Are you struggling to be productive? Do you ever feel like you have been sitting at your computer all day? Yet, only a third of work completed. Are you easily sidetracked? A hour-long task taking double the time to complete. Have you missed deadlines or underperformed when it could have been avoided?
If you have found yourself in a position like the one above, then you’re not alone.
I’ve been there (college anyone!) and countless others have to.
Unfortunately, many of us suffer from getting things done. Instead of being productive, we fall into a rut of being unproductive. Although we are completely capable, we are distracted, unprepared and not using the time we have efficiently. Speaking as someone who has a household to manage, multiple side projects, a job, and personal aspirations….. I have been unproductive and sidetracked many times in my life.
Making The Change
What changed for me was knowing that I had to find time in my day for the things I wanted. I needed to find time to work on my side projects because they were getting neglected. I needed to take care of my health so that I could be healthy and happy. It seems like I needed to do so much.
And so I made time. I scheduled my priorities. I focused on being efficient. As a result, I have been able to take care of my health, actively work on side projects and manage my household priorities.
If you are interested in finding out how you can do the same, then keep reading for these 5 tips to become productive.
Tip#1 Get Up Early
I am pretty sure you have heard the saying, “The early bird gets the worm.” Well, take it literally. While the part of the day that you decide to work can vary, I have found that waking up first thing in the morning to be the most beneficial. Why exactly is that? Well, getting up earlier has benefits such as being more productive and proactive throughout the day. Give yourself a good start by waking up earlier to tackle the day.
Tip #2 Work In A Quiet Environment
Before you get ready to do anything, it is important to have a quiet work environment. Background noise from music, tv or people talking can make it difficult to focus and complete tasks. Settling down and working in a quiet environment can make a difference in the quality of work and the amount of time it takes to complete it. Areas like the dining room and home office are usually quiet. If you prefer to work outside the home, check out the local library or bookstore.
Tip #3 Disconnect From Social Media, E-mail, and Phone
Distractions are going to happen. However, hanging out on social media, checking email and refusing to part with the phone makes for an instant disaster. While those things are good for inspiration and connecting with others – it has no place during a work session. If you need to make progress, meet deadlines and get work done then do the following: do not get on social media, do not open email and silence your phone.
Tip#4 Use Time Blocks
I know that sitting down for hours to get work done is daunting. However, one thing is for sure: it needs to get done. If your normal routine actually consists of working hour after hour and not accomplishing much, let me let you in on a secret. Well, it’s not really a secret. It’s simply using time blocks. Time blocks consist of breaking time up in segments. A typical time slot could be made up of a 40-min work increment followed by a 10-minute break. Time slots are easily customizable and can be changed to accommodate tasks.
Finally, nothing will set you up for success like prioritizing the work you have. When taking the time to sit down to prioritize daily, weekly and monthly tasks, you are allowing yourself the opportunity to work efficiently. Anyone can do this in a variety of ways. A simple to do list, a weekly planner like this one and/or a wall calendar are great tools to in helping to prioritize tasks. I love this Blue Sky Desk Pad Calendar found here. Hang it on the wall or let it sit on the desk. Either way, having task and deadlines in view will keep you ahead and on the plan.
What productivity tips do you use? I would love to hear them.