Increase Your Productivity with These 8 Tips

by Trevor Willingham, Copywriter - 09/08/16

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Mental fatigue, stress, being pulled a million different ways, and moments of lethargy can all seriously interfere with your productivity. When your to-do list grows and minutes tick by with few results to show, what do you do?

If you struggle with these issues, you’re not alone; Google reports that there are 27,000 searches a month for the word “productivity.” To reduce your personal workplace stress, try some of these eight tips.

  1. Stop multitasking. Talking on the phone while brewing coffee and finishing an email isn’t the most efficient use of your time. Studies have shown that focusing on one task at a time leads to fewer distractions and quicker project completions.

  2. Set deadlines. Set a reasonable time to finish all tasks that you have due. Prioritize them, and set deadlines accordingly. Try this: mentally shorten your workday by 20 minutes.

  3. Take breaks. Mental fatigue can set in quickly if you don’t rest your mind for a few minutes every hour. Give yourself time off to check social media pages or take a stroll. For every 45 minutes worked, take 10 minutes off to indulge in distractions or take a quick walk.

  4. Follow the ‘two-minute rule.’ If a task can be completed in fewer than two minutes, complete it immediately rather than pushing it to the back of the line. Completing these quick tasks helps you avoid the dreadful buildup of projects while simultaneously boosting your sense of accomplishment.

  5. Turn off notifications. Nothing can bring productivity to an abrupt halt quite like a vibrating phone or notification symbol at the top of your screen. Make sure all these options are turned off before starting your next task. This will help you keep your mind on the task at hand.

  6. Space out snacking. Large, heavy lunches can cause fatigue and lead to energy crashes. Try snacking throughout your day on food that is high in protein and fiber to keep you energized and help you feel full for longer.

  7. Schedule for tomorrow. Plan out your workday for tomorrow before you leave the office today. This will allow you to immediately get started at work—without having to use the morning’s valuable time to make a to-do list for the day.

  8. Care for yourself first. Get enough sleep, eat right, and exercise to ensure you’re well rested and energized to do whatever the day has in store for you.

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