Have you been wondering what makes others more productive than you? For most people, productivity always sounds so intimidating. But, unlike what you might think, productivity isn’t about your capability or intellect. You don’t have to be a workhorse to be productive or chase after elusive goals. Being productive involves practicing some habits over others so as to get the most out of each day. It’s about your priorities, planning and protecting your time.
Here is a list of ten habits you can use to boost productivity:
Take your time to evaluate everything you do each day and get to know what is important and what isn’t.Does this thing bring you closer to your objectives? Can it create real change in your life now or in the long term? Is it the most suitable way you can spend your time, or you can do other essential tasks instead?
If you manage to answer “Yes” to these queries, you can keep doing what you do. However, you will have to ditch some tasks if the answer is a “No.” For instance, there is no need for you to manage a project that doesn’t benefit the company in any way once it’s complete even if you are sacrificing an hour of your time.
Productivity distractions are those things that will hinder productivity. These may include and are not limited to using a slow computer, listening to music while working, alerts from incoming mails, unnecessary phone calls, the internet, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc. All these things will prevent you from focusing fully on your work.
While going about your routine, observe the things that slow you down. What distracts you and how can you get rid of it? Consider trying to work from different locations, compare the outcome and adjust your environment accordingly. The more distractions you get rid of, the more the output.
Sometimes you can find yourself waiting until you make it or reach a particular goal to invest in a nice website, computer, business coach, etc. Productive people always ensure that they are surrounded by the right workspace and resources. Be sure to resource yourself abundantly so that you can maximize your productivity as well as success odds.
You don’t have to work non-stop to be productive. In fact, you will become less productive. Rest is essential regardless of how much you would like to work. Besides, some things in life can’t be replaced by work such as health, love, and family. So, consider taking time off to recharge your batteries by focusing on other aspects of your life. This way you will yarn for your work, and when you return, you can accomplish more since your mind is fresh.
People who are highly productive respond to problems, barriers, and challenges soonest possible. Unproductive people, on the other hand, blame and shame themselves into productivity and they eventually cause more paralysis. The ideal strategy is to observe everything that happens and try to get a solution to fix the problems at hand.
In case a highly productive individual doesn’t know an answer to something, they will do everything to find it. They even get the needed skills and training whenever they realize they lack ability. Productive people got the drive, motivation and the much needed can-do positivity that assists them to get things running.
You will not meet a highly productive person who isn’t clear on their direction. Additionally, they do not just get things done but do the right thing. Note that value will determine priority; priority will determine goals while the goals determine the activities.
The successful people also delegate. They do not have the time to work on tasks that other people can do perfectly. Rather, they will concentrate on places where their energy is spent well.
Likewise, they know when to say ‘no’ and still maintain healthy boundaries with people they turn down.
Tapping into your inspiration isn’t difficult. You can start by thinking about the things that inspire you in your life. Is it connecting with people? Helping others grow? Being recognized when work is well done? Assisting the less fortunate? Being number one in your field?
Once you can answer any of those questions, you will have known your motivators. Use these motivators as a guide.
The technology we have today makes automation possible for most things we do. Although it might be impossible to automate all tasks, you can still take advantage of systems will get the work done on your behalf.
Take a record of all the things you do and find out how to automate them. Some unproductive tasks done regularly include:
You can actually automate things like emails, scheduling, and payments among others. By automating your processes, you will get time to create value for others instead of always being stuck working. Automating also enables you to reserve time for important things. Moreover, if you find yourself getting a comforting feeling as you do a certain task on your list, know that you need to automate it immediately.
This habit is fundamental if you want to be productive. Work will always keep expanding so if you do not set a schedule, you will take forever to finish one task. The timeline can be in hours, days or weeks. A long timeline could slow you down at some point, so it’s better to avoid it.
Deliberate setting timelines and be sure to be committed to finishing the work by the set time. This paves the way for other jobs hence you will realize you are becoming highly productive.
These habits can change you into a highly productive person. Consider practicing them today and start reaping the benefits.