You’ve seen it a million times. You have a mile-long to-do list, but when you sit down to do it, you can’t seem to finish it.
Productivity seems to elude you for some reason. You can’t seem to find the energy to do the work no matter how hard you try.
Or perhaps you’ve been “doing” things all day and then realize you haven’t accomplished anything. You were very busy, but not very productive.
People believe that if they sit down to work on something, productivity will follow. However, productivity, like everything else in life, is something that must be worked on.
There are numerous ways to increase your productivity, but here are three simple ideas to get you started.
Focus on One Thing
When we have so many things to do, we quickly become overwhelmed and slowed down by the sheer volume. And so we end up doing nothing.
Instead of focusing on all of the things that need to be done, choose the most important thing that needs to happen. What is the one thing you must do today to ensure your success?
Concentrate on this one thing and don’t let anything else distract you. Your sole mission for the remainder of the day is to complete that critical task. That’s all there is to it.
Concentrating on this will provide you with a clear goal and will set you up for success because all you have to do is complete one task. And I know you have the ability to make that happen.
When you finish that one task, you will feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Whatever the task, simply completing it will motivate you to be more productive the next day and the next.
If you finish that one thing, you can work on other tasks, but you won’t have to put any pressure on yourself to finish them. You will eventually realize how great it feels to complete a task, and your productivity will become unstoppable.
If you keep this momentum going, it won’t be difficult to be productive throughout the day.
Remove the Distractions
We can become overburdened with information and stimulation in our daily lives. Everything from television to social media to our phones, and even our friends and family, is vying for our attention.
With all of the noise and distractions, it’s difficult to be productive. If you have trouble focusing on what you need to get done (i.e., the one thing), you must learn to filter out the background noise.
Go to a quiet place where you are not constantly bombarded with information. Put your phone on silent and turn off the TV and social media for a few minutes.
Relax, it won’t last forever, but you need to take a break from the distractions for a while.
Allow yourself a set amount of time when you will be distraction-free and completely focused on that one thing.
Sometimes just clearing out the excess noise of the world is all that is required to get those productivity muscles working and our energy flowing.
Take a Break
Yes, in order to be productive, we must occasionally take a break from our work.
I know what you’re thinking: that’s counterproductive. But, when you think about it, it makes sense. We are not wired to work on something continuously and still produce results.
We aren’t machines that can consistently produce excellent work. Give yourself a break if you’re trying to do something but failing miserably at being productive.
Get up from your desk and set your work aside for a few minutes. You may only need 5 minutes, or you may require a longer period of time, such as 10-15 minutes.
Allow your brain to take a break from the work you’re trying to complete and focus on something positive for a few minutes.
Take a walk outside or read a few pages of a good book for a few minutes. Have a dance party by yourself or meditate. Whatever suits you.
Getting out of your head for a while will allow you to return to your work more focused and productive.
But, while it’s fine to take a break, don’t let it turn into taking the rest of the day off. Don’t take too much time off (more than 30 minutes) and don’t engage in activities such as watching YouTube. This could lead to even more procrastination and a feeling of being less productive.
Try out some of these methods if you want to increase your productivity. See how they work for you, and you will be astounded by the results in your life.
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