Productivity: we all want more of it, but many of us aren't sure how to maintain a productive flow long-term. Really, it's all in the mind: but if you excercise these mental hacks, you will find yourself picking up speed and focus on your work projects.
- Eliminate the unproductive parts of your day. Believe it or not, but if you track what you do during the day or week, you'll find that a lot of time is spent on things that are unimportant. Try tracking what you do in one day, and you'll see what you waste your time on: it can be anything from the last night's dishes, to the extra hour on social media. By recognizing how you spend your time, you'll get a better idea of how to set up a better schedule and reduce these distractions or time-sucking activities when you should be working. Overall, you'll feel more productive, and actually get more free time with friends and family, without the work stress or guilt.
- Prioritize what you can do best, first. Sometimes, we get caught up in not starting or finishing a project when there are components that we do not want to work on. But, if you can start with the parts that are easy to do or enjoy, you can make more headway on those projects. In addition, by finishing up the components that you're good at, you'll feel more energized and positive about getting the rest of your work done.
- Be proud of what you do accomplish. It's a lot harder to feel productive when you constantly think negatively about your work. Thoughts like "I could have done more" or "I wish I started sooner, it would have been better" can continue to stress you out and make your even more unproductive. By thinking positively about what you finish, and by rewarding yourself for your accomplishments, you'll have a better mindset for work.
These practices overall will make you prepared for any time of project, no matter it's time constraints or size. To learn more ways on hacking your way to a more productive life, visit the Productivity or Self-Improvement sections of our blog.
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