You could work hard, but you should work smart. If you feel like your output is greater than your results, then you're probably not working smart. If you've ever sought out how to improve performance, then you already know to write out your goals and seclude yourself from distractions.
Here are five tips to boost your productivity that you may not have considered.
- Manage your life as you would your job. Be the boss your company or employer needs. Think about what the ideal boss would look like and what you would want them to accomplish and do it. If you want to increase productivity in areas of your life outside of work, manage your free time like you would your job by prioritizing your to-do list and blocking time to accomplish tasks.
- Make small changes in your habits rather than setting up unrealistic expectations. In order to achieve goals, you have to break them into sub-goals, but beyond that, introduce your sub-goals into your lifestyle and they will feed into your larger ambitions. Want to write a book? Don’t just tell yourself you're going to write a certain amount of words per day, rather find a way to incorporate writing in your daily life that is seamless and doesn't feel like too overbearing of a change.
- Be mindful of when and for how long you're most productive and maximize on that time. For many, a work day is about eight hours, but not all eight hours are productive. Identify the timeframe for when you're most focused and energized and set out to accomplish your most difficult tasks in that time and save smaller, less intensive jobs for the other hours in your day.
- Get your body going first thing in the morning and disconnect at the end of your day. Before you start your day, workout to get your blood pumping and listen to a podcast or an audio book to activate your brain. At the end of your day, do an activity that doesn't require much out from you but after, will allow you to easily switch gears and focus on other things.
- Block social media and have in person conversations that get you up, moving, and communicating. Unless it’s integral to your job, use one of the various apps available that will block you from accessing your personal social media accounts. If you need socialization, visit your co-worker that you were going to write an email to as it’ll save you both from answering more emails, and you will have accomplished a task in a shorter amount of time.
The measure of productivity, which is a skill like any other, is growth, but in order to grow, you have to face challenges. Challenge yourself and it will amaze you how much you can accomplish.
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