakes or work which isn’t done to a high enough caliber which may mean you find yourself re-doing it later.
An example I can share is that when I was in junior high school, my class was used as an experiment to see how much kids could be pushed to achieve and boost productivity. Schools used to have days where parents could come in and visit classes and observe. My mom would do this and was horrified one time to see in a history class we were asked to watch a movie, read a chapter and take notes on that chapter all at the same time.
I can report from personal experience this isn’t a good idea as I have trouble focusing on one thing at a time. Multi-tasking became my way of doing things, and I struggle to focus and am easily distracted. Today I suppose I would be diagnosed with a level of ADHD, but it was actually a learned behavior.
In order to be truly effective and boost productivity, ensure you don’t overload your attention span and resolve to only focus on one task at a time.
This is a hard one, but if you are easily and constantly distracted, it’s no wonder your productivity is low. Today, with the fast pace of everything around us, it’s very easy to become distracted.
If you want to be more productive, it’s time to put down your phone, turn off the TV, and create a work environment where you can actually focus. If you find you’re still struggling with focus, it might be because you aren’t taking enough breaks. Experts recommend focusing for twenty-to-thirty-minute increments and then taking a short break for best results. Set your timer or your watch to make sure you give yourself the necessary breaks to set up a productive day.
Create and Keep Deadlines for Yourself
In a work environment, you are often faced with deadlines you need to meet. The same can’t always be said for your home environment. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have deadlines for tasks you need to accomplish, because you really should create and keep those. The next time you have a list of chores a mile long, make a deadline for each of them to be done. If you have a list of phone calls to make, create deadlines for those too. If they are business calls, make the end of the business day your deadline. These deadlines will create pressure to get the tasks on your list done even if they aren’t for work.
Take an Honest Look at How You’re Completing Tasks
Chances are, there are several tasks you are working on that could be performed in another, more efficient manner. You won’t know this unless you take some time each day to review the tasks you are doing.
This doesn’t mean you get to procrastinate on the task, it just means that for tasks you complete frequently, you need to make sure that the way you are completing them is actually an efficient use of time.
Overall, when you feel you are unproductive in your life, it can lead to stress, worry, lack of confidence and inadequacy. My recommendation is, instead of sitting around wondering why you can’t be productive employ the tactics share here to help you get tasks done in your life. Before you know it, you’ll boost productivity and get more done than ever before!
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Cheryl A Major, CNWC
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