Productivity is not about doing more, it’s about making more use of your time. Below are a few tips that will help you be more productive.
Urgent vs Important (Eisenhower Matrix)
Most of the time we prioritize the urgent things as opposed to the important ones. When deciding on what to do first, focus on the things that have a higher positive effect in your life. Another tip is to look at the outcome as opposed to the time that it will take to complete a particular task.
Re-think your to do list
When writing down your to do list use a futuristic approach. What task will give you the most satisfaction at the end of the day if completed. Once you identify it prioritize it as the most important one and use the same approach when assigning priority to the rest of your tasks.
Planner vs Doer
We all have a reflective and action taking side and it’s important to create a balance with both sides. Reflective activities include reflecting on your life, setting goals and dreaming about all the things you want to achieve. Doer activities on the other hand include putting your goals and dreams into action. Curve out time to plan and organize things so that the same energy can trickle down to the implementation of your goals and ideas.
Avoid Context switching
This means switching from one task to another. It leads to loss of effectiveness because our brains take time to re-calibrate and mentally prepare to do another task. Take advantage of batching similar things or tasks that take a short amount of time to complete together. This will help you avoid the temptation of switching between tasks.
Change the way you spend your breaks
When taking a break in between work try to engage in things that are outside of work or conversations that are all about work so that you can feel more reinvigorated when you get back to work.