Work is stressful. Then when you get stressed, you’re less productive and you get tired much more easily. The way things stand, you end up in a terrible mood. You might even start to feel the effects outside of work. But all you’re trying to do is get by.
Boosting your productivity isn’t just about improving your work performance, though. What it really means is improving the quality of your life. It means not letting your job drag you down. It means taking good care of yourself and getting better outcomes. Good news! There are tricks that can help you with that. Now we’re going to show you five of them.
1. Boosting your productivity at the beginning of the day
A productive day is a good day. It starts taking shape the very moment you wake up. That’s why it’s a good idea to start getting up a little bit earlier. It will give you extra time so you don’t have to get up already rushing.
It’s important for the very beginning of your day to be personal and motivating. Visualize what your day will be like, in positive terms. Talk to yourself and get inspired. Try not to start any work day without having a clear plan of what you’re going to do.
2. Look for an emphasis and a focus
Concentration is a fundamental part of boosting your productivity. It means focusing on something specific. You can make that easier for yourself by defining an emphasis and a focus for your tasks. It will help you find your own way of doing something.
It’s a good idea to come up with themes for your emphases. Monday for one, Tuesday for another, etc. The famous to-do list (what to do first and what to do after that) still works, too. Experts suggest that you do the least motivating tasks first, whichever are the most annoying, tedious, or difficult. Then you can focus on the rest.
3. Identify the times you’re at peak performance
We all have different emotional and biological cycles. There are certain times when you’re more awake and more motivated. Observe yourself for a few days so that you can identify those times. You want to know when you’re at peak performance levels.
Just by figuring out when you have the most energy, you’ve already taken a big step. What comes next is to start scheduling your hardest work for those times. This is one of the most effective tricks you can use for improving your productivity.
4. Divide up your time and your tasks
Time and activities are both more manageable if you split them up. Divide them up as much as you can; it’s one trick that never fails. Pick out specific times for each task you’re going to do. But also leave some time for unexpected things and try to stick to your schedule.
Make sure you analyze your work while you do this. Figure out the best possible way for you to subdivide things. Give each subdivision a time and stick to it. It will help you get more organized and give you a more consistent feeling of achievement.
It will also keep you from underestimating or overestimating how long you need to do something. By dividing it up into steps, you’ll be much more aware of everything it will take.
5. Mechanize and disconnect
Every job has its mechanical tasks. A lot of the time it’s not something you think about, but every job absolutely has them. The challenge is to pick out all of your tasks that you always do the same exact way. Once you’ve done that you can see if there’s any way to simplify them. See if there’s any way of doing more than one of them at the same time.
There’s an app for every task that you mechanize. Look into it. Along those lines, set specific times in the day to completely disconnect from social media and your phone. Research has shown that people lose up to a third of their productive time aimlessly browsing the web.
These tricks are all easy to apply. They’ll help you get more productive without having to make any big changes to your routine. In the end, all it takes is some analysis, better planning, and new little habits. They can truly make all the difference.