- Productivity is the result of intelligent planning – not working extra hours every day. And we know that there will simply never be enough hours in the day. So, we've curated a list of clever productivity hacks to help you along.
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Productivity is the result of intelligent planning – not working extra hours every day. The following productivity hacks can help you feel more in control of your workload.
- Isolate Yourself from Distractions
It is estimated that about 60 hours of work is wasted each month because of distractions. It also takes us about 25 minutes to get back on the job when we are distracted.
Remove all distractions from the work area. Things like news, games, and all other things that will hinder your productivity.
- Prioritize the Top 3 Things First
“Success is the sum of small efforts done day-in-day-out”
– Robert Collier
Write down the top 3 things that you have to do for the day. Be as clear and as specific as you can when writing them. Then do those 3 things first.
- Drink Lots of Water
The human brain is made up of 75% water.
Proper hydration is necessary if we want to function properly. Drinking the right amount of water gives us more energy, flushes out toxins, and it helps improve our work performance.
- Have Short Meetings
Your meetings should be short with a maximum length of 30 minutes.
Research says that the human mind has this ‘cognitive backlog’. This ‘cognitive backlog’ simply means that that the more information our brain acquires the harder it is to process new information. Long meetings provide lots of information which people tend to forget.
Have short meetings and have every member prepare what they’re going to say beforehand. Meetings should be where people decide on a course of action, they’re not supposed to brainstorm ideas on the spot.
- Use the Pomodoro Technique
What is the Pomodoro technique? This technique is all about breaking down your work into short 25 minute Pomodoro blocks. In between each block you give yourself a 5 to 10-minute break. After completing 3 to 4 Pomodoro blocks, give yourself a 30-minute break.
This short bursts of work and breaks will ensure that you are productive throughout the day.
- Group Similar Tasks Together
You’re doing paperwork for one hour and at the next hour, you’re doing interviews. This greatly reduces your productivity.
Doing similar tasks, on the other hand, improves neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is simply the ability of the brain to get stronger and better at tasks that it does over time. So you’re actually building a momentum of productivity when you’re doing similar tasks for a long period of time. Try it sometime.
- Music Boosts Productivity
Teresa Lesiuk from the University of Windsor, Canada has found out that the lack of music in the workplace impairs the quality of the work being done. It was discovered that work took far longer to finish without music.
Lesiuk also found out that listening to background music while doing repetitive tasks helps improves our mood and our focus. Mood and focus being a factor that determines how productive an individual is.
Why not listen to your favorite beat and tune to get the job done. If you can’t listen to music in your workplace, then try humming to yourself.
- Just Say No
Don’t be a “Yes Man”. It’s good to help others, lend people cash, or help your fellow coworkers. Just don’t say “yes” to things that will greatly affect the quality of your work. If your boss gives you extra work over the weekend without extra pay, then you gotta say “no”, since working on the weekends can affect your work performance.
Learn to say no because you are not a doormat to step on. Don’t sacrifice your work for the sake of others.
- Use Ad Blockers and Site Blockers
Don’t you find it irritating when ad continuously pop up during work? You have to turn close them one by one. Only to find out that minutes later, another ad has popped up!
This is probably one of the most irritating things that you could ever experience at work.
There are studies that show that these sites can disrupt the work of even the best multi-taskers in the world. If they get distracted by it what can a normal office worker do?
You should also avoid sites that take up a lot of your time like Facebook, game sites, news sites, and other sites that you visit often.
- Believe in what Elon Musk Says
We all know who Elon Musk is. He’s the man who wants to go to Mars, and he’ll do whatever it takes to achieve it in his lifetime.
Whoever you are, wherever you from, or whatever you’re doing. I recommend that you listen to what Elon Musk says on business, productivity, and all things concerning life.
He’s a man with a net worth of over 15 billion US dollars, he’s a big influence on today’s space exploration efforts. And he’s a man on a mission.
Elon Musk Believes that “If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.”
This touches us to something that we should all remember. If we want something badly then we should do everything it takes to get. If you want to succeed in work and in life, then you should make an effort to succeed.
No productivity hacks or workplace tricks can contend with the sheer willpower needed to succeed.
- Start the Day with Something Small or with Something Tough
You should always prioritize the most important things first. If your report is a day late, then prioritize in finishing it today.
If you don’t like to start big, then you can do the easier tasks first. You can build confidence and momentum that way. And then you’ll eventually be able to do the big tasks.
- Follow the Two Minute Rule
What is this two-minute rule?
Well, it’s very simple, if you can do something within a few minutes, then you should do it right away. Because if you don’t, then you’re work pile will continue to pile up and up and up and up.
- Don’t even think about procrastinating
The biggest hindrance to productivity is procrastination. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do for today.
Do your job and don’t even think about procrastinating.
- Just Do It!
Do you know what Nike’s motto is? That’s right, “Just do it”
Don’t overthink things and just do your job.
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