Work on Your Best Potential — Productivity Tips
Nothing beats the satisfaction of crossing a task off my to-do-list. For me, productivity looks different every day. Productive work days aren’t always the norm. There are a lot of things that can affect our productivity, like last-minute requests, distractions, life events, and so much more. We all know that being productive and experiencing the sense of accomplishment makes us feel good. But how can we ensure we have more productive days? In this blog post, we will share some essential tips for increasing your productivity and working smarter.
Know your peak hours
Everyone has a time of day when they are most productive. For some people, it's the early morning, while for others, it's late at night. Knowing your peak hours is essential because it allows you to plan your work schedule around them. When you work during your peak hours, you are likely to be more productive and get more done in less time. To determine your peak hours, pay attention to when you feel most alert and energised. You can also track your productivity levels at different times of the day to identify patterns. Once you have identified your peak hours, plan your most important tasks during those times.
Elevate to-do lists
By now, you probably know that having a to-do list can help streamline your work, priorities, and tasks. But they can be more effective if you elevate them to the next level. Instead of simply writing a list of tasks, break them down into smaller, more manageable steps. This will help you focus on the next action required to move the task forward, rather than feeling overwhelmed by the entire project.
Another way to elevate your to-do list is to prioritise tasks based on their level of importance — what must be done first and what can wait. Look at deadlines to prioritise and determine order of importance and urgency; urgent tasks are time-sensitive and have immediate consequences if they’re not completed in time. Urgent and important tasks will go at the top of the list and will then be followed by important and non-urgent tasks, urgent and unimportant tasks, and lastly, non-urgent and unimportant tasks.
Focus on the task at hand
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when your to-do list is a mile long. When you try to do multiple tasks simultaneously, you are likely to make more mistakes and take longer to complete each task. Instead, focus on the task at hand and give it your undivided attention.
One way to do this is to use the Pomodoro technique. This involves working on a task for a set amount of time, usually 25 minutes, and then taking a short break. During the 25 minutes, you should focus solely on the task at hand, without checking emails or social media. This technique can help you stay focused and avoid distractions.