“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
― Stephen King
We all desire to accomplish more with our time but sometimes we underperform. You are not the only one hard press with time. Many people are looking for ways to increase their productivity levels. There are many ways to increase your productivity levels. The use of apps to other time management techniques have all been adopted to increase productivity levels. However, with all these developments people still struggle to maximize their productivity.
In this article, we will look at the five ways to increase your productivity level and accelerate your success.
There are so many things demanding your attention every day. Facebook, surfing the internet and television shows are few examples.. Don’t get me wrong. These things are sometime helpful but they can be distractions if you are trying to complete an important assignment.
Have you ever started on an assignment on your laptop or desktop and found yourself spending time on facebook.? I think many of us reading this article are culprits. Distractions are fast eroding our productivity levels.
It is important to disconnect your internet when you are working with your laptop or desktop. It is advisable if you use units of blocked time to manage your productivity. .For example, you could work for say an hour and then take a break for 30 minutes. This can be repeated until the task is completed. You can streamline this pattern to suit your own style of working.
2. Wake Up Early
One of the habits of successful people is waking up early. They wake up early to do some work before the rest of the world. This habit is what skyrockets their productivity because they get the most important assignment done by the close of the day. Waking up early is quite difficult for some people but with constant practice the difficulty could be overcome. Do you wake up early? If not, start practicing working up early from today.
I am constantly checking my emails and I notice it steals a big chunk of my productive time.
Are you constantly checking your emails? It is one activity that retards your productivity. You must have a dedicated time of the day where you check all your emails and work on the most important ones.
All notifications on your phone or computer for emails should be turned off.
If your work involves the use of emails, you must tackle them based on priority. Those you can delegate go ahead and do that. Emails can take most of your productive time of the day if you do not schedule time for them.
4. Take intermittent breaks
Do you know that sitting long hours behind your desk without taking breaks is affecting your productivity? You may look busy but are you accomplishing your projected targets?
It is very important to take intermittent breaks to rejuvenate yourself. You take these breaks as it suits your own work schedule. Your energy tends to dissipate quickly if you refuse to take a break. You can take this break by going for a walk outside. You can also relax and listen to music of your choice.
5. Drink a lot of water
Most of us do not drink the required 8 glasses of water every day. Do you know drinking the required amount of water everyday can impact on your productivity?
Research carried out by the University of East London in 2013 indicated that drinking water increases your productivity by 14%. Therefore, staying hydrated is essential to your productivity. Here are some of the benefits of staying hydrated:
· Sleep better
· Energy level increases
· Stress and anxiety decreases
· Thinking clearer
· Improves you mood
· Prevents headaches
· Immune system strengthened
6. Prioritize Your Work
We have so many things to do in a day that sometimes they lead to overwhelm. Prioritizing your work, is first thing to do to tackle overwhelm. Write down the 3 most important tasks for the day. Focus on these for the rest of day. Productivity level increases as you focus on less tasks instead of so many things at time This reminds me of the 20/80 rule. It is also known as the Pareto Principles This where you focus on the 20% of your tasks that yield 80% result.
What do you do to increase your own productivity levels? Join the discussion by commenting below. Watch this short video below now.