Let's face it, you are probably not as productive as you could be. Maybe you are distracted by the constant pinging of your cell phone or you keep daydreaming about that upcoming beach vacation. Whatever the case, you aren't getting enough done. Here are five tips to heighten your focus and increase your productivity.
Establish Your Productivity Window
Different people have different times of the day when they are most productive. For example, morning people tend to be most productive earlier in the day. The first key to productivity is to figure out when you are most productive. Once you have established your productivity window, try to tackle your most demanding tasks during that time period.
Banish Electronic Devices
No one wants to return to prehistoric times, but cell phones, the internet, and social media are very distracting. When you need to buckle down and get stuff done, turn your phone off and put your computer to sleep. There is nothing you will miss that you can't attend to later.
Take Advantage Of Breaks
We all need to recharge when we are trying to accomplish daily tasks. Staring at a computer screen or repeating the same actions every day can sap your motivation. When you have an opportunity for a break, make the most of it. Reinvigorate by taking a walk, socializing with friends, or even take a power nap.
Speaking of sleep, it is estimated that the U.S. loses up to 411 billion dollars in productivity yearly due to insufficient sleep. Set consistent times for your slumber and learn to practice proper sleep hygiene.
People don't like to take the time to organize but spending a few minutes can save you considerable more time later on. For example, make a to-do list the night before so you can hit the ground running in the morning. Another effective organizational tool is chunking, or breaking tasks—and information—into smaller more manageable parts. Finally, tidy up your home and workspace. As someone wise once said, an organized desk is an organized mind.
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