First of all, you have to be aware that to achieve high levels of productivity the first step is to change your working environment. With that being said let’s clarify what productivity means. Sometimes is misinterpreted because people often relate it to perfectionism, but making tasks more complex is the opposite of benign productive.
Productivity is a philosophy of life and a mental condition. Being efficient implies doing what we deliberately choose to do at all times, rather than what we feel compelled to do by circumstances. Adopting a mindset of continuous improvement.
In this blog, you will find some tips to be productive in life!
- MIT Theory
Most Important Tasks (MIT) Theory is that any given to-do list has tasks that are more relevant than others. If you just focus on checking off the to-do list and do not organize them, you will end up with a mix of important and less important tasks without being completed. Which usually ends up in procrastination. Instead, spend 2-5 minutes applying the MIT theory to get the most important things done by the end of the day, so you are left with smaller tasks that are easier to focus on.
- Make a distraction list to stay focused
Always has been extremely easy to get distracted, this is why we recommend you to do a “Distraction list”, to stay away from it when you are trying to be productive. For example, if you are focused on an important project and you remember that you have to pay a bill, buy chocolate, or answer that message that someone sent you 2 weeks ago, write them down on another sheet of paper or document so you can go through it later.
- Use the 80/20 rule
Another way to prioritize tasks is the 80/20 rule. It states that in any pursuit, 80% of the results will come from 20% of the efforts. Highly productive workers identify the most critical 20% of their work to enhance efficiency. Then they look for methods to trim the remaining 80% of their calendar in order to devote more time to the activities that have the greatest impact.
- Eat the elephant in small bites
One of the reasons why people procrastinate is because their to-do list seems too difficult with immense projects. Start by breaking down the large to-dos into smaller to-dos. Setting small goals for each task will help you finish the project. This makes the to-do list longer, but it helps you do it faster. Also, you set up your mind differently if you visualize the small things you have to do to complete the big one. For example, if I have to write and easy, the first thing I do is brainstorm and organize those ideas in order to make it easy when it comes to writing things down. That is the reason why you have to eat the elephant in small bites because all at once you will not be able to, it is too big.
- Do not multitask
Multitasking in most cases is rapidly switching your focus between two things and every time you switch, you have to re-focus on the new task. And the time that takes you to get up in speed is a few minutes, which makes multitasking an extremely inefficient tool.
One tip to avoid multitasking is following tip number 2, and every time it comes you your mind do something else while you are concentrated on a task, just write it down on a list.
Follow the tips and stay tuned for more. Remember that the most efficient people are not necessarily brilliant, they just found the right strategies to beat procrastination. If you want to learn more about Career Advice, check the following blogs: