Everybody is always looking for the secret to be more productive, but even though the answer is easy, we most always fail to implement it.
The truth is, the biggest thing that gets in the way of us being productive is having too many distractions. Distractions either around us, on our desk, or open on our computers!
Webster dictionary states the definition of productive as “an ability to work quickly and efficiently within a certain amount of time to boost results.” Sounds amazing right? We all have the potential to be productive and we all have been productive, however, the biggest struggle with productivity is “distraction”.
Distraction is everywhere, there is no escaping it, so we might as well create a way to flow with it. But how? Your Facebook feed is busier than ever, our social media and calendar notifications are constantly popping up to say, “hello, remember me”.
On top of all of the virtual distraction we have happening we still have our most prized distraction, our families. Don’t get me wrong my family is my everything but that does not mean they are any less of a distraction. My family needs to be fed, clothed, taxied around, loved, and entertained at what seems like all times.
So what are you to do?
Below, I have listed a few of the things that I have found to be useful in making me the most productive me I can be. I encourage you to try them for yourself!
- Workspace: Take a look at your current workspace does it scream “help me I can’t breathe”? If yes then take 5 minutes to clear the clutter before you begin a project. I like to add something that gives me positive energy whether it is a great view, a picture of something or someone inspirational, or a few of my favorite crystals.
- Time-blocking: Take one day a week, I like Sundays, to create a list of all your priorities for the week. Pick 3 to do first thing in the morning that are nonnegotiable–including any tasks on your to-do list. Now divide this list into categories, like work, family, and chores. This will help you to stay focused and work more efficiently. To stay on track with your productivity and not get overwhelmed be sure to give yourself 15-20 minutes between tasks just in case you run long or the inevitable happens and you need to pee before your next 30 minute conference call.
- Music: Sometimes having some good concentration/meditation music can help you “get into the zone” as they say! I love classical or anything instrumental when I am wanting to be focused and my most productive me.
- Reflect: Be sure to take time to reflect on how productive your last week was and how you can tweak it to make your next week more productive.
Don’t forget to go easy on yourself this is not going to happen over night but it can happen (baby steps).
Take this week to find your happy place when it comes to productivity and implement it. What practice will you implement this week to achieve more productivity? Share your commitment by leaving a comment below.
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