Why is it that some people seem to be able to get an amazing amount of tasks done in the same time that other people get practically nothing accomplished? It all has to do with productivity and, like anything else in business or in life, learning to be more productive is something that takes time and effort.
The fact is that each and every person has the exact same 24 hours every day in which to get things done. The people who actually are able to get more things done are simply those that make better use of the same hours. In order to become a master of productivity, and use your hours much more efficiently, use the 10 Tips below. Enjoy.
Tip #1. Set goals and have a plan. Here’s the thing; many people believe that they are being productive and are surprised when they get to the end of their day and find that they’ve actually accomplished very little. The reason? They didn’t have a plan to follow. Without a plan and daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly goals, being more productive is almost impossible.
Tip #2. Get enough sleep and eat well. Simply put, it’s practically impossible to be more productive if you’re not getting the proper amount of sleep and you’re always tired. The same thing goes for eating unhealthy foods or not eating regularly throughout the day. A productive person gets plenty of sleep, eats nourishing food and has the energy and sharpness to prove it.
Tip #3. Automate as many tasks as possible. Social media is a great way to market and advertise but, unfortunately, it can also suck up all sorts of time every day. Luckily websites like Twitter and apps of all kinds will allow you to automate many things like updates, messages and so forth to your fans and followers. Use them and watch your productivity soar.
Tip #4. Take regular, quick breaks. While being glued to your work for hours at a time might seem like a good idea, taking regular but small breaks during the day is actually very essential to productivity. For the same reason that you wouldn’t want to do push-ups for 3 hours straight, you don’t want to work for hours at a time without taking a break to do something different. Just make them short and get up out of your chair to get a glass of water, stretch and rest your brain.
Tip #5. Finish your work in “chunks”. Let’s face it, if you sit down at the beginning of the day faced with a task that would be impossible for practically anyone to finish by the end of that same day, you’re going to have much more of an easy time procrastinating or making up excuses for yourself. If you give yourself a specific task to finish, and a specific amount of time to finishing, you are going to be much more productive we guarantee.
Tip #6. Never Multi – task. Did you know that several studies have shown that multitasking actually reduces productivity? It’s true, to the tune of 40%. The simple fact is that the most productive people focus on one task at a time and don’t even think about anything else until they’ve finished it. If you have to choose between doing one thing extremely well and for things moderately well, choosing one thing is best.
Tip #7. The social (but just a little). Productive people make a point of reaching out to at least one or two people during their day to say hello quickly and get their mind off of their work for a moment or two. This is what they call keeping your “work/life balance” balanced.
Tip #8. Just to get started. This is the last Tip but definitely the most important. Productivity starts when you start. The other 7 Tips above will only help you if you are actually engaged in doing the tasks that need to be done. The good news is that you can get started right now!
If you diligently use these 8 Tips starting today and keeping up with them every day, it’s almost a guarantee that your productivity will increase greatly. Like the old adage “if it is to be, it is up to me”, increasing your productivity lies in your very own 2 hands. Use the Tips above and you’ll find that those hands (and the rest of your body) can be quite productive.