When you’re an employee, a student and a Mom or Dad, it can
feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day.
While it’s easy to get overwhelmed, there’s a lot you can do
to maximize your productivity. Try out these 9 essential productivity hacks and
you’ll get more done without putting in extra time.
These days you can be online through your computer, your
phone or even your wristwatch. This can lead to a lot of distractions like
browsing social media sites or reading non-work related news and articles.
To get more done, disconnect from the internet. Or, if you
need an internet connection to work, try an app like SelfControl. SelfControl and other similar apps allow you to block yourself from accessing certain
websites for a certain amount of time. If you just can’t resist refreshing your
newsfeed for the 5th time today, then this productivity hack is for
2. Tidy Up
Having a clean work area will help you focus on the work at
hand. To keep cleaning from becoming a distraction from the work you’re
actually setting out to do, set a specific amount of time aside. Try tidying
for ten minutes, then getting to work.
3. Schedule Tasks
Making a to-do list is a great start, but if you want to
really get things done you need to schedule your tasks. If you give yourself a
set amount of time to do something you’re more likely to complete it—and
4. Do Unpleasant Tasks First
That one task that you’re dreading? Do it first. If you get
the least pleasant tasks out of the way, then the rest of your to-do list feels
much more manageable.
5. Take A Break
When you have a lot to get done, taking a quick break can
actually help you refocus. Every hour, get up and take a five minute break.
This is especially important if you’re working on a screen to avoid eye strain.
6. Break Down Complex Projects
When you have a big project in front of you, it’s easy to
feel overwhelmed and procrastinate.
Break up complex projects into smaller tasks. That way
you’ll be motivated to complete the smaller tasks to check them off your list
and you’ll get more done.
7. Don’t Multitask
Research shows that multitasking actually decreases
productivity. Choose one task to focus on at a time and see it through to
8. Leave Work At The Office (Or Wherever You Work)
Splitting your focus is never a good idea, especially when
it comes to work and family life. Set aside periods of time to spend time with
your family and loved ones and don’t let work or school stress seep in. When
you are at work, devote all of your attention to the tasks at hand.
9. Say No
Sometimes the trick to getting more done is to just say no
to less important requests. You have to prioritize not just your work tasks,
but also school and family time.
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