Productivity differs from one person to another. Everyone can be productive on a given day if they follow the proper steps. In this blog, you will find tips and tricks to make your day more productive and get more accomplished in your day.
Create a To-Do List
Every night before going to bed, try to take some time to plan out your next day. Write down some bullet points of realistic goals and tasks to be accomplished. Always try to keep your list short and precise, don’t overwhelm yourself with tasks. Keep this list right next to your bed, and look at it the moment you wake up in the morning.
Schedule Email Time
Try to check your inbox only twice a day (unless your work demands you to check it more often). Doing so will help you focus on your current task instead of constantly interrupting your line of thought to answer someone’s request. We recommend that you check your inbox once in the morning and once before you leave work to make sure you don’t miss anything urgent.
Take Advantage of Your Daily Commute
Most of us have some daily time spent on transportation. Always take advantage of this time to get things done or educate yourself more. There is this famous saying of “Your car is a moving library.” This is accurate because of the abundance of podcasts and audiobooks that are available for free. If you are not the one driving, you can use this time spent commuting to reply to the emails in your inbox or read a short self-development article. Whatever you do, always make sure you are being productive and using your time efficiently.
Make Use of Early Mornings
Early mornings are the best time to get things done. The environment is usually calm enough for you to start working on your tasks without interruptions. Try to prepare a cup of your favorite drink to help improve your mood and focus while working. If you are a night owl, it is OK to work late at night. However, it will affect your sleep quality, so always try to condition yourself to sleep at night as much as you can.
Disable Distracting Notifications
Notifications can easily distract you from your work, especially those on your phone caused by social media. Try to disable notifications from your phone while working to keep focused. You can schedule the “Do Not Disturb” feature on your phone to set it to silent automatically during your working hours.
While it sounds counterintuitive, multitasking is scientifically proven to reduce your productivity. You are better off focusing on one task at a time than dividing your attention between multiple tasks at once. Try to organize your work to complete assignments of the same type at once to improve your productivity.
Take Care of Your Health
Always make sure you are eating well and sleeping well. A healthy body promotes a healthy and focused brain. Exercising daily and getting adequate sleep will help you increase your productivity. Try to take small exercise breaks between your work where you walk around or do some pushups; it will help with your blood circulation and improve your focus.