Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused efforts. – – – – – – – – – – JOHN. J. Meyer
Everyone wants to be more productive but how many people actually pull through with the plans/decisions they make?
Staying productive can sometimes be difficult especially in this era of cheap data and free WiFi.
How can one stay productive when there are literally tons of visually appealing things to do on the internet? The answer to the question above is “FOCUS”, because despite all these things, one must not forget that productivity is an important component of life and business that must not be taken for granted.
Managing your time in ways that are conducive to your productivity is one of the keys for successful living and for that reason, I’m here to help you achieve that .
This post will walk you through 9 simple but effective strategies for increasing your productivity levels.
9 SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR INCREASING YOUR PRODUCTIVITY LEVELS IN LIFE.
1. SET GOALS
One easy way of setting and accomplishing goals is to create rewards or punishments for each goal. For instance, someone that has a goal of finishing 20 books before the end of 2019 can decide to put money away for every book he/she reads. This sweetens up the whole deal and spurs the person to read more. After all, he/she is enriching both their minds and pockets at the same time.
Note : The reward must not be monetary.
Tackle one thing at a time. Ever heard of the saying “jack of all trades, master of none”? Well, whomever made that quote made a lot of sense. You can only really do one thing at a time. Imagine chatting with someone on the phone and ironing your outfits at the same time. Imagine how stressful switching between both tasks will be.
Multitasking results in a drop in efficiency. Try to work on your projects one at a time.
3. CREATE A SYSTEM
Stay focused. Avoid interruptions of all kinds(phones, television sets, social media and even people).
This also means you have to figure out your peak times (when you’re more productive) and use it wisely.
Delegate the nonessentials. No one is best at everything. Ask for help on stuff you don’t understand. Unless you have to develop a new skill, it’s always best to find someone already skilled in that field to complete the task. (imagine having to learn how to apply makeup because you want to attend an all chef’s event when you can just hire a make up artist to do the job perfectly for you ).
Don’t forget, by focusing on what you do best and delegating the rest, you optimize your time.
4. REVIEW YOUR PERFORMANCES REGULARLY
Always take out time to review your performances . Celebrate the small wins and don’t let defeats get to you. Also, learn to tweak some goals if need be.
5. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Drink water regularly, take a lot of fresh fruits, eat healthy and always get enough rest.
Take scheduled breaks as at when due . In so doing, you improve your overall productivity.
Remember, health is wealth!.
6. LEARN TO SAY NO
Helping others is great as long as you are not doing it at the expense of your own productive time. Don’t be so available to everyone, use your free time wisely.
7. USE YOUR COMMUTE TIME.
Many people don’t know this but your commute time is one of the best time to either read or reply emails/messages. Find something productive to do while enroute. Read a page or two, listen to podcasts, write a blog post, send and reply emails, etc.
8. BE ACCOUNTABLE TO ANOTHER PERSON.
Personally, this works for me. When I noticed I wasn’t as productive as I had expected, I reached out to a friend whom I knew would help me be more accountable. The knowledge that someone somewhere was looking out for me and expecting me to deliver every month helped spur me into action. This is also a good way to beat procrastination if you find yourself procrastinating a lot.
9. START NOW!
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” – – – – – WALT DISNEY.
Stop waiting for perfect conditions to start, take the first step even though the end result is unknown. Open that studio, start those lessons, create that website.. BEGIN!.. Remember, productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused efforts.
Finally, I hope this was helpful. Don’t forget to leave a comment, I’d like to read your thoughts on how you became more productive. Who knows, you might be saving a soul.