Productivity is one of the key factors of being successful in work, study or any other activity. However, productivity is a difficult thing to accomplish with all the distractions around us. It’s a struggle for me as well, but I have gotten better at it in the last couple of months. These are the best tips to help you increase productivity and triple your productivity at home.
I wrote about organization in my another blogpost and the organization is an important aspect for me to increase my productivity. If I am not organized or if the space around me is not organized, I am simply not productive. It’s distracting and annoying me which results in a situation where I can not focus on my tasks or any other things that ask me to increase productivity.
There are no magical tips to increase productivity within seconds. I believe it’s the little things you change that will increase productivity. It’s a combination of tips and actions which will give you that magical feeling of being more productive. If you do these things – your productivity might even triple!
How To Increase Productivity At Home!
Put your phone on airplane mode
My phone is my biggest distraction when I am trying to focus. WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube: it’s one big distraction for me. I usually put the airplane mode on for about an hour or two hours and try to be as productive as possible. After the hour or two hours, I take a 15 to 30 minute break where I can use my phone and respond to any texts and check social media. It’s hard to get FOMO but trust me, it’s best to turn your phone off if you want to increase productivity as much as possible.
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Make sure to know what you need to do
One of the things that waste your time is when you don’t know what your tasks are. It’s such a waste of time when you need to look up the tasks and find the papers you will need to complete the tasks. What I do to prevent this? I make lists and I’ve talked about this before. The planner I showed in my previous blogposts is my perfect planner because I have all the projects and to-do’s on the same page. I know what to do and I make sure to have everything I need, like books and papers. This will increase productivity and save time.
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Get your snacks and drinks
Sometimes we just need something to snack on while we are writing a summary, writing a business plan or when we need to study for a test and any other activities that need your focus. I like to make a fruit or vegetable plate with cucumber, a pepper and carrots with hummus. It’s proven that coffee improves your focus, so I like to make a cup of coffee (but try to limit this). Walnuts are good for your focus as well, same as avocado, pure chocolate, water and pumpkinseeds. I bowl with walnuts, pumpkinseeds and a piece of chocolate with water sounds great!Coffee does help me to increase productivity and I wish I could drink it all day long.
Divide the big task in smaller pieces
Whenever I need to summarize 300 pages of a textbook and I write down to summarize the 300 pages: I will never do it. It’s just too big to begin with and I can not find the motivation to begin. However, if I divide the 300 pages in equal parts of 50 pages: it’s way easier to start. Dividing the tasks makes it much easier to increase productivity and it’s nice to cross off the things you’ve accomplished during the day. It’s motivating as well!
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Start with 1 task and finish this task
Focus on one task at a time: don’t start with one, finish about 25% of the task and start another one. Finish the task before you start any other task. If you work on multiple tasks at a time: it can become overwhelming and unclear. You will be less focused and possibly not deliver the best work. If you’re absolutely dreading to do a task: start with this one at first. I know it’s hard, but it gets easier once you have this task out of the way.
Set goals: what do you want to achieve?
Motivation and goals are one of the best things to keep in mind when you wan to increase your productivity. What do you want to achieve? What is your dream? Will you achieve any of this when you start procrastinating? Write it down and look at it whenever your motivation is lacking. Don’t just dream about your success: start working for it too!
Productivity is always a work in process but you need to increase or maintain your productivity to be successful in the things you want. However, don’t forget to relax and take some me-time once in a while. If you go on and on, your mind will block and things won’t go as planned. Balance is key! Sometimes you need a break to shine.
What is your best tip to increase productivity? Share it with us!