By: Gina Mason
If you have ever said to yourself, “there just aren’t enough hours in the day” then you are probably like the millions of other people who are desperately searching for ways to get more done in a shorter amount of time. Even though, we now have the ability to connect and do a number of things effortlessly and simultaneously, at times (for me at least) it feels like it has never been harder to complete everything without distractions. Whether it is the constant ding of emails coming into my inbox or the buzz of my cellphone, it can be difficult to stay on task and “get s*** done,” as they say. However, like many other things in life, becoming more productive can be done easily with gradual changes over time.
I recently read an interesting article on Entrepreneur.com that had 20 simple tips on how to be more productive. Here are a few tips that have really helped me in my pursuit of becoming more productive.
Focus on a single task.
I hear my mother’s voice in my head saying, “If you want to do something, take the time to focus on it to do it right.” According to the article, “It’s been proven over and over that if you have two things to get done, completing them one at a time will not only allow you to finish sooner, it’ll also increase the precision of your work.”
Learn to say “no.”
Sometimes saying no is more productive than saying yes. “In his new book, The Power of No, James Altucher, bestselling author of Choose Yourself, dives head first into this practice. He states, “a well-placed ‘No’ can not only save you time and trouble, it can save your life.”
Get it out of the way.
This is one of the most useful tips for me…procrastinating only makes things worse. “Tackle what you don’t want to do first so that you don’t waste any mental energy resenting it. You’ll be so relieved that the rest of the day will seem simple.”
Some of my best thinking gets done around 4:00am when I get up and I stand by this tip… “The sooner you get started, the more you can get done. Learn to be an early riser and take care of personal issues and breakfast before you begin. Fewer distractions coupled with more time during the day equals more completed tasks.”
Schedule down time.
I think this is incredibly important to get much needed rest and relaxation in order to fully recharge, especially after a long week at work. “Work hard and play hard, but don’t mix the two. Be fully engaged wherever you are. When you’re working, go all out, and then schedule some time each day and on the weekends to stay far, far away from work. You deserve a break and your brain does too.”
Review your performance.
Review and reflection at times is the best way to learn how to improve your skills. “Take time at the end of each week to critique your results. Find ways to make improvements each week.”
Don’t beat yourself up.
This one is probably the most difficult, especially for those who are overachievers or perfectionists. “It takes time and practice to master anything, and productivity is no different. Constant improvement is the realistic goal — not perfection in one week.”
I hope you found these tips to be helpful and that incorporating a few into your daily routine will help you become a little more productive. To see the rest of the tips, check out the link below:
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