Whether it’s a busy day, or you bite off more than you can chew, the way you currently deal with tasks might mean you'll struggle to get it all done.
To help make the most of your time here are a few things you can do to become more productive:
Focus on one thing at a time
Even if you’re the best multitasker on the planet, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re productive or completing the task to your best abilities.
And although work might be getting done using this tactic, it’s probably not going to be completed to the best of your abilities. After all, splitting your attention over four things can increase the likelihood of mistakes happening and your standards slipping.
So instead of trying to juggle as much as possible, prioritise your tasks and do them one-by-one. Not only will your productivity improve, you might also find that procrastination is less tempting.
Because switching through various tabs, and emails all day isn’t getting anything done…
They say no
Productive people are rarely labelled as ‘yes men/women’.
Instead, when they say they’ll do something, they actually follow through – meaning a ‘yes’ only comes after they’ve fully assessed their workload. And, potentially, they might have to say ‘no’ to a few requests if they haven’t got time to take a task on.
Be realistic about your goals.
They don’t take things too seriously
Overthinking. Over-criticising. Overworking.
People who spend most of their time on any (or all) of the above are in danger of jeopardising their productivity without even realising it. You might picture a productive person as a serious over-worker with an inability to switch off, when in reality actually almost the exact opposite.
Learn from the mistakes you make and move on.
Productive people take care of themselves
Whether it’s getting enough sleep, organising tasks, or eating right and exercising, productive people care about their own well-being.
A huge part of productivity comes down to whether you can concentrate on the task at hand, and if you’re tired, overworked, and/or hungry working is likely to be the last thing on your mind and procrastination will be an inevitability.
They know what’s important
Productive people use time wisely and reserve the right amount of time for the most important tasks.
Knowing how to prioritise tasks effectively and understand which ones have the highest sense of urgency is the key to being a productive worker.
Ask yourself if your time could be spent better on other things before you start a task, and if the answer is yes, you know what to do.
In summary, the key to being a productive worker is well-being and time management. Work on perfecting these aspects of your working day and before you know it you will be on top of the right tasks.
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My name is Alex Murray. I am passionate about what goes on in and around Walsall. I hope you find my blog to be interesting and thought provoking. Please feel free to give me your feedback.