This week you will do everything differently. On Monday morning, you woke up feeling certain that you would organise your work better and get more done. But, by the end of the week, you still have a to-do list as long as your arm and little has changed. Nonetheless, breaking the vicious cycle is amazingly simple. You need only tackle a few minor issues. Here are three quick and simple tricks to help you increase your productivity.
According to experts, you must limit the number of decisions you need to make. This leaves you with more energy and creativity to finish the tasks that really matter. Routines balance out ‘decision fatigue’. A few examples:
- Each day, if you get up at the same time, you will never be late.
- If you put your work clothes in the same place every evening, you don’t need to waste time thinking about what you will wear for the following workday.
- If you prepare your lunch in the evening, you won’t have to waste time making your lunch during your morning ‘rush’.
Have you ever asked yourself why you always get those genius ideas while showering, jogging, or doing the dishes? Your body and mind have done these activities so often that you run on automatic pilot. This frees up your mind to focus on bigger and more important matters.
And we don’t mean just during your commute to and from work. Research shows that continuously hearing the notifications on your smartphone distracts you from what you are doing. Let’s be honest here. We all know that a phone disrupts your concentration. End this distraction by putting your phone in a place where you can’t see or hear it. Make an agreement with yourself that you will only check it at a fixed number of moments, for example, during lunch and an hour before you go home.
On Friday, prepare for Monday. The report for the following week, preparing for your Wednesday meeting, and the urgent orders… all these are tasks that are still fresh in your mind on Friday. So, make that list. Then, as soon as you arrive on Monday, you can get going immediately. Start with the most important issues, without having to strain your brain about what you were working on.
Change is difficult. Nevertheless, everything is possible when you incorporate changes in simple habits. Even when you want to become more productive.