6 HABITS TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
There's no doubt that lack of focus on particular tasks slows you down. You might think you’re getting more done by multi-tasking, but jumping between jobs actually hinders your cognitive processing. The most productive people spend several hours focused on a single task which allows them to get into a deep state of mental concentration, producing the best possible results.
QUICK TIP: Start block scheduling each day and set an allotted amount of time for each task. Once your time is up move on to the next task.
#2. ELIMINATE ALL DISTRACTIONS
Highly productive people know the danger of unwanted distractions, and take decisive steps to shut them out. If you’re seated in a noisy environment don’t be afraid to wear headphones, or move away from that gossipy co-worker. Minimize distractions on your screen by closing browser tabs. And above all, put your smartphone out of sight!
#3. DON'T BE DETERRED BY FAILURE
The most productive people aren’t afraid of making mistakes. They take action without over-analyzing the consequences, and treat each failure as an opportunity for improvement. Taking risks is essential if you want to evolve into a productive, efficient and confident worker.
INSPO: "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." Dale Carnegie
#4. TAKE SMALL STEPS
The beginning of a huge project always feels like the best time to clean out your desk. The bigger the project is, the more we procrastinate. That’s why the smartest workers break monster jobs down into small, achievable steps. Having a comprehensive list to power through does wonders for your motivation.
QUICK TIP: Write out small goals to mark your progress to keep you on track. Once you hit one small goal, move on to the next, then the next. It will make the overall goal look much more achievable
#5. START YOUR DAY EARLIER
When you’re awake and energized before the rest of the world you have more alone time to prepare for the day. It’s a few extra hours before emails start coming in, before your phone starts buzzing, before you have to deal with clients. Better yet, studies have shown that your willpower and creativity are strongest in the morning. Make the most of this golden time.
QUICK TIP: Pick a task you're most looking forward to and knock it out first thing in the morning. Maybe it's working out or responding to emails. Whatever is most achievable for you.
#6. REWARD YOURSELF
Like any other muscle in your body, the brain can be trained. Rewarding yourself for completing work creates a positive mental cycle. You finish something, get the reward, and feel more inclined to do the next task. One of most important habits of productive people is treating themselves as they reach milestones, and celebrating success with their team.