Imagine ending your day with a sigh of relief and satisfaction, that you did something productive today, and did not waste your precious time in any manner. Feels good right? Well, this is only achievable when you become more productive in your life. Becoming productive doesn’t happen on the spot. It takes passion, motivation, and competitiveness. However, it’s not that difficult when you know the right kind of tips and tricks on how to keep yourself productive throughout the day.
Here are some of the tips and tricks you can follow to increase your productivity.
1. Prepare a To-Do List
Often at times, people fail in following to-do lists. The reason is simple, people make such complex to-do lists consisting of tasks that hard to do in a short period. Some tasks take lesser time, and some take too long. This imbalance between the division of tasks makes to-do lists a failure. To avoid this situation, prepare a to-do list keeping a balance in between required tasks. Accomplish those tasks, that are being pushed the next day and then the next and then the next… Turn off any unnecessary distractions around you for example phone calls, emails, social media, etc. Distractions cause people to never finish their to-do list on time.
2. Manage Time Effectively
Productivity can never occur if you don’t know how to manage your time. Some tasks don’t take much time while some do. The longer ones often force us to spend so much time on them that we become unable to finish others. To avoid this situation, we need to divide our tasks into smaller goals. Let’s say, for example, you are assigned a project. Divide it into smaller sections by understanding what to do first. What assets do you need? Who should guide you? Whom should you call first? etc. Understanding the scope of your task, dividing it into parts, and estimating the time of completion for each task, will help you finish on time.
3. Avoid Multitasking
Multitasking can make the situation worse. Sometimes, you are focusing on two tasks at a time and what happens is that you mess up both. For this, it’s best to avoid multitasking. Multitasking not only drains your energy but gives you stress, disappointment, and burden, causing you to lose focus and be in a state of fear. Instead of multitasking, focus on one goal at a time. Once you finish one goal, then head towards another. Not only will you be able to save your energy that way, but you’ll also be able to finish a task effectively.
4. Merge Similar tasks
If there is one task like another, then instead of switching between them, just do them at once. This is unlike multitasking. I’ll give you an example. Let’s suppose you are requested to check emails and there is an email you need to respond to. Instead of responding to that email and then switching to another task, and coming back again to look for other emails just look at all emails at once.