Does it ever feel like you’re spinning your wheels trying to make it through your to-do list? We all have the best of intentions with making the most of our time, but the distractions are just so… distracting. Instead of feeling frustrated at the end of the day, try implementing some new strategies to make you become more productive.
Here are our 10 tips to increase your productivity:
Don’t just sit there
No matter how much you love what you do, the workday can often drag on. If possible, work standing up to change things up. If your desk doesn’t work for standing, then take a quick walk around the office several times a day, even if it’s just to get water or coffee.
Do one thing at a time
Close down all those Chrome tabs. Yes, we know they’re there. It’s time to focus and in order to do so you need to work on one thing at a time. Oh, you may want to slip your phone into your drawer while you’re at it. Multitasking sounds nice, but in all reality it slows you down.
When was the last time you had a productive meeting? If you can remember one, it was probably less than 15 minutes. The traditional 2 hour meeting is draining and rarely produces results. Don’t waste your time preparing for and attending meetings, spend your time being productive. (Unless you’re not the boss and the boss says to go to a meeting, then you should probably go).
Get it over with
We all have those tasks we dread. And usually they get pushed to the end of the list, and then to the end again… and again. Instead of wasting your mental energy dreading whatever your dreaded task may be just get it done. You’ll feel lighter as soon as it’s over with which will increase your productivity.
Set a timer
Think about how well you function at the last minute. Setting a timer for your basic work creates a ‘last minute’ for you to push towards. You know how long it takes to accomplish your basic tasks, so set your timer and get ‘em done.
Keep a notebook nearby
Inevitably while you’re focused on your single task your mind will wander to all the other things you need to do. Don’t let yourself get frustrated by this. Instead keep a notebook nearby to jot down what comes to your mind and prevent yourself from getting hung up on it.
Keep your space organized
It’s easier to be focused in a space that won’t cause distractions. By keeping your space organized you’ll prevent your brain from wandering. You’ll also prevent yourself from “procrasti-cleaning”.
Block off your time
Schedule your time at the beginning of the day to allow yourself to focus on one task at a time. Take a look at your to do list and bundle together like tasks. This will allow you to move from one to the next smoothly within a predetermined block of time. Here are some tips to get you started.
It’s tempting to jump on tasks as they come in, but it’s ok to wait. By working through your tasks in order of priority and not time received you’ll be able to maintain efficiency, and get the most important projects completed.
Find your zone
At the end of the day how you work best is a matter of trial and error and something you discover over time. You may need noise cancelling headphones, a quiet area for phone calls, loud music or dimmed lights. Find what works best and do everything you can to create that environment.
There you have it. Now go do work. And if there’s still not enough time in the day, schedule a consultation with us to see how we can help.