We’ve all been there before. We experience the high of being productive, and then one day we just stop. We aren’t experiencing a crisis or anything (at least most of us aren’t), but we just experience the feeling of unproductivity. Telling ourselves to be productive isn’t doing anything, therefore we don’t. Well, that all ends now. Here at AirSend, we have come up with a list of disciplines that is guaranteed to keep the productivity train in motion.
While the idea of multitasking sounds amazing, it actually slows down the productivity train. Having multiple tabs opens actually increases stress, and reminds us that we have unfinished assignments. Pace yourself! Take your time and create a schedule of what you will accomplish. In essence, learn how to manage your time. It’s not easy, but once you get the hang of time management, productivity becomes much easier.
While it may seem like taking scheduled breaks periodically is counterintuitive, it actually improves concentration. If you have a set of tasks ahead of you or a long task, scheduled breaks maintain performance levels. Give your mind a refresher. Taking 15-minute breaks three-five times a day is suggested. Lie down, color, eat, watch your favorite youtube video, knit, exercise, read, do whatever you need to do to relax and refresh yourself. Additionally, having scheduled breaks gives you something to look forward to.
Add Aesthetics to Your Life.
Research shows that adding pleasing elements to your workspace can increase productivity by up to 15 percent. Add things that will make you smile such as, candles, knick-knacks, pen collection, motivational signs, whatever makes you happy. By having aesthetic, you will feel more inclined to be productive; simply because you have things around you that make you smile.
Eat a Live Frog!
Mark Twain once said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” It’s a metaphor, calm down. Don’t actually go hunting for a live frog. The ‘eat the live frog’ technique is actually an immense asset to productivity. Brian Tracy explains this technique. Summed up, your frog is the most crucial task on your to-do list. It is usually the task we tend to save for last or even procrastinate.
Well, according to Tracy, the key to reaching high levels of performance and productivity, is to actually conquer your frog first thing in the morning. “If you have to eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first,” (Tracy). In essence, if you have multiple crucial tasks, take on the hardest, or in this case the ugliest, one. “Discipline yourself to begin immediately and then to persist until the task is complete before you go on to something else,” Tracy.
Get Organized and Limit Distractions.
This is a two-in-one double-decker sandwich. Research says people who have messy workspaces tend to be less efficient and more frustrated. Note that being organized is different from having an aesthetic workspace. Aesthetics= happiness; similarly, clutter=sadness. To improve your mental help and work efficiency, retire all things unnecessary from your workspace; and this includes distractions such as cell-phones, iPods (if those still exist), books, lotion, chapstick, chargers, unnecessary tabs open, etc. If it helps, mute your notifications, so you don’t have a waterfall of notifications pouring down your screen.
Follow these disciplines, and I guarantee your productivity train will be full-speed ahead.
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