They are the things that are easy to do that will increase your productivity.
- Keeping a to-do list
- Get people involved in your projects
- Get rid of clutter
7 Steps to increase productivity
“‘Organize your life into lists, and then check them off. You’ll feel like a real adult with real-life.’ – Marie Kondo”
If you want to get things done and get things done fast, then check out these 7 tips to help you increase productivity.
1. Set up a “reminder system”
I don’t like any form of meetings, but I’ve always loved alarms and reminders.
As I wrote in the article 7 Ways to Become a More Productive Person, I created a reminder system that works for me. Here’s how it works:
At 8:15 every morning, I get a text message on my phone that has to do with my business.
At 2:15 every afternoon, I get a text message that is different than the morning one.
At 5:15 every evening, I get a text message that is different than the morning one.
By using these texts, I can keep on top of my to-do list and stay on top of my business.
When you get messages from the things you want to do, your brain focuses on them, which increases productivity.
2. Block all social media
This may be a shocker, but all of your friends and family on social media are going to drain your brain.
When you allow yourself to be bombarded with messages, you feel obligated to respond, which lowers your productivity.
A few years ago, I left my social media accounts, which helped me focus and increased my productivity. Now I’m thinking about starting it again so I can help more people.
3. De-clutter your life
One of the best ways to stay focused and increase productivity is to declutter your life.
I have almost no clutter at all in my home and offices.
Whenever I see something that I don’t use or need, I donate it to charity. When you donate things, you free up space.
At the office, I have 3 large shelves full of projects that I need to do. Instead of working on them all day, I break them up into pieces and then work on them every other day.
The process of decluttering and organizing is very freeing and can be extremely beneficial.
4. Get a second wind
I recently read a study that was done on the effects of naps.
Researchers in France found that people who slept after lunch were more productive after work than those who didn’t sleep.
If you wake up late or are just plain exhausted, try having a cup of coffee. It will help energize you, but it’s not enough to get you to the next level.
When you are tired, your creative energy can below. This affects how focused and productive you are.
A nap will revive your energy and help you get to your full productivity. A nap of 45 minutes or so will make a big difference in your productivity levels.
5. Write a to-do list
Even when you get stuff done, you still have to make a to-do list.
The way you write your list is going to be different for everyone. For me, I make lists of things that I need to do and then make a cross-section of what my to-do list looks like.
Make it visual by using colors or different colors to differentiate between your tasks. It is much easier to organize your life if you use visual cues.
If you make it as visual as possible, it will keep your to-do list from being overwhelming.
6. Focus on the bigger picture
The more you focus on the big picture, the more you’ll be able to achieve your long-term goals.
You might not be able to finish everything you want to do this week, but at least you’ll know where you stand.
Whether you’re trying to learn a new skill, get in shape, or develop a new business, make sure that your entire focus is on what you want to get done.
If you don’t think you can achieve it, you need to change your priorities.
Instead of working on things that aren’t important to you, spend your time on things that will help you achieve your goals.
7. Rely on your tools
Any tool that helps you stay focused is going to increase your productivity.
One of my favorite tools is Headspace. It is a guided meditation and breathing program.
It has really helped me increase my productivity.
If you are struggling to stay focused, I highly recommend trying out a guided meditation program.
You don’t have to be a meditator, but it will help to get your brain focused on something that it is trying to achieve.
Also, for me, I focus on what I eat as well.
If I eat foods that are high in B vitamins and fiber, my productivity levels rise.
You should eat lots of nutritious foods, such as blueberries, avocados, and apples.
Everyone has their own productivity method, and the best thing that you can do is to find what works for you.
Before you try something new, make sure you understand what you’re trying to achieve. If you fail to do so, you will be wasting your time.
And, if you start something new, make sure that you break it down into smaller pieces. A task or project that is big and vague is going to overwhelm you and drag you down.
In the end, the best thing that you can do is to simply be your best.
It is not about how smart you are or how good of a writer you are. It is about how smart you are at making positive choices and turning them into actions.