When you’re working, whether at home or the office, it’s easy to get distracted to the point where we are not able to do our tasks. That is what we refer to as procrastination.
Procrastination is known to lower your productivity as you focus your time and energy on other activities instead of getting any work done.
Continuing to procrastinate will eventually result in your workload piling up, and bottlenecks when it comes to your team’s productivity, and in the worst case scenario, you can lose your job.
Before that happens, you need to take control so none of those things can occur and you can stay on top of your tasks wherever you are.
If you’re having trouble, we are here to offer a few productivity hacks that can help you get more work done:
It’s easy to get distracted, especially if you work on a computer with access to the internet. All you have to do is change a browser and check out websites more interesting than your work. While this is fun to do, it is a great way to get distracted. Thus, before you know it, your day is over and you have accomplished nothing.
Eliminate the distractions from other websites by closing the tab or blocking specific sites while you work. This way, you won’t be tempted to abandon your project to browse the internet. The same can be said about your immediate surroundings. Put away anything that can be deemed distracting and put your work area in a part of your house where there is plenty of natural light and with an ambience that can help you focus; preferably facing a wall.
Working with multiple tasks can be hard. You get overwhelmed and you don’t know where to start. That is why organising is very important. Another factor to consider is what time of the day you are most productive.
Organize your workload depending on priority and then decide what time of day you want to work on it. If you’re the type of person who feels the most productive in the mornings, then get your priorities done first thing in the morning. If not, do your smaller tasks in the morning and then work on other projects later in the day. The end goal here is to finish everything you need before the day ends.
Procrastinators will find any excuse not to do a simple task. If you’re this type of procrastinator and want to stop, then it’s time you take the two-minute rule.
The two-minute rule is simple. If a task in front of you requires two minutes or less of your time, do it. Whether it’s washing your used coffee mug or sending a quick email, do it right away. It gets the task done and lessens your workload, allowing you to get more tasks done.
A lie everyone seems to tell themselves during meetings is: “I don’t need to write that down. I’ll remember it.” Spoiler alert: You won’t remember it.
No matter how much your brain tries to convince you of its memory prowess, it will fail you one way or another. So, don’t pretend and grab a pen. Jot those important notes from the meeting on your handy notepad. Not only is it a good reference for you later on, but it can also serve as proof that someone said it in case something goes wrong.
All in all, productivity is all about staying organised and on top of your to-do list. An advantage to keeping track of your work means less stress, which means you won’t have to keep thinking about work on your days off. Therefore, you never have to overlook your other responsibilities like taking your kid to the park or paying your bills and car finance on time. Better productivity will result in a better outlook on life in general, and before you know it, you are a greater version of yourself.