5 Ways to be More Productive | WinkHere

So, how to be productive and what does that actually mean? Imagine this scenario, you are working tirelessly to compile a ton of records for your lab and you have a deadline that seems impossible, somehow you manage to pull through despite the odds. Some people would have given up even before starting, but you were able to optimize your output while minimizing loss with the right combination of productivity and efficiency.

What does being productive mean?

Being productive simply means being able to efficiently do a lot while eliminating distractions. If you think you are not productive enough, there are several ways to improve your day-to-day productivity and make sure that you are getting the most from your day’s work.

How to be Productive?

And with that said, let’s dive into my top 5 ways to increase your productivity.

1.Create Lists

5 ways to be productive | WinkHere

5 Ways to be Productive | WinkHere

It is so easy to get swamped when faced with a huge task or project. Lists help you stay motivated and goal oriented, as you achieve each goal on the list, be sure to tick them off. One trick to make this habit a part of you is by creating a list of things you want to achieve that day, this list should be created the moment you wake up in the morning.

2.Avoid Distractions

5 Ways to be Productive | WinkHere

5 Ways to be Productive | WinkHere

Distractions pose a serious threat to productivity. It takes away your focus from the task even before you begin. The only way to deal with this is to stay focused and tell yourself you need to focus on the task at hand and will not allow anything disturb you. You cannot achieve this discipline overnight, there will be temptations to distract you, just make it a habit not to shift focus even for a minute.

3.Thoughts Collection

5 Ways to be Productive | WinkHere

5 Ways to be Productive | WinkHere

Collect your thoughts the moment they come, most times the best ideas come when you least expect, make it habit to record these ideas on a journal you can carry everywhere — including the bathroom! So many wonderful ideas got birthed in the bathroom and some of those ideas never left the bathroom because, the ideas were forgotten immediately after the shower. Collecting those thoughts/ideas will allow you ponder on them later. (I know that sounds weird, but it is true!)

4.Do Not Procrastinate

Procrastination kills productivity. Here’s how you can stop procrastination

  • Tell yourself that there is more work to be done than can be done.
  • Create a to-do list for only the tasks you are avoiding and give yourself a deadline.
  • Break the task down to lesser tasks so it doesn’t overwhelm you.
  • Rule out temptations to do tasks other than that which you have listed to do.
  • Give yourself a treat for accomplishing a task.
  • Focus on how happy you will be if you succeed.
  • It is not bad to ask for help on the task completion.
  • Do you know avoiding embarrassments motivates people to work? So make people know what you are about to do – If you cannot deal with the pressure from them, you will probably avoid the embarrassment and do the task.

5.Avoid Discouragements

The most common thing that everyone of us does when faced with discouragement is – Starting to compare with others. Do you really think that would help you? It just deepens the roots of your discouragement! So, do not go hard on yourself for making a mistake or for failing, rather learn from the mistakes. Never let your ego get in the way of your personal as well as your professional development! Have a go at it and persevere until you get it.

 

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16 Responses

  1. While I do get a lot of work done I do find that I am very easily distracted which means that tasks can often take longer than usual. I think this is because I am so overwhelmed by my large workload and I don’t know how I can combat that. I agree that making lists can definitely help sometimes though!

  2. Laura Dove says:

    I am the queen of procrastination! I really need to stop that! I do make lists though, I have them everywhere!

  3. Cristina says:

    I get distracted very easily but live by my to do lists and the pomodoro method. It keeps me focused for short bursts!

  4. Mike says:

    Avoiding distractions is by far the hardest one to do these days with so much media and our phones buzzing with notifications. I find it is best to use my phone’s timer to set specific time frames for activities on my busy days so I don’t find myself getting sucked in for too long.

  5. Mark says:

    Nice share. I completely agree with thoughts collection. I read it once in a book about a particular habit Albert Einstein had for when he needed new ideas. The habit helped relaxed his thoughts

  6. I have quite a lot of to do lists and find they always help me keep on track of what I need to be doing x

  7. London Mumma says:

    I love blog posts like this, gives you the encouragement that you need to go on.

  8. Nina says:

    I feel like as a blogger, I’m always trying to work as efficiently as I can. It seems like I can never do it all. These are awesome tips. I should leave a journal in the bathroom.

  9. Flyingkids says:

    Productivity is almost everybody’s struggle. This is a great read with lots of practical ideas to get things done.

  10. kartika nair says:

    I really get distracted easily . I have drag myself every day to hustle hard . These tips are surely going to help me . Thanks mate!

  11. Being more productive is always one of my goals but it’s so difficult to reach, especially because of all the distractions. I’ll try your tips, especially the thoughts collection, and hopefully I’ll reach my goal!

  12. I think my biggest productivity sucker is getting distracted I work from home, so it is hard to get a lot of uninterrupted time.

  13. oyibo says:

    This is really educative, sometimes making a list isn’t the problem but abiding by the list is. before i started following my list, i have to do away with negative reaction from friends because those are one of the things that has turned me away from my list..

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