Super handy productivity tips!

Hey, How are you? Good? Oh… You’re feeling swamped under all this work you have to do? Trust me. I know how that feels, I’ve always got homework or an assignment and I always procrastinate and never feel productive, but, if you’d like, I can give you a few tips that really helped me get things done? Awesome.
 
 
For starts, have you thought about cleaning your desk?
 
Your place of work is really important, so you have to make sure it’s tidy, organised and ready to go. Take some time to organise your desk, so that you know exactly where everything is when you need it, no time is wasted on digging through piles of paper and junk, which can really help when you’re under pressure or in the zone, plus, there will be less to distract you.
 
 
Have you tried writing a To-Do list?
 
As part of each morning routine I make a To-Do list, putting the most crucial or loathsome items at the top, and work my way down in order of importance, with the least important task at the bottom. As you complete a task, just cross it off the list.
 
If you don’t like the idea of wasting paper each day on a physical list, Evernote is a really handy app that lets you make notes or lists and share them between any number of devices; and the best thing it, it’s paper free! It will even send you notifications if you’re forgetful like me.
 
 
How much exercise do you do?
 
Exercise is one of the most underrated productivity hacks. Not only is exercise crucial for your health and wellbeing, it helps your productivity too!
 
One thing I’ve found from making exercise a part of my daily routine is that I’m so much more focused when I sit down to work, I’m consistently more productive. By exercising, it increases blood-flow to your brain, helping awareness and processing, as well as gives you more energy. Exercise it an all-round life essential, for your physical and mental health, alertness and sleeping habits. 30 minutes a day of physical activity is recommended.
 
If you don’t have time for a chunk of 30 minutes, do three 10 minute routines instead, or incorporate using the stairs instead of the elevator? Park your car a few blocks from the office and walk the rest of the way, whatever you do, make physical activity a part of your daily routine and you’ll see improvement in every facet of your life.
 
 
Are you getting enough sleep?
 
Sleep is key, absolute key, to being productive and healthy.
 
Ditch the technology for at least an hour before you go to bed to make sure you get a decent amount of sleep. Sign off, you can text your pals tomorrow, because the light emitted from your phone or laptop inhibits the release of melatonin, a key chemical involved in preparing our bodies for sleep, so if you’re having trouble getting to sleep, maybe try logging off and reading a book for a while, you might learn yourself a thing or two.
 
 
Follow the Pareto Principle, man.
 
The Pareto Principle is simple: 80% of your desired results will come from 20% of your activity.
 
Find the things that are your priority, the tasks that will offer you the most progress and results and do them first. Pretty simple, huh?
 
 
 
This list isn’t comprehensive, but it’s a neat little start. Super simple to incorporate into a busy schedule with little effort, and you’ll start seeing yourself complete tasks in no time.

One thought on “Super handy productivity tips!

  1. Jerker (Energetic and Productive) says:

    Yeah, prioritizing is #1 and it comes in many forms – keeping a clean working space free of distractions (may include turning off notifications / phone etc), using To Do-lists with ordered items, using the 80-20 or pareto principles etc!

    And as you discuss, sleep and exercise has a huge effect on how sharp you are. I’d add food to that, if you eat bad food you can end up being unneccesarily tired without really knowing why!

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