Once you reach adulthood, deadlines for things become more abstract or you have to make yourselves. So how do you juggle everything that you encounter and have to do on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis? When I first moved out of my mom's house, I was the opposite of productive towards house chores. And sometimes I still am with working 60-70 hours a week, luckily that will be going down to 50-60 hours by the end of the month. And hopefully back to 40-45 hours by the end of summer especially once I've completed my certification. But that has nothing to do with productivity.
So I decided to compile all my tips and tricks on being more productive. And these can be applied whether: you are super busy with things to do whether at work or at home, or you are dealing with a slow time period and don't know what you are going to do next.
- Create a How-To Guide. This one applies specifically to slow times. At work some days, there just aren't a lot of things to do so one of the things I do to fill time and not sitting around bored out of my mind is create Knowledge Base Articles or How-To Guides for others at my job. And there's nothing wrong with that.
- Identify when you are the most productive. If you know you are more productive in the beginning part of the afternoon or early morning, complete the most important tasks or items during that time period. As this will help produce the highest quality of work out of you.
- Play battle music while you work. Video games do a very good job at producing soundtracks that will help you be super productive. During Boss Battles the music is dramatic and slightly angry. As this helps you concentrate on the task at hand and get it done. It's very motivating, which is way I have boss battle music playing for the majority of my work day. Otherwise, if you're not a fan of battle video game music then listen to something that has an angry tone to get the same effect.
- Stop multi-tasking. Now sometimes you can't help it but multi-task, but this will actually reduce the quality of your work and your productivity. When you stop multi-tasking, you slow down on the task you are working on. And can think through everything clearly. Plus it will stop you from forgetting to complete on of the items as you were planning attention to something else.
- Take breaks. This may seem counter to productivity as breaks mean not working. But taking breaks helps your brain recharge and help prevent you from becoming burnt out. I highly recommend actually using your lunch break, even if it's just to look away from your work for thirty minutes. We're humans not robots after all, constantly working will wear you down over time and leave you less productive.
- Limit scrolling and checking emails. Now I'm not referring to work emails that are specific to things you need to work on. But don't spend a lot of time checking personal or junk emails as these take your attention away from your workflow. Same goes with social media. It's a huge distraction that leads to procrastination.
- Clean your desk. A clean desk is a clear mind, you won't be distracted by the stuff filling up your desk or the dust that has been gathering. Your mind will appreciate it and if you have co-workers, they will to.
How do you stay productive? Let us know your tips in the comments so we can all get more productive together!