When I talk about productivity, I don’t mean it in the economic sense, i.e. input verses output, but rather productivity in our daily lives. We often make the mistake of equating being busy with being productive, but they are not the same thing. Productivity in our daily lives is looking at how you systemize and/or manage your daily tasks in order to leave you with more time to spend on things you really want to do.
Productivity Hack no 1 – Work smart
So, what do I mean by working smart? Simply put, if you have tools that you use to help keep you focused and on track, USE THEM! It sounds simple but think about it, how many apps have you downloaded or how many “To Do” lists have you written down, only to end up not using or referring to them when it comes to planning your day. For example, if you have downloaded ASANA, to help you plan and organise your schedules, use it, or if you have made a list of things to complete for the day, refer back to it to make sure you are still on track.
Another classic example of working smart is, instead of writing emails, it might be better to just pick up the phone and speak to the person you are about to email. It ends up saving you time. By working smart, you are able to boost your productivity because you are utilising the tools available to you to help streamline your day, leaving you more time to spend on things you really want to do. So work smart, not necessarily harder, and boost your productivity.
Productivity Hack no 2 – Plan the next day
This isn’t to say you plan the whole day, but if you want to boost your productivity, you have to get into the habit of planning for the next day by simply spending 10/15 minutes writing down the key tasks you want to complete by the end of the next day.
What this does is that it keeps you focused for the next day and stops you from being reactive in your approach to your daily tasks so you don’t end up having to push back other projects in order to accommodate new tasks that pop up. Like they say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail, so get into the habit of mapping out the tasks you would like to get done by the end of the next day to help boost your productivity.
Productivity Hack no 3 – Take regular breaks
Take a break!! Now, that might sound a bit counterproductive, but when you think about it, nobody can stay in that deep zone of focus for a long period of time without getting physically or mentally tired. You need a break or you could find a task that would usually take you 10 minutes to complete could now take you 30 minutes because you didn’t take a break. The break refreshes the mind, replenishes your mental resources and helps you become more creative.
Additionally, when I say take a break, I mean an actual break, so no eating at your desk😆. A break means standing up to stretch, go for a walk, go speak to a colleague, basically change your scenery, remove yourself from your workspace.
These are pretty simple hacks you can start doing right now in order to boost your productivity, which also helps you develop good habits like being more organised. If you don’t know where to start when it comes to being organised, go check out my blog on how to get organised by CLICKING HERE where I go through 4 tips on how to get organised.
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