10 Tips To Increase Productivity (Starting Now)

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We’ve all tried to coax more hours out of the day. Here are 10 tips to help you make the most of the 24 that are actually there.

  1. Don’t underestimate the power of a break. Just like interval training can have a powerful impact on speed training and calorie burn, taking a breather from your work can give your brain a chance to relax. Distance and time from a project can also allow you to things from a different perspective, discover a new solution, or find the answer you’ve been looking for.
  2. Do the dreaded tasks first. Like eating your vegetables, knocking out a task that isn’t your favorite will make every item on your plate a lot more fun to tackle. Or eat.
  3. Make a list. Type A’s rejoice! Prioritize your tasks by due date, and then make a sincere attempt to estimate the length of time each task should take. If a day’s list is longer than 12 hours, see #4.
  4. Learn to say no. The cardinal rule to being productive is being able to complete what you are able to handle. If you keep adding to your list, you will never feel like you’ve accomplished anything. Think of it this way: By saying no, you are allowing someone else a chance to shine.
  5. Hang a carrot. Not literally (unless that works for you). Set out real and exciting rewards for completing big project.
  6. Hone skills that impact your productivity. Learn to speed read, increase your typing speed, or learn keyboard shortcuts or make your own with AutoHotKey.
  7. Avoid tuning out. When you are in productivity mode, turn off all distractions. This means shutting off the television, the RSS-feed, your email notifications, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.
  8. Develop laser-like focus. Dedicate a set amount of time to a task, and don’t deviate from it until the project is done or your time is up.
  9. Clean your desk. Clutter isn’t good for your productivity or your soul for that matter. Set a time every week to organize, collect your thoughts and paperwork, and get rid of anything that doesn’t serve you
  10. Stop Waiting. Procrastination has a lot of inertia, but luckily, so does productivity. Get that ball rolling and you’ll thank yourself later.

There you have it, all great ways to increase productivity. Now, go get started.

 

 

 

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