“There are two different kinds of people in this world, procrastinators and non-procrastinators.” This quote from one of the most famous TED talks ever sums up a lot of people’s problems today. Everyone, in some way or another, wants to improve their productivity.
There are also two different kinds of productivity, productivity on tasks, and productivity in general.
No matter who you are or how good you are at managing your time, everybody can continue to be more productive. You just have to put in some effort. Below are some helpful tips for you to become a more productive person.
Your mind has to be focused entirely on one activity in order to get the most out of it. That said, multitasking is detrimental to how productive you are.
Keep a one-track mind when doing certain activities. This will allow much more to be done in a smaller time frame because one thing is consuming your time.
Set Personal Deadlines
If you set deadlines for yourself, you will automatically be more productive. Self-imposed deadlines create just the right amount of stress for activities to get done quickly. Usually, stress is associated with being wrong, but a little pressure can allow for a lot more to be done.
Do Something During your Commute Time
Traveling to and from different commitments takes up a large portion of time. So much can be accomplished during this time if you make an effort to do something. Completing various activities during your commute can also be a great way to stay on your feet for future tasks.
Listen to podcasts to gather ideas if you drive during your commute. If you take public transportation, get yourself and your daily to-do lists organized. Find a way to cross something off your list when you are in transit.
For your brain to be working at full strength for the entirety of the tasks you are completing, you need to take breaks. Work in intervals of 90 minutes and then take a 15-minute break to eat a healthy snack or exercise. For your brain to be healthy, you have to be healthy.
Don’t Try to be Perfect
Perfection is unachievable. No matter how hard you try, nothing you ever do will be perfect. Therefore, if you give up on this idea of perfection and just do the best that you can, you will be much more productive.
Sometimes everyone wants to be a little bit lazy, but you have to control that feeling and try to minimize it as much as possible. When you get the urge to go on your computer and rabbit hole the internet, searches varying from as far as cute pictures of cats to Milwaukee houses for sale, think of these activities, and try to get something done.
To be the most productive you can be, you have to have your best foot forward. The only thing you can control is effort. The more effort you put into something, the more you will get out of it.