Below are some few simple tips in increasing your productivity naturally. Making this as your routine can make every day more productive.
Create a to-do list and write each task in order of importance.
Management consultants suggest that by writing all tasks down and identifying the most important ones on a daily basis will help you accomplish your goals. Tracking the time spent on each task may also help so you do not focus too much on one task while neglecting the others.
It is great to know that you have set your goals, but it is also important that you schedule time to achieve them. Most people tend to procrastinate and play for as long as they can, and you might not be an exemption. Unless a goal is scheduled, it isn’t real. So, if you want to maximise your productivity, make sure you schedule your priorities.
Follow that 80/20 principle.
The Pareto law or better known as the 80/20 rule states that 80% of the effects/results come from 20% of the inputs/causes. This only means that you must find the 20% that is creating the 80% of your desired outcomes and focus solely on those activities.
Social media, computer games, televisions, and cellphones, and even participating in irrelevant conversations are only a few examples of time wasters that cause people to fall behind their work. If you are working or studying, or trying to accomplish a task, disconnect from social media network and avoid checking on your phone every now and then. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can complete that one important task!
Learn to delegate.
People will not volunteer to help you accomplish your goals, so ask them to help you. If there is that one big project that you need to complete, identify the tasks that are not so crucial and delegate them. Just make sure that the person who takes the task knows the deadline and has all the resources to accomplish those tasks.
Focus on your goals, then make a commitment to accomplish them.
At some point, you struggle with mental endurance and feel like you can’t seem to follow through and stay focused for very long. Also, staying motivated to accomplish something can be a struggle. But do you know that it is your commitment to the process that will make the difference? If you have already written everything on paper, if you have listed down all the tasks that you need to accomplish, if you have identified the crucial ones that need to get done… then there is no more reason to hold back. Start now. Avoid distractions and make a commitment that you will get these things done at the end of the day.
What you eat affects your productivity.
Being productive doesn’t end with a good plan, goal setting or being motivated. Food has a direct impact on our cognitive performance, which is why a poor decision at breakfast can derail an entire day. The nutrients from the food we eat make it through to power your brain and help you to either focus or lose focus. Foods such as dark Chocolate, nuts, seeds and fish will give your brain the most power, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Also, in the contemporary workplace where people are busier than ever, employees are turning to brain supplements or Nootropics (also known as smart drugs) to keep up with their daily routines and help them ignore distractions, and to focus their attention to get their work done. This is okay as many brands have been proven safe and effective especially when combined with a healthy diet, enough quality sleep and regular exercise.
Get quality sleep.
Hard workers and students cramming for an exam tend to deprive themselves of sleep in order to get more done, but lack of sleep won’t just leave you tired. Sleep deprivation also affects your judgment, ability to learn and retain information, your mood and may to many health problems. Sleep requirements vary from person to person, but most healthy adults need between 7-9 hours of sound, quality sleep in order to function at their best.
Exercise has more benefits other than losing weight or staying in shape. It can also improve important aspects of your life, such as your physical and mental health, including your productivity. When you exercise, you are increasing blood flow to the brain, which can help boost your brain functions and sharpen your awareness and can also give you more energy. Thus, you will feel more awake at work, in the classroom or when you are trying to accomplish an important task.