Don’t you adore the vigor with which we enter the first quarter of the year. It most definitely feels refreshing, exiting and promising. So, we are more prompt to get into working beast mode! Before we know it’s the second quarter and we are given another chance to start again. Depending on our personal motivation, by May we are already proud of what we’ve done and hungry for more challenges. Whatever situation you find yourself in, spring is the perfect moment to set the ton for the remaining of the year. It is the exact moment you should find ways to boost your productivity if you feel you are underperforming. Continue reading to discover how you can get more done in less time, achieve larger and greater goals than you ever imagined and most importantly ENJOY them!
1. Review your goals (set manageable goals)
This may seem self-explanatory, but how many of us truly start the day with a clear productivity strategy? Make a list of at least 5 goals.
3 easy, doable tasks (e.g. 10 min morning workout, do laundry, etc.)
1-2 work productive (e.g. write that financial report, complete the market research, etc)
Don't overburden yourself with large-scale activities that you know you won't be able to do in one sitting. Crossing items off your to-do list will inspire you to accomplish more.
3. Clean Up your work space
When you are surrounded by chaos, it is nearly impossible to be productive. There are high chances of you starting to procrastinate, as you will feel the urge to do everything besides what you are supposed to. You will feel distracted and overwhelmed if your desk is covered with papers, books, leftover food, power wires or even unopen mail. So if you don’t want to tidy your workspace, come work at the Rooftop bar of Kitchen59, where the workstations is always clear of clutter!
4. Start a social media diet
We bet most of you start the day by sleepily opening their social media or checking their email until you remember something that was due 10 min ago? For many people, social media is a fun and vital component of promoting their businesses. It may, however, be a significant waste of time and lead to distraction. There are tools that allow us to become more organized by scheduling our business-related social media posts throughout the day, which allows us to limit the possibility of getting distracted.
5. Start prioritizing tasks
How do you spend the most of your time? Do you feel guiltless when making decisions? Perhaps it’s time to change your mindset, habits or your priorities completely. If you are working in a 9-5 job that drains you and the only thing you want to do when you get home is eat and go to bed? You don’t have time for yourself, because you find yourself ‘’busy’’ all the time? Well, let’s be honest here, no one has time, unless you want to make time! Start planning your days or week in advance and you will see how satisfying it is to check your task list! Trust us your productivity will increase and you will feel internally fulfilled.
6. Minimize your distractions
Most of the time it may be difficult to stay focused as our work requires us to use social media and other digital platforms that tempt to distract us. But what can we do to change this narrative?
Social media is a major source of distraction and thus can prevent its users from completing their tasks. However, the understanding as to why users become sidetracked by social media is lacking still. A study done by frontiers in psychology revealed the problem of social media distraction by identifying causes, scenarios, and ways for avoiding it. The results pointed out two reasons for social media distraction: social (e.g., staying connected and being available) and task-related distraction (e.g., not wanting to pursue a task).
So how can we avoid this?
As obvious as it may sound, the first and easiest thing to do is to leave your phone out of reach.