Helpful Tips: Increasing Productivity

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Helpful Tips: Increasing Productivity

There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done that we need to. Whether you’re at home or at work, there are always taks that need to be done, and unfortunately, putting them off is only going to catch up with you later on. Have you ever woken up feeling physically and mentally exhausted? Tired enough you can’t muster enough energy to do anything? At home, you spend much of the day just lounging around on the sofa, and at work you tiredly go through the motions, constantly checking the clock to see if it’s time to go home. On other days, you may wake up with a spring in your step, full of energy and motivation, and you may find yourself more productive and efficient than ever. I want to help you make every day like that! Below you’ll find a series of handy tips designed to help improve your productivity levels at work, and at home.

Ditch your smart phone: When I talk about distractions I am of course talking primarily about smart phones, which are a procrastinator’s dream come true. Whether you’re at work or getting ready to clean the house, if you have your smart phone at hand you will yourself logging into Facebook, or scrolling through Instagram. We spend hours mindlessly scrolling through our smart phones like zombies, and at the end of it what do we have to show for it? Don’t get me wrong, smart technology has revolutionized the modern world as we know it, but like all things, there is a time and a place for it. To ensure you get your task done, place your phone out of arm’s reach. By all means, leave it switched on so you can receive calls and texts, but place it somewhere where you can’t simply reach out and grab it. With your phone out of sight you will find it far easier to concentrate on the task at hand.

Create a to-do list: Everyday we have things which need doing, and some projects are more important than others. To help you figure out exactly what needs doing, and to ensure you prioritize certain jobs and tasks, why not create a to-do list? For example, if you’re at home, your to-do list could include things such as:

  • Empty the rubbish
  • Wash the dishes
  • Clean the kitchen
  • Prepare dinner
  • Tidy the fridge

From this, you know exactly what needs to be done, plus you can prioritize the projects you consider most important. An added bonus of having a to-do list is the satisfaction you receive at the end of the day, when you have checked off every job you needed to complete. The same goes for work, where you can adapt your list so that you focus first on tasks that are considered to be high priority.

 Wake up earlier: If you wake up earlier, say, just an hour, you can get much more done. By getting up early you won’t be rushing to get ready for work, or finish breakfast, and you can even get started on other things that aren’t as important but you always wish you had time for. That extra hour could allow you the time to do something like meal prep so all you have to do is throw your dinner in the oven when you get home.


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