how to become productive?
Do you procrastinate most of the time and beat yourself up for not being productive? Once, I belonged to the same crowd but using few productivity tricks and developing consistent habits, I have been able to get things done on time.
Productivity is not about getting more things done, it’s about getting essential things done with focus consistently. You won’t be productive overnight it requires consistent effort so be patient with yourself and acknowledge your small achievements.
HOW CAN WE BE MORE PRODUCTIVE?
Here are some helpful productivity tips that I would like to share with you.
- Start making To-Do list:
To-Do lists are our time savior. If you invest 10 minutes daily on the To-Do list, it will save your 2 hours of trying to figure out what to do. You can make an effective To-Do list with the help of todoist.com. There are some things to keep in mind while making a To-Do list:
Prioritize your tasks:
After you make your To-Do list take a few minutes and analyze it and eliminate the unimportant ones. This will help you prioritize the essential ones. Using the Eisenhower method is a great way to do it.
Set a timeline for your tasks:
While you list out your tasks, set a timeline for them. Write down the specific time for which you are going to focus on that certain task.
Break down your bigger task into smaller ones:
While listing your bigger task break them into a few small steps. For example, if you have to make a presentation don’t write down make a presentation as your task. Instead, write research for presentation, design 1st slide, and so on.
- Set a Deadline for your tasks:
To overcome procrastination and be productive we need to know how a procrastinator’s mindset functions.
Basically, procrastinators push back the work until the last minute of the deadline. Hence, setting aside deadlines for your task by yourself gives your brain a sense of urgency to do the work.
- Take Breaks:
Remember it is important to take breaks while you work in order to be productive. As humans, we have a certain focus time span, and if we work continuously exceeding our focus timespan then we won’t be able to work effectively. There are different methods we can use for it. One of the effective one is the Pomodoro method.
In Pomodoro method, you basically work for 25 minutes and take a 5-minute break. After working for 4 sessions this way, you take a longer break of 15-20 minutes.
- Set a “me” time every day:
Making time for yourself is important for your mental health. During your “me” time, unplug yourself from all the digital distractions and work stress. Just lay in your bed and read your favorite novel or just sit there without doing anything.
This helps to improve your mood and also works as a reward. I personally like to take 30 minutes “me” time in the evening after completing my important tasks for the day.
- Set-up an efficient system:
Setting up a system is developing and consistently practicing habits that save up your time in the future. It can be as simple as making To-Do every day and making a schedule.
- Learn to say “NO”:
You cannot say yes to everything. You need to set your priorities and work accordingly as per your limits to have a balanced life. So learn to say no to that meet up you don’t want to attend. Simply put, say no to things that will make you feel drained.
Productivity is a mindset that we can build by being consistently completing our important tasks effectively. It is important to take breaks and take care of yourself.
Productivity is working efficiently rather than working all day. Breaks and strategy are important. Do what works for you, try different productivity hacks, and establish your own system.
There is no one size fits all when it comes to productivity. Start now by doing that one important thing that you have been procrastinating to do for a long time.
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