Want to get more done in your day? Of course you do. To stay competitive in any industry, from digital marketing to software development, in many cases it comes down to one thing: productivity. The good news is that everyone can increase the amount of tasks they accomplish in a day. If you
consider your productivity an iterative process you work on bit by bit, you can slowly improve it.
With that in mind following are few tips I’ve found work exceptionally well that hopefully can help you too have a more productive day.
- Impulsive web browsing : It’s easy to get sidetracked looking up the answers to random questions as you think of them. Instead, write down your questions and look them up when you’re not working.
- Multitasking : Scientific research found that only 2% of the population is capable of effectively multitasking. The rest of us should focus on one task at a time.
- Actively checking email : Each time you check email you lose upto 25 minutes of work time. Try restricting email checking to a few times a day.
- Moral Licensing : Cheating as a reward for sticking with a new habit undermines a lot of people’s plans for self-improvement. Make your goal a part of your identity.
- Putting off your most important work until later in the day : People have limited amount of willpower, and it decreases throughout the day, so it’s best to get your hardest, most important tasks done at the beginning of the day.
- Taking too many meetings : Nothing disrupts the flow of productivity like an unnecessary meeting. Don’t accept an invitation less there’s a clear agenda and time limit.
- Sitting all Day : The longer we sit, the less alert we become. Try walking and talking 20 to 30 miles a wee to drive fresh thinking.
- Hitting the snooze button : The battle with your alarm clock doesn’t give your body any extra restorative sleep, and it drains your finite supply of willpower that you need o get through the rest of the day.
- Failing to prioritise : Having too many goals can be extremely unproductive. pick the things that are most important; ignore the rest.
- Over-planning : Meticulously planning every hour of the day doesn’t allow for the unexpected to happen, which can throw a wrench into the entire day. Instead, plan for the hours of real work daily.
- Under-planning : It’s better to determine what you want your outcome to be and lay out a series of steps to get there, than to try to come up with your endgame midday through a project.
- Using your phone in bed : Smartphone PED screens give off blue light, which can suppress production of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate the sleep cycle and makes us happier.
What do you find are your best tips to increase productivity?