In the current world that we live in, it is more herculean than ever to remain focused. With distractions like social media, coworkers, having a life outside of work, and other chattels of that nature; it is harder than ever to remain productive.
There are more suggestions now than ever that suggest ways to remain productive. There are apps, tools, exercises, procedures and other ways to stay productive. However, this is the definitive list to remain productive in the midst of a hectic life.
Simple enough. Set out a specific time (an hour or a complete day) to work towards your goals. Turn off ALL notifications, set your phone on do not disturb, set your phone aside and lock-in.
Entrepreneur Ross Simmonds says that being wired in for a certain amount of time will help a person meet their goals quicker. By completely locking in, your mind will be focused on the work at hand and you will be able to achieve your goals faster.
2. Break big projects into smaller parts
When it comes to working on large projects, anxiety is natural to happen. Instead of trying to reach the end goal, break up large workloads into smaller sizes with lower tier targets that align with the overall achievement.
3. Don’t take on more than you can chew
There’s a saying that goes “eat with your stomach, not your eyes.” That saying can be true when it comes to productivity. Productive people are naturally go-getters, ambitious in their pursuits, and want success at all costs.
The drawback of that is, often times, highly driven people take on way too much which eventually leads to procrastination, laziness, and terrible follow through.
Take on the right amount of workload that fits you as an individual. What works for others may not necessarily work for you. Bottomline, overworking yourself is not a good thing and is not a productive tool to use.
4. Regret the idea of multi-tasking
MULTI-TASKING is not productive! When a person is a multi-tasking they cannot give 100% to everything on their plate. Instead of tackling many things at once, attack one task at a time.
The result of handling one issue at a time will be a better final product than handling multiple issues at once.
5. Embrace break and rest
It is important to takes breaks and rests. A person cannot be productive 24/7 without catching some kind of burnout.
Emphasizing breaks and rests will not only better refocus a person’s will but breaks and rests give productive people a chance to breathe and reflect on what they have accomplished and what they will accomplish moving forward.
6. Create a check-list
Having a check-list makes being productive that much easier. Not only is a check-list a clear-cut way of breaking down big projects into small projects, checking off something on a checklist feels great and actually completing an entire checklist feels greater.
7. Do not be afraid to ask for help.
Getting help is not a bad thing. One person cannot complete a big project by themselves despite popular belief. It not only takes hard work and dedication but also seeking and attaining skills from other individuals or groups.
Reach out to a mentor or a group of likeminded about a particular problem or for getting assistance with something. Being productive is a personal preference but teamwork will always make the dream work.