Ways to Increase Your Productivity

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Have you ever thought of living a fulfilled life, where you leave your working place with a smile on your face. That is what good productivity is all about. Productivity is next to achieving ones goal both long and short-term.

In case you find yourself in the position of not living a fulfilled life when it comes to job satisfaction, you need to eaither change your job or sit up and give your best into you job. You need to let your creative mind work for you by putting it into its best use.

Here are some tips on how to increase productivity;

1. Do Your Heavy Lifting When You’re at Your Best

We all have times we are at our best, this is when you feel like doing certain things. You can choose times like this to do your heavy jobs like productivity.

According to Tony Wong’s advice, “Use your morning to focus on yourself… Start your day out right by ignoring your emails in the morning and getting in a good breakfast, reading the news, meditating, or working out. This will ensure you’ve got the necessary fuel for a productive day.”

The point is, do your most demanding tasks in your personal peak productivity time, whenever that is.

2. Stop Multitasking

It’s a productivity killer. Research shows that productivity can be reduced by as much as 40 percent by the mental blocks created when people switch tasks and lowers your IQ. In a University of London study, IQ drops of 15 points for multitasking men lowered their scores to the average range of 8-year-old children!

So stop it right now! Instead, dramatically increase productivity by focusing on one task at a time and give it your full attention before moving on to something else. And as soon as your eyes and hands start drifting towards something else, such as another screen, think about how important it is to keep all your little grey cells and resist temptation.

3. Prepare a To-do List for the Next Day Each Night

To-do lists are invaluable productivity aids. They get you organized, provide you with focus and reward you with feelings of satisfaction when you’re able to check off things that you’ve accomplished. In my opinion, everyone should use them!

And making (or updating) a to-do list each night means that you won’t waste time at the start of the workday looking for your task.

4. Cut Down Your To-do List

How many items are on your typical to-do list? Eight? Twenty-eight? However many, you’ll feel good when you finish each of them and cross them off.

But you’ll never join the ranks of the productivity superstars unless you cross off some of them before you even bother to do them – because productivity demands focus.

5 Delegate Properly

“Look at your “whole life” when you’re choosing tasks to delegate. Sometimes delegating tasks in your personal life makes more sense economically or personally than delegating a particular business task. For instance, it may be much more inexpensive for you to hire someone to mind your children than hire someone to design a marketing plan.”

6. Eliminate Distractions

To be productive, you need to shut down their noise and shoo them away. Turn off your email notifications – and even your phone notifications if you need full concentration.

Limit your time on social media and email. Are you a Facebook or Twitter addict? Use social media as a carrot. Allow yourself x number of minutes browsing after you accomplish a major task.

7. Be Optimistic

Happy people are more productive. A series of four studies at The University of Warwick found that participants that were made happier had 12 percent greater productivity than those that had not.

So if you’re not a naturally optimistic person, this is the kind of optimism you want to cultivate – and the good news is that you can.

8. Get Enough Sleep

We all know that not getting enough sleep has negative effects on our performance.  Lack of sleep decreases our concentration, working memory, mathematical capacity, and logical reasoning. And because the pre-frontal cortex is particularly vulnerable to a lack of sleep, tasks that require logical reasoning or complex thought will be the most impaired.

What you may not realize is that it only takes one night of sleep deprivation for us to suffer big deficits in our abilities.

9. Take Care Of Yourself

Getting enough sleep and making exercise part of your routine are just two of the things you need to do every day to be at your best and most productive. You know the rest already I bet, Eat a healthy diet, Drink lots of water, Get rid of your bad habits, whether they be smoking or hanging around toxic people and be nice to yourself as well as to other people. Take time for yourself and do whatever (healthy) thing recharges and refreshes you.

The healthier you are, the more productive you’ll be – and the more productive you are with your work, the more time you’ll have to spend however you like.

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Omoyemi Adesoye
Bella is a writer, she indulges in all forms of writing, she's an editor, an aspiring on Air personality with great skills in public speaking. She never sees anything as being too big to handle. Embracing challenges is her watchword. She brings out solution to problems people already loose hope in. She tends to make the world a better place with the power in her voice and her pen.