We all have a lot on our plates – job searches, interviews, work, family, pets, hobbies, activities. How can we fit it all into our busy day? The key is to train yourself to become more productive.
Productivity can be learned. It’s not a complicated skill to build and the results will change your life. Productivity requires motivation and focus. If you follow these 8 simple steps you’ll boost your productivity in no time.
- Eliminate Distractions – Our brains are wired for distractions. Chiming smartphones, grumbling tummies, barking dogs, and social media click bait destroys our focus. Use earplugs, block websites, turn off notifications, and eat proper meals to help you stay focused. Here are more tips to maintain your focus that you should read.
- Prioritize Your Tasks – Make a list of what you need to get done. Do the most important thing first. Your focus will diminish over time, so use it while you have it.
- Utilize Technology – Save time by automating things. Try to automate bill payments, set up your email to sort your messages, or utilize job alerts to find the most relevant jobs. Technology can be a distraction, but it can also be a huge time saver.
- Stop Multi-Tasking – In case you didn’t know, multi-tasking makes you stupid. While we may feel like we are completing more things faster, we aren’t. Quality and focus suffer when we multi-task.
- Focus On One Thing At A Time – This is very similar advice as step #4 , but deserves it’s own bullet point. Find one thing you need to do and do it until it’s done. Then move on to whatever is next. Focusing on one thing at a time is one of the most important steps to train yourself to be more productive.
- Train Your Brain – Treat your brain like any other muscle. If you don’t use it, you lose it. If you want your brain to reach its peak, you have to work at it. It’s not an instantaneous change. You need to start slow. Try to focus for 10 minutes at first then slowly increase that time until you are productivity machine.
- Schedule Your Day – Set up a routine that you will follow. Block out chunks of time during your day for specific tasks. Use this time to train your brain and complete those tasks. Write a to-do list and cross things off when things are completed. It’s a rewarding feeling.
- Reward Yourself – All of this training is worthless without some sort of reward. When you break a new personal “focus” record, treat yourself to something nice. When you complete a time block from your schedule, reward yourself. If you don’t reward yourself, it will be very hard to stay motivated and to train yourself to be more productive.
Follow all of these steps and your productivity will boom. Productivity will help you create more time for yourself, reduce your stress levels, and help you find a work/life balance that’s important for your own sanity.
Absolutely everyone can apply these steps and boost productivity. Share this with your friends and enjoy all the extra time you’ll create.