What if you could be content when you finish every day of work because you were productive enough to actually finish each task that you had intentions to complete? Let’s even take this a step further – what if you were confident that you finished every task to your highest capability and efficiency?
You would finish every day of work with glee and probably zero guilt.
Fortunately for us all, this can be a reality. Procrastination only results in unfinished endeavors.
If your work day is not going the way that you had initially envisioned, it’s time to do something about it.
The majority of people aren’t productive enough for because of two things: destructive habits are delaying efficiency, and people tend to be proactive when things go wrong and often drop what they’re doing to solve unexpected issues.
Fortunately, the solution can be easy. The negative habits and reactive tendencies need to be replaced with positive habits that can make us proactive and can skyrocket you to a more productive routine today.
Tip #1: Tame Your Erratic Focus
No matter what kind of task you are trying to complete, there is often another thing competing for your focus. Focusing can be extremely difficult depending on the extraneous elements that may be intruding.
No matter how long your to-do list is, your attention and focus can only be given to one task at a time. Multi-tasking is a more inefficient and difficult way to achieve subpar results.
Focus can refer to choosing the most important task in addition to blocking out distractions while you concentrate on the task at hand.
Tip #2: Prioritize Your Precious Time
Get in the habit of monitoring which tasks you are giving your time, as time could be considered your most precious and finite resource. You may find moving items from your “To Do” list to a “Not To Do” list helpful in streamlining your efforts.
Frequently, “To Do” lists become lengthy and are full of tasks that require major time commitments. Each task you focus on should be evaluated in regards to the amount of time you’ll need to invest. If it is a required task yet is still not a good use of your time, try delegating.
Tip #3: ”Chunk” Your Busy Schedule
“Time blocking, or “chunking”, is a quick and extremely helpful method of dramatically increasing your level of productivity. The tasks that are the highest priority can be broken down into more manageable sections that are much less intimidating to tackle,” recommended Summer Goldman, attorney and co-founder of Goldman Wetzel.
Setting and scheduling goals that are project-based can help to locate a time when otherwise it may feel impossible to start. The act of beginning the project and firmly following the schedule can dramatically help move a complex task forward.
Remember: time blocking works best when you build your work schedule around the times that you can anticipate being the most productive.