5 Steps to Instantly Increase Your Productivity
Being the most productive you during the work day is finding the sweet spot of realistic planning and focused efforts. Time is your most valuable asset and each day you are only granted so much. If you find yourself taking work home that should have been completed during the day or you aren't satisfied with the amount of work you're completing then there definitely is room for improvement. Here are FIVE simple things you can do that will seriously boost your work efforts.
- Have a To Do List
Now this might seem elementary and very basic, but having a To Do list planned in the morning or the night before gives you the goals you are going to achieve for the day. These are the top activities that will take up most of your time and require your focused attention. Depending on how you work, you can put your smaller tasks at the top of your list so you don't brush them off for the next day and leave larger, work intensive tasks for your peak productive self. Make sure you aren't bogged down with incoming distractions preventing you from dealing with these tasks.
- Follow the "Two Minute" Rule
According to Entrepreneur Steve Olenski, the two minute rule says that if you get a task, such as an email or quick phone call, and can complete it in less than two minutes, do it. Trying to multitask or schedule to do it later takes longer in the end game so just deal with it now.
- Cut Out Distractions
Distractions come in many shapes and sizes. Mostly as Cellphones, Text Messages, Mindless Internet Surfing, Gossip, Social Media and Emails. Avoid these throughout the day and just set aside one or two 15 minute segments of your day to deal with them.
- Ditch the Meetings
A big time killer for some offices are meetings. One-on-one with your boss is acceptable. Discussing the template for the employee of the month award isn't. Employees spend upwards of 30 hours a week participating in unproductive meetings. Think of all the time you could have had for your own goals.
- Create 90 Minute Blocks of Time to Work
If most of your day is spent sitting down on your computer, set aside 90 minutes the most to work on a difficult project or task. Our brains aren't wired to focus so hard for so long, so after your 90 minute super productive segment, take a break by getting up and stretching/walking for a bit. Your body and brain will thank you.