Top 15 Productivity Tips to Achieve More and Create Peace of Mind
When it comes to productivity there’s always room for improvement.
Endless techniques and tips can be used to boost your productivity.
This article contains some of the frequently used productivity techniques that will boost your career and make you more successful.
Ready? Let’s dive right in!
- 01. Plan ahead
- 02. Time-boxing.
- 03. Prioritize.
- 04. 80/20 rule.
- 05. 2-minute rule.
- 06. Control your devices.
- 07. Turn off alerts and notifications.
- 08. Organize your workspace.
- 09. Take short breaks.
- 10. Start earlier, work harder, and leave later.
- 11. Use productivity tools
- 12. Sound & music.
- 13. Sleep.
- 14. Drink water.
- 15. Work from home.
01. Plan ahead
Planning ahead helps you make better use of your time and follow through with each task. By creating a scheduled agenda of your activities, you’re less likely to procrastinate.
Timeboxing is about assigning a fixed amount of time to a certain task, scheduling it, and sticking to it. It works because it helps you prioritize your tasks and focus on one task at a time.
Parkinson’s law says “work expands to fill the time available for its completion” so if we set aside an hour for every meeting, the meeting will take that time.
Before you start working, write down the list of activities you need to do, then prioritize them based on the value they add to your work.
Start with your highest value activity and focus on it, for the rest, delegate or eliminate what you can’t go through.
04. 80/20 rule.
The 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto principle, states that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes – e.g. 80% of sales come from 20% of clients.
When it comes to work, by focusing your effort and energy on the 20% of activities that get you 80% of your results, also known as your highest value activities, you’ll witness astounding results.
05. 2-minute rule.
This rule states that if a task can be done in less than 2 minutes, then do it. You don’t have to write it down, or discuss it or think about it.
Applying this rule will help you build momentum and clear the clutter from your to-do list so you can focus on more important tasks.
06. Control your devices.
We check our phones between 150 and 221 times a day, depending on which study you’re reading. Make sure your desk stay clear from any distraction.
The more you eliminate distractions, the more you get done.
07. Turn off alerts and notifications.
Unless the alert is important and urgent, try to turn off any notifications you might receive from social media or phone apps or unimportant emails.
08. Organize your workspace.
Keeping your workspace organized and free of clutter will make you more efficient, calm, and feeling more in control.
09. Take short breaks.
Studies have shown that taking regular, short breaks increases your focus and boosts your productivity. One popular way to apply this is by using the Pomodoro technique created by Francesco Cirillo.
The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks of around 5 minutes.
10. Start earlier, work harder, and leave later.
The best way to get things done, and still be able to enjoy your weekends, is to start earlier, work as long as you’re working, and leave later.
This means eliminating any time wasters, such as reading the newspaper while at work, or hanging around with colleagues…
11. Use productivity tools
Technology isn’t always a source of distraction, it can also boost your productivity through apps, tools, and programs that make your work more efficient.
Here are some of our favorites:
- Todoist – Save webpages as tasks and plan your day
- Toggl – Track the time you spend on which tasks
- RescueTime – Track how much time you spend on which websites
- News Feed Eradicator for Facebook – Get rid of your Facebook News Feed
- Momentum – Add some zen to your web browsing experience
- Grammarly – Write mistake-free
- Pocket – Save webpages to read later
12. Sound & music.
Research proves that listening to white noise or ambient sounds, help you improve your concentration, finish your tasks faster, and generate better ideas.
Try noisli, a fantastic free background noise generator for both productivity and relaxation.
Sleep deprivation raises stress hormones, decreases your ability to concentrate, and hinders your memory and ability to retain information.
Sleeping well is essential in order to function at your best and work effectively.
14. Drink water.
Drinking 8 cups a day is enough to keep well hydrated and increase your focus and energy levels.
If you’re forgetful, apps like Water Reminder can send you reminders to stay hydrated through your Chrome web browser.
15. Work from home.
This might not be for everyone. But working from home can boost your productivity and save you so much stress caused by draining commute, office distractions, deciding what to wear to work and where to eat lunch…
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