Do you often find yourself thinking about how you wasted a day? Wondering for hours about how you should have completed certain vital tasks instead of focusing on the wrong things, without realizing that even then you were focusing on those things. Don’t worry! We’ve got your back. Here are four ways that are proven to help increase your productivity.
- Stay away from your phone:
Being a part of the generation of the 21st century, which has easy access to the internet and social media, we tend to spend a significant amount of our time on our phones. In fact, in a recent study conducted by a global digital platform on internet usage, it was found that Pinoys(People of Filipino descent) spend approximately 10.2 hours a day online. And considering the average lifetime, you are on your way to spending 30 years of your life online!
This time could instead be spent on something a lot more productive. And while it is acceptable to relax and go through your Instagram feed for a few minutes during the day, make sure you don’t let it affect your priorities and goals.
- Keep your deadlines short:
It is a proven fact that for most people, the amount of time taken to complete a task is dependent on the amount of time devoted to that task. Think about it, how many times have you waited till the last minute to complete some project or to study for an exam? Giving yourself more extended deadlines conditions your brain to believe that the task no matter how simple it is can be completed later. Learn to set realistic deadlines that cannot be changed, so that you are not tempted to put a task off for another day.
- Make time for people/things you love:
This is an equivalent of saying “Take a break”. A lot of times, the list of things that you need to do may not be enjoyable for you. And it can get frustrating hence reducing your productivity for further activities. Amidst all this, you should learn to spend time on things that really make you happy. It has a rejuvenating effect on your mind and helps you come back with better focus.
There are many short and long term effects of sleep deprivation like memory degradation, reduced vision, heart disease, obesity, etc. And obviously, a productive worker should be able to think clearly and remember things. Even following the practice of depriving yourself of sleep on weekdays and then sleeping for long hours on weekends throws off your body’s internal clock, leading to permanent damage. It is, therefore, advisable to get the recommended six to eight hours of sleep each day to stay refreshed and productive.
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Thanks for sharing very practical tips on increasing productivity. Very enlightening post.