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Ten Simple Ways To Boost Productivity

Ten Simple Ways to Boost Productivity
I'm always seeking new ways to boost my productivity and motivate myself. In fact, I thrive on finding new ways to boost my productivity. There are the obvious things like writing a to-do list but writing the list doesn't necessarily boost your productivity. In fact, sometimes the list can just end up getting longer and longer. There are only so many hours in the day but with my list of ten simple things on how to boost your productivity, you'll be surprised how much you can get done in just a few hours of the day. So here is my list...

1. Ditch Your Phone

Yes, a part of being a blogger does demand using my phone for the likes of social media etc. Having said that, there are times where I just need to write a post and I end up getting absorbed into the big world of social media. Having said that, I needed to find a balance in how much time needed to be invested into the social media side of blogging and the writing content side. I also needed to acknowledge that I was just wasting hours on social media too by getting sucked into endless scrolling. If you struggle to put your phone down, then I have found leaving it far away from me considerably helps. When I say far away, I mean completely out of arms reach or where I cannot see it easily without having to look for it. Whilst doing my degree, I also found deleting social media apps off of my phone helped enormously. Yes, that didn't stop me looking every now and then on my laptop but keeping it off my phone dramatically decreased the amount of time I spent on social media. 

2.  Clear Out The Clutter and Focus On What Matters 

This is the most important component that boosts my productivity. If I have a mess around me, from a messy room to even a messy desktop, it will demotivate me. Keeping your working space tidy, your room tidy, your desk tidy will declutter your mind and will avoid demotivating you. Yes, it really does come down to the little things in life. Recently I have found decluttering and tidying my desktop after each working day also prevents demotivation and procrastination. I try to do this after every day so that when I get up to work the next day, I have no distraction and it's a fresh canvas to begin again on. 

3. Single Task

There is a strong outlook that multi-tasking benefits our work and saves a lot of time. Although I do think multitasking is always an attribute to aim for, sometimes taking one task at a time can be more beneficial. I am one of those types of people who worries about managing my time efficiently and worries about doing one task at a time. Yet, I have found that doing one single task at a time has many benefits too as your work is of a better quality. It actually takes less time to focus on one thing and the results are better because you aren't trying to juggle more than one thing at a time.

Ten Simple Ways to Boost Productivity

4. Shut Off

Sometimes you may move from room to room in desperate need of finding a quiet place to just work with no distractions and it can be quite an impossible task. A way of shutting myself off is by putting in some headphones and lighting a candle. 

5. Give Up On Perfection

The term 'Give Up On Perfection' doesn't mean you shouldn't strive for it, but the idea of perfection can decrease your productivity. From starting blogging, I have realised the reasons why being a perfectionist is irritating. When I first started writing my blog, I found myself becoming less productive on completing posts because I was consistently striving for perfection. The reality of the situation is that perfection is just an illusion that we create ourselves. We are all our worst enemies when it comes to our own work. The point is that by giving up on the illusion of perfection it allows you to complete a task and move on. If after moving on, you are still not happy with it come back to it. Another way to help give up on the illusion of perfection is to pay closer attention to detail when completing a task.  

6. Plan Your Days in Advance

As I said, you can write yourself to-do lists but sometimes if you aren't motivated or productive, they will only get longer and longer. I have found that instead of writing a to-do list, it is easier to plan your days in advance. So instead of having a long list of things that I need to do, I go into detail and plan each day according to things I need to do. Another way, which is beneficial, is to do it by the hour and making sure to plan the breaks in. I invested in a big planner to help me do this too. To be honest, even the investment on a planner boosted my productivity as it has motivated me into writing down deadlines, appointments and everything in between. 

Ten Simple Ways to Boost Productivity

7. The 2 Minute Rule

This is such a simple rule to follow but can dramatically boost your productivity. The idea of the 2-minute rule is if you have a task that can be done in two minutes or less then do them first immediately. I am so guilty of leaving the little tasks until last but sometimes this isn't as beneficial as getting them done first. In fact, completing the task right away takes less time than going back to it later. By doing the little tasks first, it get's them out of the way and enables you to crack on with the larger tasks without the worry of the little ones being in the way. Make it a part of your morning routine and then reward yourself with a coffee when they are all done. 

8. Prioritise

Prioritising is one of the easiest things you can do that will boost your productivity.  When I'm planning my day's in advance, I will put the most important tasks first above all, which I will do after my 2 Minute Tasks. If it's important or has a deadline, put it at the top of your list and then work your way down. 

Ten Simple Ways to Boost Productivity

9. Take A Break

When I have a tonne of things to do, I fail to give myself a break and think that bossing through it is actually more productive. Boy was I wrong! After doing this for several days, it began to take its toll on me. I mean if you are working a 9-5 job, you get a break. It sounds counterintuitive but breaks are seriously important and can actually improve concentration. When you're working for hours on end, your outlook can decline or become hazed. It is very important to allow yourself time away to recuperate, whether it be 5 minutes or 30 minutes. Avoid those procrastination breaks, however!

10. Have A Cut-Off Point

If you spend hours and hours doing work all day, it is extremely important to have some time to reboot. It is important to look after yourself, care about yourself and allow yourself time to enjoy life away from work. Having a cut-off point will allow yourself time to recuperate and wind down, which is essential in maintaining your productivity. Otherwise, you will become overworked and lose focus and concentration.

How do you boost your productivity? Share some tips in the comments below.
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1 comment

  1. Some really great tips. I need to focus on just focusing on one task at a time haha!
    Kathy x


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