6. Start up work on next-day task lists.
In as much as you are done with the days task, put up some little work on the nezt day’s task has a lot it does towards productivity. there are about two ways in which this approach can help.
First, you’ll help your future self by setting a prioritized list of items in advance.
And second, you’ll be clearing your mind of tasks you don’t need to worry about today.
7. Avoid Wasting Time on Social Media
Don’t be all things to all people. Pick one or two social media platforms and go ALL IN. Put yourself on a schedule. Social media accounts are a double edge swords. We all know that too much of everything is bad, and this implies that things should be done with moderation.
Although, social media has its own plus with vast potential for connectivity and advertising, mindless scrolling on daily basis can become truly addictive.
If you are using your accounts for chatting more than you use them for the work benefits, then you are better off without them. The moment you spend a couple of days without going online, you will realize you haven’t missed anything special. Another way to solve this problem is to introduce a portion of discipline. Simply allow yourself 10 minutes of social media time after a full hour of work.
8. Reconstruct the way you thin about your in-box
You have to come up with a strategy on how you manage your email box list. Try Looking at your inbox and see how many messages have been sitting there for 24 hours or more. If the answer is anything other than “zero,” it’s time to step back and reevaluate your strategy for managing email.
Schedule certain times of the day that you check email, and stick with it. You can try tackling email first thing in the morning, after lunch, and at the end of day. And for Goodness sake, turn off email notifications.
If you think this is going to be a problem for your team members, colleagues or close pals, let them know ahead of time how you communicate throughout the day.
9. Build a micro-routine
This approach have saved alot. Micro routine simply put are action that requires minimal motivation or effort to complete. I strongly belive that
In building a micro-routine that works, consistency is key before it becomes a part of you. you need to put in a time frame of about 30 days and see it become a part of you.
This Forming a long-term habit, like a morning meditation routine, takes time. Forming a short-term habit yields similar benefits, but can be implemented immediately. Instead of introducing some new activity to keep track of, sort your current requirements into digestible circuits. For example, you could break each hour down into a repeatable process: 15 minutes of communication catch-up, 15 minutes of simple tasks, and 30 minutes of a difficult, larger task.
10. Take a Break in the middle of a task
Taking breaks is important as it help you stay creative and productive without burning out. Most people don’t have the luxury to take a full break between every single task. Instead, what they do is to switch tasks or to-dos. You need to pause for a minute to take a few deep breaths and reset yourself before you dive back in.
It’s actually more beneficial to break in the middle of a complex task that way, it’s easy to jump back into things.
11. Change Your Scenery
Most times when we carry out the task of reading, and it seems like we are struggling to keep focused and engaged while studying, then a change of scenery might just be the solution you need to get back on your game!
Also you can try looking out the window into nature. No window? No problem — one study found simply looking at a computerized image of nature helped increase focus.
Even better though is to take a short walk outside.
12. Prioritize Harder Tasks
Every task ranging from large, complex task, need clear priorities. Easier said than done. Knowing how to prioritize work affects the success of your task, the engagement of your team, and your role as a leader.
There is a good reason why harder tasks should be ranked in the upper part of your to-do list. our readiness to work and our mental capacity gradually drop during the work day, and if we spend it on simpler tasks, we’ll only end-up postponing more arduous work.
Moreover, as we are completing easier assignments, we still know that, at some point, we will have a hard and unpleasant task ahead, which is both pressuring and demoralizing. If you can just muster enough strength to get it over with, the very act of completion will reinvigorate you, so in a way, you will have a psychological advantage.
The benefits of meditation ranges from having great recharging capacity, it can improve focus and memory, and you will be energetic throughout a day just by doing half an hour meditation.
Also, Just 15 minutes of mindfulness meditation can lead to more rational task decisions — not to mention better teamwork, being more creative, and a whole slew of health benefits.
The basic idea of meditation is very simple; you just need to concentrate on your breath. First sit straight on plane surface and focus on breathing in and breathing out. If it’s your first time, you may be unable to focus on your breath, don’t worry. Just try it again and again till you gain mastery of it.
14. Maintain Your Energy
Irrespective of whether we are doing physical or mental work we require energy, and our brain consumes it simply by thinking. In other words, even if we spend all day sitting behind the desk, we are still going to get tired at some point. The answer is quite clear, to increase our productivity, we should increase the production of energy.
Here are ways we can maintain our enery,
- Prioritise. Before you do anything in the day, take a few moments to plan.
- Exercise. Immediately after exercise you probably feel tired.
- Eat well.
- Change tasks.
- Focus on the outcome.
Note that We can always devote at least two hours a day to physical exercise. It might feel troublesome during the first few weeks, but gradually, we adapt. It will result in better health and more strength to go through the day.
15. Ask for Help and Delegate
At some point, even the best of us need help. Knowing when to ask for help and understanding why you need it is ultimately the most important thing.
There is great power in numbers. And to be factual here, there are things you’re just not good at and probably don’t want to do. When you’re feeling overwhelmed with tasks or underwhelmed by the tedious work on your plate, ask for help.
As soon as you begin to implement asking for help in your life, your mindset will shift, your priorities will change and you’ll have the ability to focus on you for a change.
Stephen Udochi John (Yudee) is a lover of ICT and also loves to inspire and be inspired by the power of uplifting words. To know more about him you can read the about section of inspiredwordcast