Who doesn’t want to finish each day feeling fulfilled and satisfied knowing that we have used our time well and got everything on our to-do list done? I don’t know about anyone of you but I majorly dart on increasing my productivity levels every single day. On the contrary and to be more honest I too have my own lousy moods, energies, at times situations that make me procrastinate or adjourn my work. But I take those faltering times as a lesson for me. These lessons make me bounce with more energy and ideas.
Here are a few tips or tools which I use when I feel I am dawdling or wasting my time in unnecessary zones or procrastinating.
1) Exercise: It may sound you something out of track but as per researches minimum of 15 minutes of physical workout every morning can boost our productivity levels to a great extent.
Not only they will increase your productivity but will also release endorphins which improve your mental and physical well-being. Added to that it also boosts your memory levels, enhances your concentration, and enhances creativity. Now further I don’t think I have to give more reasons than how exercises are going to be helpful in shooting your production levels.
2) Set time for social media – It’s really tough to resist the allure of social media, notifications, emails, stories, or WhatsApp statuses. A few days back I calculated the time span for my social media scrolls. I was surprised to find that only Facebook takes about 1.5 hours of my day. You all can imagine how much other platforms that include Instagram, Reddit, LinkedIn, or quora could swallow it and somewhere it’s not only me we all. Once we start scrolling through some reels we keep consuming unnecessary stuff that does nothing but boggles our mind with a lot of waste thoughts which end up making us lethargic. Here I found a solution by turning off notifications and installing apps that keep track of such unwarranted activities. Guys, it’s not bad to be a social media freak but warn yourself if you are literally consuming it keeping your productivity at stake. Thus I would suggest fixing times maybe once a day, thrice weekly or as per your needs.
3) Pomodoro technique: The Pomodoro Technique is a time management system. Under this method, you break your workday into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. These intervals are referred to as Pomodoro. After about four pomodoros, you take a longer break of about 15 to 20 minutes. You will understand more about it through the picture I am sharing.
4) Set 5 everyday goals: Robin Sharma, one of the legends of the personal development industry has taught me this technique of setting 5 short goals every day. It may be arranging your drawer to accomplish any humongous task and at the end of the day reward yourself with something, maybe candy or ice cream. This will encourage you to a great extent to be more productive the next day.
5) Create to-do list: This is one of my favorite techniques. Early morning before leaving for work I create a to-do list on one of my Whatsapp groups where I am the lone member and keep deleting it as soon as I carry out the task successfully.
6) Appoint a mentor or have a friend with whom you can share your productivity goals: Having a mentor or a friend who can be your confidant . who can guide advice or teach you through a problem or encourage you to keep moving towards your goal is one of the best ways to enhance your productivity. Mentoring has the power to accelerate our self-development goals. In my case these days my friends work a lot as a mentor for me to keep me inspired and on track.
7) Set 2 minutes rule: Under this, if you think any task takes less than 2 mins to get done, then get it done right away. Postponing them only adds to load to our mind. Thus unburden yourself immediately by applying 2 mins rule in your life.
8) Do not try to remember everything: I remember when a few years back I was appointed as headmistress in one of the schools where I worked. I would remember the tasks to be done and end up forgetting them all one by one. Finally one of my seniors suggested not to remember things. This worked like a magic for me. I started jotting them down on a small chit which I would discard away once things are done. This really helped me in saving my energy in remembering or recalling things.
9) Jot down your distracting thoughts: If you have seen one of my videos where I talked about how to stop overthinking. This technique will also help in boosting your productivity. Keep any paper or notepad or anything that you will feel comfortable handy and jot down your distracting thoughts. This works like emptying trash from your mind. The entire day instead of working in a focused direction we keep on ruminating aimlessly. Jotting down the junk will allow you to go back to what you actually wanted to do.
10) Take decisions quickly / Be proactive, not reactive: Become pro enough to take decisions in as quickly as possible. Here I don’t want to say to take them in haste but train your mind in such a way that you don’t delay making decisions or in other words I want to express “ BE proactive and not reactive.”
At last, I want to say that Being Productive is not rocket science. It just needs your deliberate, conscious, consistent efforts to manage your time or manage your day. I have shared a few as per my experience but in case if you have more tools and techniques then do share or comment in the box so that I can also from you all.