Do you find yourself lacking productivity at work? Do you check your email or Facebook on your phone during meetings? It happens to everyone—you start the day knowing what you need to finish, but as soon as 5:00 rolls around, you haven’t achieved nearly as much as you had planned. Being productive is more than just checking off boxes on to-do lists. Productivity is bringing our best and full energy to the time we have set to do our work. Find out how you can trick yourself into getting more done—efficiently!
Here are 5 tips to help you be more productive today…and every day!
Keep your Procrastination Structured
How many times do you wander down an Internet rabbit hole? It may seem like the best way to focus on the task at hand is to have less to do to focus more easily, right? Wrong. Try a different approach—try “structured procrastination” instead. Keep a few of the really important tasks on your list and you’ll be less likely to avoid them, and schedule in breaks to go online or take a quick walk around the building.
Clean Up Your Work Space
You probably have heard “a messy work space can make for a cluttered mind”. It’s not just a saying—research shows that physical clutter can actually inhibit your mind’s ability to focus. Clear your work space and get rid of any distractions.
It’s a common myth that we can get more done when we do more at once. In reality, multitasking reduces your ability to get things done fast and efficiently. If you go from one task to another, you interrupt brain functions, add stress and boost toxic hormones, such as cortisol, which can cloud your thinking and destroy brain cells. To avoid multitasking, clear your desk so only one task or activity is visible at a time. Or as Emily Schwartz, founder of The Time Diet, recommends, try everything in moderation – choose your meat, veggie and dessert of the day and focus on completing those tasks only.
Workout before You Work
After an aerobic activity, you can think better for two hours after exercising. More glucose and oxygen gets to your brain when you get moving. Hit the gym before heading into the office to start your day on a productive note. And, you don’t need to stop moving once you’re there—do some jumping jacks in your office or squats in the stairwell—your brain will thank you for it!
Be Competitive—With Yourself
Competition is one of the best motivators. If you set a timer, even for just ten minutes, it can boost your productivity. Try to beat the clock to beat procrastination. When you carve out blocks of time, your work can seem less overwhelming than an entire project.
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