10 Ways to improve your Productivity
Improving my productivity is one of the things that I have been focusing on. In the olden days they didn’t have all the modern gadgets and facilities which we had today. The people back then must have been really productive as they did everything by hand and without much help.
Here are some tips which you can help improve your productivity.
#1 -Focus on one task at hand. Do not multitask
It can be very tempting to do many tasks at the same time as it would seem more productivity. However if we are not able to concentrate on all tasks at hand it will end up taking us a long time then a shorter time as desired.
#2- Organize your task before your start.
It is a good thing to have all material which you may need to work on your task at your fingertips before you embark on doing it. It will certainly safe time looking for the different resources and finding yourself short of time to complete it or meet the deadline.
#3- Close all social media outlets before you start your work.
If you are like me you like to leave your facebook account or MSN account on so that you are able to chat with your friends as you work on the computer. However this can get very distracting at time and it makes it hard for you to focus. It would be better to close all the windows and only re-open them once your task has been completed.
#4- Take breaks when you feel that you can’t concentrate
Nobody can work non stop like a robot. When you feel that your level of productivity is going down. It is time to take a break and do something different for a while before heading back to the task at hand.
Having the right attitude would certainly help you complete your work faster. It also helps you think out of the box as required and find solutions to any problems which you may be facing.
#6- Know your body
It is important to know how your body reacts at different times of the day. Leave the most strenuous task for the time of the day where you are most alert and feel the most energetic.
#7- Read Organize for a Fresh Start
Organize for a Fresh Start: Embrace Your Next Chapter in Life by Susan Fay West teaches one how easy to be organized in the house.
By clearing up the physical space around you it will be easier for one to de-clutter their mind also and focus on the tasks at hand.
It will certainly help to increase your productivity if you start off with a clear mind and space.
#8- Read the book Personal Productivity Secrets by Maura Nevel Thomas
Do you know the secrets to personal productivity? Now you can learn them from this book- Personal Productivity Secrets by Maura Nevel Thomas.
In this book she shares how it is possible for you to control your attention and focus on the task at hand. To be able to control your focus and behaviour your will be able to filter out and remove all the extra “noise” created by the environment that you are in. All the distractions that has been hampering your productivity can be removed easily if you follow her tips.
Attention management is about prioritizing what is important to you and focusing on the task at hand before moving on.
#9- Read the book Taking Action Working Through Procrastination and Achieving your Goals
One of the main problems that many people have in their lives is that they spend their time procrastinating and procrastinating without even lifting a finger to change the situation that they are in . Taking Action working Through Procrastination and Achieving Your Goals by Dr Jay Earley teaches you how to identify your procrastination pattern and to stop it in it’s track before it engulfs you.
Through reading the book you will learn methods how to be focus and get through the problems that you are facing by tackling the challenges that you face head on. You also will learn how to remove the trigger factors that cause you to procrastinate so that you will become more productive and get the work done.
#10 Read the book- Get The Fatigue Prescription – Four Steps to Renewing Your Energy, Health and Life.
Many a times you wish that you have enough energy to see through the day. Now you can with the correct prescription. The fatigue Prescription is a book that teaches you about how to be aware of your own mental state and work on using the most of your time daily to your benefit. You can improve your productivity levels by removing all physical and mental toxins that may be in your life. It is something which you should certainly consider if you are constantly facing fatigue in your life currently.
January 14, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
Thanks for sharing this! I’ll keep those in mind and will try to check the books out. 🙂
January 15, 2013 @ 12:04 am
ahhhh…. the negative effects of social media. so true!!
January 15, 2013 @ 1:13 am
Oh my gosh, I have been in self-sabotage mode lately, procrastinating for a huge thing I really need to get done. In fact, I am procrastinating right now! *sigh*
January 15, 2013 @ 10:16 am
Great tips. I will have to check out some of the books recommended. One book I come back to time and time again is Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy.
January 15, 2013 @ 10:18 am
Dominique you have a great website! Love the arrangements and colors. I love #3 – Close all social media outlets before you start your work. Something I need to work on! – Maggie
January 15, 2013 @ 10:43 am
thanks for the compliments. Great that you love the website which I designed 🙂
January 15, 2013 @ 1:00 pm
I usually multi-task when doing my online thing I guess that is the reason why I can’t concentrate on my work as I blog ad facebooking at once…
January 15, 2013 @ 3:28 pm
All great tips!
Closing social media while you are trying to work is a great idea (unless you are working on social media!). It is so easy to get distracted. Thank you for the ideas!
January 15, 2013 @ 4:56 pm
Very informative post. I have been doing #3 a lot lately and it really is helping.
January 15, 2013 @ 6:51 pm
#1-3 hit me real hard!!! hihihihi 🙂
Kenya G. Johnson
January 15, 2013 @ 9:28 pm
I can procrastinate my butt off. If I’d start with close all social media outlets – that would really do the trick.
January 15, 2013 @ 11:04 pm
Coffee improves my productivity! They’ve actually done studies that show coffee helps women concentrate and score higher on tests.
January 15, 2013 @ 11:36 pm
Great advice! Thanks for posting this….the one about social media is a huge drain on my productivity during the day. Will check out some of the books as well…newest follower from the Blah Blah group
January 16, 2013 @ 2:19 am
I got completely stuck on #1. I am the queen of multitasking and really question if I am able NOT to! However, when I finally focus enough to write down a list, I am so much better off. If the list is there, I will do whatever I can to conquer each one so I can cross it off. So mental!!
January 16, 2013 @ 2:47 am
Great reminder. I have asked my husband to change my passwords a few times to keep me out of facebook. YEP! Pathetic, but helpful. 🙂
JamericanSpice / Colette S
January 16, 2013 @ 3:28 am
I agree with not multi tasking. I can do it, but then I get overwhelmed.
I love these tips!
January 16, 2013 @ 3:51 am
What a great post for the new year! This is exactly what I need to work on. Thanks for the book suggestions too!
Courtney~Mommy LaDy Club
January 16, 2013 @ 7:27 am
Social media can really suck your life away. It’s a great tool for business, but I am very cautious about the time I spend there to be able to run everything. Great list!
January 16, 2013 @ 1:55 pm
I need a LOT of help getting myself organized. Maybe that should be my word for 2013. Thanks for the idea! 🙂
January 17, 2013 @ 12:59 pm
Oh thanks for these tips! They are very useful indeed. I admit, I am a mulitasker, and I get things done this way. But you’re right, better results are achieved through focus. 🙂
January 17, 2013 @ 3:54 pm
I definitely agree with number 3…it’s a lost cause for me otherwise. Very helpful tips!
January 19, 2013 @ 7:10 am
I failed at the firs one already and you now #3 would be the end of me ;). great list. Spot on.