This post may contain affiliate links. That means that if you click on a link and purchase something I recommend, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This helps keep my website up and running and is very appreciated. Thank you for your support!
Ah, productivity. Some people love it, others loathe the very mention of it. Alas, being productive is the only way to get things done.
Today’s post is going to be short and sweet, and it will be all about how you can beat that procrastination bug, and work on becoming a more productive person.
Why does productivity matter?
Well, because without it, you can’t really get anything done. You’d drag your work for days until all you’d have in front of you are deadlines you didn’t meet and more work piled up on top.
I’ve been noticing a bit of a trend concerning people who are against productivity. Their argument is usually that you should not strive to be productive all the time.
I don’t know who told these people that any articles concerning boosting productivity are meant to be taken as such, but here’s my take on it:
You need to be productive to get things done. Period. However, when it’s time to relax and recharge, then you should throw productivity out of the window.
Nobody said work all the time. We aren’t machines. Hell, even machines need to be recharged once their batteries run out.
So whether you’re a lover or loather of productivity, I hope this post helps you get some simple and easy ideas on how to work smarter, not harder. After all, the less time you spend working, the more time you have for relaxing.
5 Productivity Tips To Help You Get Sh*t Done
1- Plan out your day
This is the most basic thing you can do to improve productivity. Here’s why.
How many times were you positive that you had something to do, but couldn’t for the life of you remember what that was? It’s happened to me multiple times.
Which is why keeping a running to-do list on you is going to help you with remembering everything you need to get done.
And as a gift to you for reading this post, you can get a free daily planner by entering your email below.
2- Work on the hardest task first
I first read about this tactic in the book Eat That Frog! The book uses the expression “eat the big frog in the morning” to imply that getting the hardest thing done first will help you stay productive throughout the day.
It makes sense when you think about it. By tackling the hardest task first, the rest of your tasks will seem like child’s play and you can get them done a lot faster.
3- Eliminate distractions
You cannot be productive if you’re constantly looking at your phone or chatting with whoever is next to you. It just doesn’t work that way.
Even if you consider yourself good at multitasking, what it actually does is it slows you down. What’s the point in doing it if it will take you twice as long to finish your task? Remember, the key is to work smarter, not harder.
Put your phone on airplane mode or Do Not Disturb, tell your friend you’ll talk to them later, and get to work. You will finish your work in record time if you’re focused, trust me.
4- Take regular breaks
That’s right. In order to become more productive, taking regular breaks is a must. This stops you from getting burnout and keeps your creative juices flowing.
A simple rule to try is working for 25 minutes, taking a break for 5, and repeating. Every few rounds you can then take a longer break.
As far as what to do on your breaks, it can be anything. Taking a short walk, eating a snack, phoning a friend, or even laying down.
Find a working routine that works for you and you should see the difference in your productivity right away.
5- Don’t try to do it all
Some of us have trouble delegating responsibilities or saying no when people ask us to volunteer to do more work than we have to. Let me tell you, that is neither going to get you any recognition nor is it going to do you any favors at all.
Sometimes we try to do it all so that our bosses know that we are hard-working, but at the end of the day, it really doesn’t work that way. We are all replaceable, and you are not special. There is absolutely no reason for you to kill yourself working on tasks that aren’t meant for you.
Not to mention, it is definitely not going to help you stay productive, because you won’t have any time for your breaks and eventually, you will get so burned out that even the smallest task will seem impossible.
I hope you enjoyed this post and found some new methods to try.
If you’re still willing to learn more about becoming more productive, I highly recommend the below books. These have helped me a lot in getting things done, and with working full-time and keeping up with the blog, I definitely needed the help.
You may also enjoy these posts:
- 9 Sunday Habits For A Productive And Worry-Free Week
- The One-Minute Rule: Why You Should Live By It
- Important Lists To Make To Stay Organized
- 10 Ways To Get More Done In Your Day
Pin for more people to enjoy! 📌