Some days being productive can feel like a burden. This is especially true when you can’t change your environment. Such as being stuck in your home during lockdown, or not being able to afford an office for your business. There are ways to combat those negative thoughts, however, and double your productivity for good.
Below I share my top tips for doubling your productivity. Implementing these can tips change your life for the better and help you get more done. These may not work instantly as lifestyle changes are for the long term, not the short term. It’s important that once you’ve implemented these changes, you keep on doing them otherwise your productivity will just go down again.
Don’t Be Afraid To Take Breaks
Breaks are just as important as working. If you work constantly you are at risk of experiencing burnout which will leave you at your most unproductive. Taking a break lets your brain refresh itself and is vital for being productive. When your brain is tired you can miss simple things like spelling mistakes, but after a break you’ll be working at full capacity again. Taking 5 minutes for a cup of coffee is also 100% acceptable.
Put Your Phone Away And Be Productive
Unless you have to make important, productive phone calls, it’s probably better to leave your phone in another room, or at least somewhere you won’t be tempted to use it. It’s not enough to just turn notifications off because there is still the temptation to browse social media, so if you’re phone is out of reach you’re less likely to think about it at all. This will help you focus on the task at hand with minimal distraction.
Do The Hardest Task First
Maintaining productivity throughout the entire day can be difficult as the afternoon can feel harder if you’ve left the hardest, most unpleasant task for last. If you begin your day by doing the hardest task and get through it successfully, you’ll feel invincible and get a boost for doing the smaller, easier tasks. It might seem like a burden at the beginning of the day, but you’ll thank yourself for your more relaxed afternoon.
Make A List To Be More Productive
Either the day before or in the morning, make a list of all the things you need to do in that day. This will help you keep track of what you’ve achieved and what you still need to get done. Ticking off what you’ve gotten done can be a huge motivator. I’d even recommend taking a small break each time you finish a task so that you can mentally prepare for the next one.
Don’t Be Scared To Postpone Tasks
If you’re in the middle of a task and it just isn’t happening, move on. Attempt another task that may fit your mindset in the moment a bit better. If you stick with a task you aren’t making progress with you’ll lose motivation and get a lot less done overall. Avoid wasting time by assessing the rest of your tasks and picking one you know you’ll be able to complete. Don’t avoid the task completely though, go back to it with fresh eyes a couple hours later.
Ask For Help
We’re all human. Sometimes we will struggle with things and in those moments you should absolutely ask someone for help. You can’t be good at everything and the minute you admit that, is the minute you’ll instantly be more productive. Instead of wasting time struggling ask someone else to help you or hire a freelancer to do it for you. You will not be productive when making no progress with a task.
Make A Routine To be Productive
Making a routine for your day will help you be more productive overall, but only if you stick to it so you must make it realistic. Schedule every detail down to your breaks and your meals. If something runs over, it’s okay, just move everything else back by a little bit. Having a routine is vital in maintaining productivity because it creates healthy havits that help you keep everything going for more than just a few days.
There is nothing worse than getting to lunch time and realising that you need to plan an entire meal. This can stretch out your lunch break and waste time. Meal planning saves you hours in the kitchen coming up with what to eat and lets you spend more time doing other productive things.
Create A Nice Environment
Sitting in an environment with a lot of distractions can be uncomfortable and lessen your productivity. Make sure to create a nice working environment with minimal distractions in order to be the most productive you. If you’re in a space you like, you’re more likely to want to go back there as well, so it’s great motivation.
Learn To Say No
You aren’t a superhero and only have so many hours in a day, if you don’t have the time…say no! There is no shame in it. It’s better to let someone down initially than let them down when they could have asked someone else to do it. Don’t be scared to tell them you’re too busy.