“My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do”. — Francine Jay. Everyone assumes that being more productive is simply about getting more done in less time. If you are a productive person, you definitely accomplish more in months than many people do in years, but productivity is more of a way of being. Being productive takes a serious amount of determination and thought. To really double down and get the most out of your time, here are six fast tips for becoming more productive:
1. Plan your day the night before: Take 10 to 15 minutes to plan your day the night before. Adopting this habit yields phenomenal benefits. By giving yourself a head start the night before, you’re allowing your most productive work hours “in the morning” to be leveraged to the fullest by not having to wonder about or choose what you’ll work on first
2. Use your mornings to focus on yourself: Start your day out right by ignoring your emails in the morning and getting in a good breakfast, reading the news, meditating, or working out. It not only help set your day up for success by gaining powerful momentum first thing in the morning, but it also allows you to guarantee that you’re going to get a set number of things done right away.
3. Write a To-do-list: Sometimes the simplest methods are the best. Every day, write down the various tasks you want to accomplish and check them off as I go through them and complete them.
4. Learn to say no: “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say “no” to almost everything.” — Warren Buffet. Give yourself permission to ignore certain tasks. When a new task comes up, decide if it ranks in the top 10% of what’s essential to you. If it doesn’t, don’t do it.
5. Stop multi-tasking: Author and entrepreneur Faisal Hoque has mastered the art of doing one thing at a time. Stop trying to do 10 things at once! Changing tasks more than 10 times a day drops your IQ an average of 10 points. Do focusing on one task at a time makes things more effectively and efficiently.
6. Remove distractions: Distractions will kill productivity. Before you begin your first task, clear your desks, shut down all extraneous browsers on your computer and turn off your phone. Don’t tempt yourself with anything that will catch your eye or ear or pull your thoughts away from what you are doing. Also set limits for mini “time wasting” sessions. It’s OK to need a mental break, but don’t get sucked in.