When you have an unproductive day it’s usually disappointing and a blow to your self confidence. It seems like wasted time that you’ll never get back. But what if you could structure your day in a way that will combat distractions and boost productivity without working longer or harder? The idea is that if you develop some simple habits, you’ll do more in less time.
Boost productivity by forming morning and evening rituals.
Use routines that help calm you and bring you to the present moment. Breathe deeply while drinking your morning cup of coffee or read something inspiring before you go to bed. Savor the beginning and end of every day.
Boost productivity by moving.
Yes, move your body (preferably in the morning). Take a short walk outside or maybe spend 10 minutes doing an easy chore. This improves blood circulation and concentration and the deep breaths accompanied by movement help clear your mind.
Boost productivity by reducing distractions.
A messy desk or a noisy room are simple distractions to fix. Quiet down your environment or play music containing no lyrics. Limit your social media and games to break times only and let the people around you know you need fewer distractions.
Boost productivity by tackling easy, quick tasks first.
Pick all the tasks that take less than 5 minutes and get those out of the way. You’ll notice a sense of accomplishment and a craving to do more. Answering emails or posting a promotion on social media can prove to be effective ways to get your day going.
Boost productivity by scheduling your day.
Yes, structure can be boring but there’s something to be said about how it organizes your day. Pick the 3 most important tasks for the day and write them down. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a 20-task list; that can set you up for a sense of failure if you don’t accomplish them all.
Boost productivity by using the pomodoro technique.
In the late 80s Francesca Cirillo discovered it was more productive to take frequent breaks than to slave over one subject for hours on end. The pomodoro technique was named after his tomato shaped kitchen timer that counted off his 25-minute working sprees followed by a 5-minute break. After two hours (four 25-minute intervals called pomodoros) he took an extended 15-30 minute break. The key is to focus and submerge your heart into your work. If you become distracted write it down so you don’t forget and then refocus on your task at hand again until the timer goes off. Then rest and do what you like for 5 minutes.
These techniques may take some time to entrench into your daily routine but once you have formed the habit your day will definitely be more productive.
What techniques do you use to boost productivity?