Productivity isn’t about how much work you get done. It’s about working on what matters most and doing it in the most efficient manner possible.To become more productive, you need to:“Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” –Leo Babauta
Here are 7 easy-to-implement productivity hacks which can help you to be more productive, at work and at home.
1. Mind your mood.
Your mood has a huge impact on your productivity. When you are calm and collected, it is easy to focus and get through your workday and get plenty done along the way. When you are distracted by anxiety, confusion, anger, or depression, it can take twice as long to accomplish anything.Do what you can to level out your mood when you wake up. Listen to a song that motivates you on the way to work. Eat a good breakfast. If you need to, and just take care of routine tasks in the early part of your day. Routines help us feel grounded and relaxed.
2. Ignore your inbox as long as possible.
It might sound weird , but think about it. Your inbox is full of distractions. When you should be focusing on your work, you will instead be drafting responses in your head, thinking about how many emails there are and how long it will take to answer them, and worrying about everybody else’s priorities and problems. Save the inbox until the middle or end of the day if at all possible. According to some experts, checking your email too often is a huge factor that can contribute to decreased productivity.
3. Know when your energy and focus peak, and take advantage.
Most of us have a daily window where we are at our sharpest. That window can vary from day to day, but if you average it out, there is probably a particular set of hours where you are likely to do your best work (which may or may not be the morning!). Identify yours, and if you have the power to shift your schedule around, try to use your window of energy effectively;should you use it for your toughest task? Maybe, maybe not. Sometimes it is the best time to handle a challenging project. Other times, it is a great time to get all the easy stuff out of the way so you can really focus on the hard stuff. Decide the best version of this productivity tip that works best for your personality and the way you work.
4. Don’t Assume,Request Clarification.
If you receive unclear instructions for an assignment, what do you do? You may think that you should be a go-getter and tackle it as best as you can, and you may worry you will sound foolish or slow if you stop to ask questions. Being a go-getter is good but understanding the instruction is way better.Get to know the way your employers work and how they hand out instruction and what they expect. Request clarification and wait.You may be surprised how well a simple meeting explaining the instruction can save you time,money and maybe your job. Do not worry about looking foolish. Nothing is worse than doing a job twice because you didn’t know what you were supposed to be doing.