We all know how bad last year was for everyone due to covid, and most likely the situation will be the same this year as well. This has led people to work from home and lose their productivity as managing both work and home is no easy task.
You must think how successful people do this, being everywhere at the same time managing everything at the same pace!
The answer is that they use different strategies and tricks to increase productivity. This may not be true but indeed there are things they do differently than you.
With this article, you will read about the tricks you can apply in your daily life to become more productive.
Tricks to increase productivity:-
So without further ado, let’s jump right ahead into how you can increase your productivity in 2021:-
1. Focus on one thing at a time:
Productive people don’t multitask. Sure, it’s great to listen to something or read a book while you’re having your breakfast, but not watching T.V, watching T.V will shift your focus.
You think you can increase your task by doing multitasking but it ends up shifting your focus and deteriorating your time by doing it again sometimes.
Instead, you need to focus on one task at a time. You can also schedule your time for different tasks you have to do and complete one at a time.
You can create a work calendar so that you can be clear from where you have to start, and what you have to do. This will not waste your time thinking about what, where, and when.
2. Making a to-do list:
Make it a routine to write a to-do list every day. It’s always good to be organized and disciplined and the best way is to make a to-do list.
Planning ahead– whether it’s about planning your day, week, or months you can create a to-do list to structure your tasks easefully.
You can make your to-do list any way you wish, through an app or writing on paper. If you are assigned any tasks you can jot them down on your phone or laptop. For tasks that are important or time-consuming, you can write them on a note and stick them on your work desk.
There are a lot of apps you can use to professionally plan your work within no time, like; google task planner.
3. Group and prioritize your tasks:
Grouping and prioritizing your tasks go hand in hand with creating your to-do list. The time you create the to-do list group the tasks according to their importance and urgency.
It will not be tough to group them together based on the following criteria:
- Purpose~ Mention the purpose of the task, whether you are grouping it according to your professional or personal use.
- Location~ Make sure to sit on your comfort ground to make this list, as these kinds of work need patience and a calm mind.
- Type of work done~ Prioritize your work according to its type.
Once you will successfully group the first task it will become easy for you to figure out the rest. While writing your to-do list, organize the individual tasks and put similar ones near each other.
Also, you need to mark out your tasks according to their importance and urgency, like;
- A task that is important but not urgent for you can be put at last.
- A task that is not important but is urgent for you needs to be put first.
- Tasks that are both urgent and important need to be highlighted.
Based on these 2 criteria (urgency and importance), you can determine a certain order in which you should complete your tasks.
4. Just do it!
There must be one task in your list which you are not eager to solve as it is hard. However, it doesn’t matter how difficult these tasks are, you will have to complete them eventually. And instead of procrastinating on them, just do it!
In the times during the day when you are most fresh, concentrated, and productive is the time to complete the most difficult task.
Determining the time when you are most fresh, concentrated, and productive may need some experimentation but you may be more productive during the morning on some days, and during the afternoon on other days. Therefore, try to identify a pattern and find your peak times.
5. Social media:
Contrary to what others may tell you, you never have to completely ban social media or other distractions from your phone in order to concentrate to be more productive. Instead, you can simply make a time schedule to use your phone and social media.
The best way to do this is to put your phone on mute while working or you can also restrict data usage if you are working on your phone. You are not bound to answer all the calls or messages unless it is important.
However, it never matters whether you get a notification or not but once you take a break you will feel like using the phone. And then you will end up wasting a lot of your scheduled time on something else. Although this is extremely normal for teens today, you need to focus more.
To refresh your mind you can use different brain exercising games, this way you can utilize your spare time and can also take a break from your scheduled work.
Making good habits should be always acceptable and if it is making you productive then why not?
With these tricks to increase productivity, you can ease your work-life/ life and can also increase your output, with limited input. This 2020 pandemic has given us numerous reasons and time to be a much better version of ourselves and 2021 is the time to implement those in our life.
So with these tricks skyrocket your productivity.