Today’s SplashID guest post on improving personal and business productivity comes from author and blogger Adam Scott.
Life Hacks to Improve Productivity
If you work full time like me, you understand what it’s like to feel behind schedule and unproductive. Productivity is a must for each and every day when dealing with business and life in general. However, sometimes we lose sight of how to remain productive and instead begin to procrastinate. Procrastination leads to loss of momentum and loss of precious time that we can’t afford to waste. If you want to learn how to remain productive in a simple manner, read on. Here are some useful life hacks to totally improve your overall productivity.
Do Small Tasks First
Many of us tend to look at our to do’s at the beginning of the day and then try tackling the most urgent or most important task first. Try instead to start with your small tasks like making a phone call or scheduling an appointment. These small tasks will only take a few minutes to complete, and will give you a feeling of accomplishment that will help you stay energized and productive. Once you have crossed the easy, quick tasks from your list, take on your larger, more complex tasks.
The best way to become good at anything is to practice. It takes a total of 21 days to make a habit. Therefore, you should aim to do a small part of whatever it is you’re trying to practice every single day. For example, if you want to become a pro at blogging, you should aim to write a blog post every single day. If you cannot find the time to write an entire post, try to write down a few ideas every day. This will keep blogging fresh in your mind and will allow you to practice. Whatever it is, break it into small pieces for everyday progress.
If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed, it may be time to downsize. This life hack involves getting rid of some of life’s distractions to focus on the now. Track your time to see where you are spending the most minutes. For example, if you spend 15 minutes trying to find clothes to wear in the morning, perhaps you need to minimize your closet choices, or maybe make it more efficiently organized. If you spend too much time trying to find things in your home, perhaps you need to purge a bit. If you feel unproductive at work, make sure your desk is clear and your planner is organized. Minimal surroundings are an important part of staying productive.
Learn to Say No
This last productivity hack is simple. If you are already overwhelmed with tasks, do not accept any more. Learn to say no to those who ask you for more. Know your limits and act on them instead of accepting what everyone else needs.
Productivity is very important for success both in your work life and your home life. Try using these life hacks to help you stay on task and be able to tackle each day without becoming overwhelmed. Your brain will thank you for it.