Ever find yourself wishing there were more hours in the day, more days in the week? There are many common myths about productivity which should be avoided at all costs. Time is the most valuable currency humans have and you should ensure you are making the most out of your time every day by following these 10 productivity tips.
1) Take Regular Breaks
Work in small bursts and ensure to take regular breaks. This will increase your concentration throughout the day and increase your daily productivity.
2) Make the most of your commute
On average we spend hundreds of hours every year commuting to and from work. Learn how to make the most out of your commute so that the time is not wasted.
3) Two minute Rule
“If it takes less than two minutes, do it now”
This technique helps to stop procrastination and it comes from David Allen’s book – “Getting Things Done”.
4) Organised workspace
“A tidy desk is a tidy mind”
Ensure your workspace is organised and clean in order to improve and retain concentration levels. Working in a messy and organised environment increases stress levels and reduces productivity. There’s no use having a clean workspace that is not organised, likewise it is not beneficial to have an organised workspace that is not clean. Ensure your workspace is tidy and organised.
5) On Your Bike
Exercise is extremely important for increasing daily personal productivity. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, making you more focused and more aware. Exercise has also been shown to improve your memory and to help with impulse control.
6) Create to do lists
All great people create lists. Create daily to do lists and prioritise tasks that are more important. You should also allocate a time that these tasks will take to complete, this will help you to plan your day.
7) Remove distractions
Avoid social media websites. Turn your phone off. Whatever normally distracts you from work, remove it. This sounds obvious, but people recognise that things like social media distract them, however they lack the will power to avoid visiting them.
8) Slumber Sweet Spot
We all know that sleep is important, however did you know too much sleep is also bad for you? According to studies, the slumber sweet spot for adults is 7.76 hours of sleep every night.
9) Early Bird Catches the Worm
One common similarity between all major CEOs and influential people is that they all wake up early. This is no coincidence. Waking up early means that you can spend your mornings doing something productive such as exercise or simple relaxation to set you up for the day; all whilst the rest of the world is still sleeping.
10) Stand Up
Invest in a standing desk. These have been proven to help increase concentration levels and productivity. If this isn’t possible, make sure you regularly get up out of your chair even just for a walk round the office.