7 Tips to More Productivity
You’ve likely heard lecture after lecture from your boss about making sure the business is more productive. Or perhaps you own your own business but worry you’re not getting as much done as you could. Being more productive is a worthy goal, but to achieve it, it’s important to understand it’s not always about working harder; you have to work smarter.
- 1. Clean Your Workplace – Whether you work from home or in an office, you’ll want to work in a clean environment. That doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your collection of novelty coffee mugs or throw out that family photo, only that your work space should be free of clutter. A mess can prove to be an annoying distraction, so cleanliness will lead to more productivity.
- Learn to Prioritize – Sometimes, the list of tasks and jobs you need to accomplish during the day, week, month, and even year can be long and intimidating. To better tackle your to-do list, you need to prioritize. Determine which jobs are the most important and make sure to put them at the top of the list. Figuring out how much time each task will require and what resources are needed can also help you prioritize.
- Know You’re Not Perfect – It’s easy to get bogged down in the details of a project. What often happens is we get stuck on the little mistakes and imperfections and end up spending way too much time worrying about them. Understand that you’re not perfect. Sometimes a project just has to get done. Worrying about minor errors can end up costing you time you could spend on other tasks.
- Find the Right Schedule – Are you a morning person? Do your most difficult tasks in the morning. Do you work best after lunch? Save the tough stuff for the afternoon. When you know how you work, you can make a schedule that takes into account what times of day you’re at your best.
- Save Time For Yourself – It might seem counterproductive to schedule some time where you’re doing nothing, but it can help you in the long run. Scheduling some “do-nothing time” is an excellent way to ease stress. Do-nothing time might include surfing the web, taking a brief walk, or even meditating, which, as Nu Skin describes, can be a great way to “clear your thoughts.”
- Avoid Distraction With Technology – The bane to productivity is the distraction. Luckily, there are certain ways to get rid of distractions, specifically with technology. Programs like “Self-control” on the Mac or “Self-Restraint” on PC can block certain web sites for specific times of day. It’s a great way to keep on task when it’s so easy to wander onto the world wide web.
- Avoid Multi-Tasking – Even if you fancy yourself an excellent multi-tasker, don’t do it. Science has shown that the human brain just isn’t good at it. Multi-tasking means nothing will get your full, focused attention. There’s also a greater likelihood of forgetting important details.
Being more productive takes a conscious effort, but once it becomes a regular part of your routine, it’s gets much easier. Try out some of the tips listed above, and you’ll quickly see how much more you’re able to get done.
About the Author: Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, beauty and fashion. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym. Connect with her @PaisleyHansen