Monday, August 3, 2015

10 Tricks to Increase Your Productivity

There are only 24 hours in a day, and it never seems to be enough time. Here are 10 tricks that will help increase your overall productivity.

1. One Thing at a Time

Avoid multitasking at all costs. Research now shows that multitasking actually decreases our productivity rather than increases it as was previously believed.

Instead, choose one task and work on it until it is completely. Avoid the temptation to stop midway through or start another project before the one on hand is finished.

2. Write a New To Do List Each Night

Before going to bed at night, write a to do list for the next day. This way, you know what you need to do when you get up.

3. Begin Work Right Away

Immediately after waking up in the morning, read through your to do list. Perform your normal morning hygiene rituals and eat a breakfast. Begin working on your list immediately. Don’t start the day off with a long break.

4. Eliminate Busy Work

Remove all non-essential chores or tasks from your daily to do list. There is work and there is busy work. Skip doing anything that doesn’t directly tie in with your personal work goals.

5. Delegate Tasks

Assign as many tasks to other people as possible so that you can focus on your main work goal. Get the kids involved in doing chores and hire someone online for other tasks.

6. Make Your Goals Reachable

Break large goals down into smaller tasks. Assign one or more of these tasks to yourself each day.

7. Assign Time for Each Task

Give yourself a time limit for each task. Set a timer and begin work.

8. Remove Negative People

Remove negative people from your daily activities. Ignore anyone that stresses you out, doesn’t support you, or puts you down. Negative people are emotionally draining and they are time wasters.

9. Give Yourself Little Rewards

Give yourself a small reward for completing each task on your list, such as a piece of candy, or give yourself a larger reward at the end of each day you’ve completed your to do list, such as sitting back to watch a favorite television show.

10. Don’t Overburden Yourself

Know your work limits and don’t give yourself too many tasks to do in one day. Learn to say no to others who want you to take on more work.

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