We all know that satisfying feeling after a productive day, right?
Being productive isn’t always easy, sometimes it can be a real challenge. Especially if you are tired or have so much to do and you don’t even know where to start.
So to help you increase your productivity I have listed 8 very simple tips that can help you to achieve this.
Being productive is all about using your time efficiently and getting things done right.
It does not necessarily have to mean doing a lot of things, but doing enough things and doing them right.
Before I continue I do want to mention that it is okay to have a bit of a ‘lazy’ or not so productive day so now and then, because you need to allow your body and mind to rest.
Overworking yourself can lead to feeling fatigued and will only lower your productivity in the long run and it can also harm your overall health.
So keep in mind that having a lazy day sometimes can be a form of self-care that can help you to recharge which again can help you to be more productive in the future.
Now let’s get to it.
Keep track of time
Knowing how long something takes can help you to plan accordingly.
But also, if you know from experience that you normally spend a certain amount of time on something, you can monitor yourself if it is taking too long and analyze for yourself why.
This can help you to spend your time more efficiently.
Plan in breaks
Since you are a person and not a robot you will need a break so now and then. If you plan in your breaks you have a moment to look forward to, to rest, and recharge.
Instead of dozing off every other minute out of boredom. It can also challenge you a little bit to try to have certain things done before your break so that you have ‘earned’ it.
Plan what you need to do
I’m a big fan of planning. Planning can help you see things in a bigger picture and also help you to realize all the things you need to get done.
When you are writing things down, you’re clearing you’re mind and giving your mind space to think clearer, which can help you to realize what other things you might have overlooked.
Planning can help you to keep track of the things that need to be done and what you’ve already accomplished. Planning can be done on a daily, weekly, monthly, or even yearly base.
It’s really up to you and what you’re planning.
It can be very easy to plan, you can use a planner, a whiteboard, sticky notes, or a bullet journal. Make sure to strike through the things you already have accomplished.
Clean up your workspace
Working in a place that is clean and organized can really boost your productivity. This can be the desk you’re working on, your office, your room, or any other place that you’re working in.
The more clutter you have around you the easier you can be distracted and that can lead you to be less productive.
Also in an organized space, you don’t have a problem with finding things that can safe you time.
And lastly, clean space can help you to uplift your mood.
Limit time on social media
Spending time on social media can be so time-consuming and you don’t even realize it sometimes.
Do you have those moments where you just want to look for something on your phone for a minute and 1 hour later, you’re still scrolling on FB? Well, I have and this can be so frustrating if you have a lot to do.
So how do you limit your time on social media so that you can be more productive? You can do this in several ways.
First, you can limit the social media platforms you are on, check for your self how necessary it is to be on all the platforms you’re on, and see which one you can remove yourself from.
Second, you can plan a window in your day that you allow yourself to be on social media, limit your self and plan like an hour or two tops.
And third, you can be on social media platforms without having the apps on your phone (for those where it is possible) this way you don’t have such easy access to them which can help you to spend less time on them.
Good working posture
Whatever you’re doing make sure that you have a posture that is healthy for your body.
If the posture you’re in causes you to be in pain or gives you other medical issues, you won’t be able to work long and effective. You’ll get tired easily or start having complaints which can make you less willing to work, work slower, or don’t work at all.
For example, if you’re working behind a desk make sure you’re sitting at a desk that allows your elbows to make a 90-degree angle, that your feet can be flat on the floor while maintaining a straight back.
Don’t overthink everything
Sometimes overthinking about your tasks can lead you to not doing anything at all.
Thinking about when to do, how to do, where to do it, what can go wrong, what if this and what if that?
You spent more time thinking instead of doing. So instead of overthinking every little detail, try just starting for a change.
When you take the first step and start, you can come up with ideas and solutions while working and this can increase your productivity.
Try to limit your ‘multitasking’
Multitasking can give you a feeling that you’re doing more things at once which can look like you’re being productive.
But in reality, multitasking will limit your concentration on the many tasks you’re doing which can lead you to work less efficiently and to delivering a lower quality of your work.
And since being productive does not necessarily mean doing a lot, but doing enough and doing it right, multitasking might lead to lower productivity.
So instead of doing more things at once, try focusing on one or two max and try completing those before starting on the next task.
Multitasking can also cause you to work longer on several tasks because you lack concentration which can again lead to you finishing even lesser tasks.
And there you have it, 8 simple tips to help you to be more productive and get things done. I hope you find them useful and that they can help you to boost your productivity. If you have any other tips, feel free to let me know in the comments.