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Some Tips And Tricks To Help You Increase Your Productivity
Everyone who has ever held a job knows that some days go better than others. Some days the list of things you need to do can seem overwhelming. Anyone who has ever had to meet a deadline probably wishes they could increase their productivity without working themselves to death, or into a stupor. The good news is, there are a lot of things you can do to increase your productivity. You don’t need coaches, or books, although these things can be beneficial to some people. You just need common sense and the determination to carry through.
Make a List
The first thing you should do every day before you begin work is make a list of everything you want to accomplish. Although at first it might seem like just another chore, it will pay off in the long run. Organize your tasks according to priority. Keep it simple, there is no need to have a ten page list. Then once you have a list, go and do it. Procrastination is productivity’s biggest enemy.
Look at your new list, and find the hardest thing you have to do. Take that job on first, and get it out of the way. Many people think that saving the hardest thing to do for last is the way to go. But if you take on your hardest task first, and get it out of the way, the sense of accomplishment definitely makes the rest of the list easier to do.
One Thing at a Time
It is a good idea to concentrate on one job at a time. Focusing your efforts on one task will make it go faster than splitting your time between several projects. Multitasking looks nice on paper, but in reality we as people are less productive when we are thinking about several things at once. This does not mean we are all lazy and shiftless. It’s just the way the human brain works.
Do Something Fun
“All work and no play makes for a very dull day.” We have all seen this quote, or something similar to it. This is another important thing to remember if we want to increase productivity without overtaxing our resources. Take the time to relax once in a while. Put on your favorite song, or go grab a cup of coffee with some friends. Go out for some fresh air, or do some of your favorite exercises. All of these things will help you feel better if you are feeling drained by a long day at the office.
It’s okay to feel a sense of pride when you get something done. Make it into an incentive. Cross the things on your list off as you do them, and you will feel better as that list gets smaller. It sounds like a childish way to motivate yourself, but it works. Some people work well during the nine to five daily grind. Other people find that they are more productive during off-peak hours. Find what works for you, and schedule your workload around it.
These are just a few simple tips on how you can increase daily productivity. These are not rules, and what works for one person may not work for another. The key to increasing productivity is using your head. Do what works, discard what doesn’t. If you are going to do a job, get it done, and then move on to the next thing. These tips and others like them are just common sense in action. They should be effective in just about any work setting.