Hustle – that’s what the say is the primary ingredient for success. We’re not only talking about a monumental victory; we’re talking about being successful at tackling each project that life throughs your way whether it’s work related, linked to home chores, about school or just a really lengthy to-do list. However, often we are influenced by the spells cast by our own unproductive behavior.
Suffering through this productivity deficiency often sips at your time leisurely until you are left with only so much of it to spend on things that matter. It eats up your motivation to do anything at all. It keeps you from reaching your potential. It increases the distance between you and your goals.
The inability to be productive often also lowers your self-esteem and thus, takes down the notch on your performance at whatever you are doing. When you find yourself time and again behind on all the things you have to do, you tend to lose confidence.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Unlike motivation, your productiveness doesn’t have to be on a rollercoaster ride. Wondering how you can become more productive?
We’ve got 7 tips that can help you fuel your productivity.
- Figure out why you are unproductive
Perhaps your unproductive spirits have some rocks weighing them down. What we mean, is that it can be that there’s a reason triggering such behavior. Are you feeling more stressed lately? Do you tend to procrastinate when you have too much or too less on your plate? Is something bothering you deep down?
To kick your productivity back into action, you’ll have to solve any issues you might be dealing with. Which approach you should take to that depends on the cause. Don’t forget to admit this to yourself: are you feeling unproductive or being lazy? Several people tend to confuse the two. If laziness is the culprit, you better get back to business soon, and handle things efficiently.
- Start your morning by doing your thing
So many of us have this habit of beginning our days by unlocking the cellphone and checking our emails first thing in the morning. This allows your contacts and specifically, work related ones, to govern your day. You see that email of your boss with further details, explaining the urgency of the task at hand destroys your morning mood and keeps you from getting the required ‘you’ time.
A better approach? Don’t turn on the device’s Wi-Fi first thing when you wake up. Start your day by reading the newspaper, preparing breakfast, taking a long bath, exercising, meditating, etc. You know, just do your thing. Begin your day on your own terms.
- Logout of your unimportant social media networks
In this digital age, we’re easily distracted by the ping that tells of a Facebook notification, exploring feeds on social media, snapping pictures every second of the day, responding to chat groups, etc. While networking is a good idea, an excess of anything can be bad. Keep yourself from ignoring whatever you are busy at in the middle of it by not contributing your attention to social media.
Unless you are on a break, don’t let such alerts take your focus away. One good way to get started? Sign out. Only sign in when need be then sign out because its these opened accounts on your phone that keep patting at your back to distract you. By logging out, you’ll have less of an urge to visit your accounts.
- Don’t overburden yourself too much
Too many times what we do is that we make to-do lists longer than we can handle. Divide your work. Don’t force yourself to do more than you can manage. Eliminate all those things from your list that do not require immediate attention and keep them for another day. If by the end of the day, you have enough time left to complete these extra things as well, that’s even better.
Some people can work better when they do all the smaller things at first and free up space for the larger stuff next. While others prefer to do their difficult tasks before and keep the easy ones for the end. Go for whichever approach you find easier.
- Make a routine and follow it religiously
Next, plan a system and stick to it as much as you can. You can allot tasks in a timely manner. Do the most challenging projects on your list before lunch. That’s the time when you’re most active. Then a bunch of projects should be done before 5 PM. The next shift of work should have till 8 PM as end time. You can set benchmarks throughout the day in a similar manner.
Give your email ID attention only at particular times. Don’t check it every few minutes. Also, don’t forget to add frequent short breaks of a few minutes to your routine. Nonstop work is an energy drainer. You need to charge your own batteries too.
- Eliminate the habit of multitasking all the time
It’s good to be a multitasker. But some tasks, they require to be done solo. Multitasking only delays them until you get so irritated with them that you don’t even feel like completing them. Multitask only where necessary and where possible. Otherwise, you might end up with a bunch of incomplete tasks and only a few works properly finished.
When you focus on one job at a time, you allow your brain to handle it with more efficacy. Somedays might demand you to multitask, sure. However, do not make it into a habit. Multitasking takes up more time and keeps you from doing justice to each thing you have on your list.
- Declutter your workspace to reduce stress
The more the things around you, the more slices of your attention will be sacrificed to them. A great way to ensure your productivity levels don’t go down is by keeping your desk and room clean. Your work area should be organized and minimal. Cozy, it can be. But downright messy? That’s a problem that must be solved.
Decluttering is a way to destress. The more the mess around you, the more anxious, out of control, and confused you can feel. Cleaning up the area is very helpful. Some people even consider it a pre-work activity for clarity of mind. With the workspace clean, you feel like you’ve accomplished at least something.
To sum up, keeping your productivity in place is not as improbable as you might be finding it. Start your day by giving yourself some space, decide your work terms, don’t start the day worrying about the hanging tasks above your head. Avoid multitasking and set a schedule. Take small breaks throughout the day. Divide the to-do list and eliminate unimportant tasks from it. Don’t overburden yourself. And last but not the least, clean your workspace along with your headspace.