Are you constantly getting distracted at work? Waking up tired? Checking your emails too often instead of focusing on an important project? We know the feeling. If you want to learn some magical secret tricks on how to be more productive, there are none. Just do one thing at a time and start your projects without distractions. Follow the recommendations in this post provided by an expert specializing in keeping people on task.
If you’re doing lots of things at once trying to switch from one issue to another you’re happily feeding your distractions and playing with them like a pet owner (read: procrastinator). No wonder. You get a shot of the feel-good chemical dopamine every time any type of distraction disarms your focus. So stop multi-tasking. It’s easier said than done, but deluding yourself won’t help you in becoming more productive.
A few tips for a start. Get a good night’s sleep and lead a healthy life. In the early morning make a to-do list for the day. Listen to the music that inspires you. Spot the weapons of mass distraction and avoid them at all costs. Take frequent breaks (after about 40-60 minutes of hard work). Taking short breaks increases your concentration. Have a glass of water or a 10-minute workout during your break. Learn more about creativity boosters.
Ways to be more productive
- after you wake up in the morning, drink a glass of water, eat a nutritious breakfast and spend a few minutes on creating your to-do list for the day
- break down your work into smaller elements until you come up with specific tasks you can include into your to-do list: if you set your goals clearly, you can then easily cross them off your list once accomplished
- vigorously aim at avoiding distraction: turn off your phone, sign out of your Gmail account, close your Skype etc. Find a quiet place at home/at work where you can practice all the recently learned ways to be more productive and finally complete your current task
- schedule your email: choose a few times a day (not more than 3) when you’re going to check your email
- STOP multitasking: seriously, you’ve got to stop. Did you know that changing tasks more than 10 times a day makes you dumber than being stoned? It’s a scientifically proven fact…
- recharge your brain after an hour of work (maximum): go for a walk, exercise, practice creativity techniques or have a snack/glass of water. In short, do something useful for a healthy distraction (15-20 minutes)
- when you have free time read how to stimulate your brain and benefit from this knowledge
How to increase productivity in the workplace
You spend all day long at work juggling phone calls, emails and instant messages. You’re constantly busy with something. Yet the stack of paper on your desk keeps piling up, and the deadlines are looming. But you can’t seem to get focused and always feel tired. If this sounds familiar to you, we suggest that you learn more on how to increase productivity in the workplace.
So, if you want to avoid unnecessary time traps and stress, follow these easy steps to increase productivity at work:
- prioritize your tasks
- deal with small problems immediately
- get rid of clutter on your desk
- set your own working schedule
- put all the information you currently need in one place
- put becoming more productive on your priority list (and mean it)
Although productivity can be learned and practiced, the power of will is not everything you need to become more productive at work. Pay attention to the following keywords that greatly contribute to your productivity:
- deliberate practice
- focus on hardest tasks
- taking breaks
- disciplined scheduling
If there’s anything that stands in the way of you starting a project, just get started ASAP. Start NOW. No matter how hard your brain tries to simulate real work by focusing on mindless tasks. Starting is half the battle. But before you start a project, make sure you’ve followed all the tips in this post. With a goal and action plan in mind your productivity levels can soar to new heights.