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5 easy ways to be more productive

So, you’re looking to find out how to become more productive.

Chances are, you’re procrastinating already, right?

5 easy ways to be more productive

Here are a few tips to help you get more done, in less time:

1. Don’t overdo it

The worst thing to do is take on too much work. Your focus will stray away from priorities, tasks turn into a juggling act and the quality of work is likely to be lower because of this.

Ambition is great, but don’t take on a workload you can’t physically and mentally cope with. List out what you realistically can and can’t do in a specified time frame. If you can’t do it, don’t!

Productivity Quote: "Balance is not something you find, it's something you create."

2. Focus on one task at a time

Once you’ve sorted out a sensible and achievable to-do list, it’s time to tackle each task one at a time. There’s nothing worse than taking on a big task with other side projects still in the mix.

By channelling your focus on one task, you’re able to delve deeper into the thought process, work more creatively, and ultimately produce a better piece of work.

Did you know single-tasking also helps to build our “attention muscle”? Attention muscle is how much control we have over where we direct our attention.

Productivity Quote: "Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days."

3. If you need a break, take a break

Unfortunately to our bosses, we’re not robots that operate 24 hours a day. Excessive work leads to mental strain and fatigue, and so lower levels of productivity.

If you’re working on a computer, the NHS guide on eye safety recommends short frequent breaks to avoid eye strain and discomfort.

Taking short and frequent breaks allows your mind to rest and recover from the ‘brain power’ used when working. De-activating and re-activating will make you more alert and focused on the task at hand.

Productivity Quote: "It's okay to take a break."

4. Identify and remove time consumers

Time management is key. Are you spending too much time checking emails?

Identify the time-consuming activities that swamp your everyday work life, and work towards removing or streamlining these processes.

Checking emails is a perfect example of how tasks stop and start and often get lost during the day. Try limiting your email checking to just three different times of the day; one in the morning, one at lunch time and one late afternoon. This way, the temptation of starting other smaller tasks will be resisted.

Productivity Quote: "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."

5. Minimise distractions to an absolute minimum

If you have the opportunity to work from home during high workload days, try it and see how it goes. As well as saving the commute to work (time better used elsewhere), you’ll be working in your own relaxing environment.

If you don’t have the luxury of working from home, try listening to music. Music has been proven to boost productivity levels. According to research from Cambridge Sound Management, speech in songs distracts 48% of us in the office. So, lyric-less music is arguably the best music to listen to.

Productivity Quote: "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading"

Put these five steps into action, and you’ll become more productive in no time. So what are you waiting for?! Do it! Do it now!

Do you have any tips on how to increase productivity? Let us know in the comments below.

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