Feb 06, 2018
2018 is well on the way which means it is time to crank up your productivity to achieve a fruitful and satisfying year of achieving your goals.
Establish and Recheck Goals
We are all familiar with the age old ritual of setting new year’s resolutions but it is also important to recheck existing ones to give yourself a clear indication of your progress. Set goals that are SMART - smart, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. Be as detailed as possible when setting goals. This will help you determine whether or not you are actually making any concrete steps towards it.
Redesign Your Work Environment
If you are always getting distracted by your favourite sitcom or by a text message on your phone, it's time for a change to your work environment. Redesign your work space to minimise as much background noise, excess lighting, and irrelevant content as possible. Close the windows, control the light, and take other distractions out of the room. Leave your cell phone away from your work desk so that it doesn’t side-track you from your tasks.
Surround Yourself With Inspiration
You can draw inspiration from books, educational films, documentaries, or people. Friends and co-workers who enjoy the same interests and passions as you do can help encourage you to be more productive in a shorter time span. Surrounding yourself with like-minded co-workers also helps you absorb more information and think of more ideas as you collaborate with them.
Sleep and Eat Well
Your health is, without a doubt, the most important asset you should invest in. Not getting enough rest and not getting adequate nutrition from your diet can lead to illness, which can disrupt your normal productivity. Getting necessary sleep and eating a well-balanced diet is essential. Take natural supplements if you lack particular vitamins and exercise regularly to keep your mind and body in peak condition.
Automate and Delegate Tasks
Take advantage of modern technology to improve your productivity. From calendars apps to payment systems taking care of your utility bills and loans, automating tasks can reduce mental and physical workload. It also frees up your time to focus on more critical tasks, like work, study, and family. If technology can’t help you, delegate to somebody who can do it for you. Use freelance websites like Fiverr or Upwork to hire a personal assistant who can help you with time-consuming tasks like data-entry or content writing.
Remember that boosting your productivity doesn't mean spending more time at work. It just means being smarter with how you spend your active hours. Put these tips into practice and you will reap the benefits of your efforts!