Top 10 Ways to Increase Your Productivity And Improve Your Career

It can be tough to keep up with your never-ending to-do list and to stay away from distractions. At such times, a change in your ways is much needed. Below are some simple yet effective ways that will increase your productivity :

1. Have a clear set of goals

A goal-oriented to-do list is the first thing to start with. It’s not about how much you get done, but how closer to your goals are you getting. So start with the end, where you want to go and work your way backward identifying the things you have to do to reach that goal. Make sure your goals are attainable and quantified so you can keep track of your progress.

2. Prioritize your tasks

The rule goes like this: 20% of your tasks are responsible for 80% of your success. Among the things you have to do, some of them are essential for your success the most, they’re the most important task, what you need to start with first thing in the morning. And if there’s any time/energy left, you can go on for the other tasks, if not, think of delegating them or removing them from your to-do list.
"There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing."

3. Motivate yourself

There’s a great satisfaction that comes from getting something done. Use that as a motivation to complete the tasks you start. Anticipate that feeling of satisfaction and get things done.

4. Eliminate distractions

Unsuccessful people tend to think more about immediate gratification and short-term pleasure, whereas, successful people keep their focus on greater rewards in the long-term. They’re willing to make sacrifices in the short-term. Keeping your focus on greater rewards will help you sacrifice immediate gratification that comes from these distractions.

5. Avoid self-imposed deadlines

There are different opinions about self-imposed deadlines. Some people claim that they work better under the pressure that these deadlines create, but years of research indicate that this is seldom true. The pressor often leads to stress and the possibility of making more mistakes and having to redo the work which is going to waste more time.

6. Work all the time you work

To keep balance in your life, you need to resolve to work all the time you’re working. This means to avoid time-wasters, like chatting with your coworkers or reading a magazine or making phone calls… basically, you need to start working from the minute you arrive till you have to leave your workplace. That way you can get things done and not have to take work home.

7. Create a comfortable workspace

Declutter your workspace. The cleaner your workspace is before you begin, the easier it is for you to get started and keep going. A great organizational technique is to get your work ready and laid out nearby in order and sequence. 

8. Take it one step at a time

Your job is to go as far as you can see and then you see far enough to go farther. Thinking about how much is left to do can be overwhelming and demotivate you. Whereas, focusing on one step at a time and getting it done, can give you a satisfactory feeling that will keep you going.

9. Never stop learning

Personal and professional improvement is one of the best time savers there is. Spending time learning and reading in your field is definitely worth it. One piece of information or one additional skill can make a big difference in your efficiency at work. So read books in your field or listen to audiobooks and take every course and seminar available on key skills that can help you.

10. Work at your own pace

Overworking can be counterproductive. Fatigue and attempting to start a new task when you’re tired is the major reason for procrastination. That’s why you need to work at your own pace. Identify the time during the day when you’re most productive and discipline yourself to use it on your most important tasks. It can be in the morning after a good night’s sleep, or in the afternoon or even at night.

Extra tips :

• Drink water first thing in the morning as it helps increase your level of alertness.

• Use focus tools such as :

Rescue Time: this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time

Remember The Milk: It’s a great free tool that is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

Focus Booster: The app uses the Pomodoro technique, a popular time management technique that divides focused work sessions into manageable, 25-minute intervals

Evernote: Keep all your notes in one place

• Keep a notebook and pen on hand at all times. And write down ideas

• Keep healthy. Get enough sleep and exercise regularly

• Read brain Tracy book: Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

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