5 Ways to Increase Productivity at your Job
If you’re like me, then concentrating on a single task and meeting deadlines can be a bit of challenge. I’m a little absent minded but I always have a ton to do so finding ways to be productive is as important as survival for me. Here are a few tried and trusted tips when it comes to increasing productivity.
- Set Targets and Offer Rewards: I know it’s cheesy to offer yourself rewards for doing work that you should do. However, I find that offering myself rewards for tasks that I have been putting off helps me stay on track. My rewards can be anything from Social Media playtime (because I also use Social Media for work) to food. A simple example can be setting targets for an essay word count and allowing myself a few minutes to faff around on the gram if I meet my target.
- Time Yourself: Ever heard of the Pomodoro Technique? If you haven’t, not to worry. You’re in good company. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management system that breaks down work into 25 minute intervals and short breaks. It’s perfect for people with a short attention span as it allows you to focus solely on one task, eliminating distractions. This helps you cross off tasks as quickly as possible, with enough time to rest. There are a handful of Apps that help you boost your productivity. These include Focus Booster, PomoDoneApp, Pomotodo, Tomatoes, BeFocused.
- To-Do Lists: As mundane as a To-Do List sounds, it’s a very efficient way to stay on top all your tasks. First, a to-do list helps you remember every task you need to do in a day (provided you list it). There’s also a sense of accomplishment that comes with ticking the boxes once you’re done with them. There are also multiple Apps that can help you with To-Do Lists for mobile and desktops. And there’s the good old pen and notepad if you’re trying to cut down on screen time.
- Prioritize your tasks: A sure-fire way to ensure that all your tasks are checked at the end of the day is to prioritize the more difficult tasks. Once you’ve bitten off the chunkier tasks, you’ll find that the smaller, more pleasant tasks are easy to clear out. It also leaves you with a sense of accomplishment.
- Work when you are most Productive: Although this applies mostly to people who are self-employed, people who work 9-5 jobs may also find this tip useful. If you find that you’re able to work more efficiently at certain times of the day, then you should try to get a lot of work done during those times. I find that I often write better at night so I try to do most of my writing at night. If you’re a 9-5er and you find that you’re a morning person, it only makes sense to do your most difficult tasks in the morning.
Do you know any other ways to improve your productivity? Please share in the comments.