It’s never easy to know whether you are winging it at life or just watching the days go by. With the current pandemic looming, without any light at the end of the tunnel, most of our lifestyles and schedules have since been interrupted and changed.
As a result, some people grew more productive to suit the changes while for others the changes meant a drop in productivity. Having a hard time knowing which side you belong? Here are some you can adopt to help you be more productive:
- Always remove the unimportant
Basically productive people have mastered the art of prioritizing what they want to do all day, week and sometimes month.
They rarely get destructed by unimportant things like watching TV or browsing on social media before getting done with the main tasks of the day.
- Work with the 80/20 rule
The 80/20 rule basically means you mainly focus on 20% of your tasks that will have an impact on the rest of the 80%.
It’s not every day that you can have all your tasks done and ready by the end day but when you complete the few that are hard, you are at a better place to complete all the tasks.
- Take strategic breaks
When you are having a busy day, it is always important to have rejuvenating breaks that are likely to help you push forward for the longer road ahead.
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Don’t take breaks when you don’t need them or let one last for too long, it is likely to throw you off from what you were doing.
- Remove distractions
As established before, removing the unimportant is the first step to staying productive but also staying away from distractions completely will help you stay focused.
For instance, you are likely to be distracted by your phone constantly buzzing with unread messages. When working you can put it on silent mode and away from your eyeshot.
- Set a timeline
Our brains can only focus on tasks for a particular given amount of time. Before you get fully engrossed on your scheduled tasks, always give yourself a timeline to help you stay focused.
Also, don’t forget to incorporate breaks in between to help you rejuvenate your mind and body.
- Create your work flow environment
The office automatically helps you switch to work mode, but while in the house you have to create a work environment to help you stay focused.
You can set up a given space or room where children and other household members won’t distract you once you start working.
Also ensure the room is safe from noise and other environmental distractions.
- Use technology whenever you can
The reason why you easily get distracted from your flow is because you are probably overworking and you need rest. It is important to use technology whenever you can to reduce on the workload.
You can also make a duty roster to include your household members to do house chores and give you more time to complete other tasks.