Everyone has days sometimes when things get a little on top of themselves at home, work or school and they end up feeling like their time wasn’t necessarily well spent. Fortunately, there are some easy tips you can adopt to help you to increase your personal productivity.
Write things down
Creating short lists of things that you need to do can help you to feel much more on top of things. Whether the list comprises of chores you need to complete, phone calls you need to make, assignments, projects or remembering to book an appointment, writing a list can really help you to feel more in control.
A long list of things to do can also be incredibly overwhelming. When writing a daily to-do list, try limiting the number of items to the most important ones rather than having loads of less urgent tasks. Long lists can help sometimes, however, they should be used in moderation as they can leave you unfocused or confused about what to do next.
It is important that you are always realistic about your goals and you ensure that they are achievable. Setting goals for yourself that are un-achievable can seriously hit your drive and personal productivity in the long term, so it is important that you are honest with yourself about what you are able to achieve.
Setting a personal goal that is both achievable and ambitious will help you to feel more productive and feel better about yourself. Even if the deadline is weeks away, working towards something big whilst ticking off smaller tasks can help give you the boost you may need.
Regardless of what you may believe, jumping between multiple tasks that you have on the go at the same time isn’t actually a very productive way to work. Not only can this make you tire faster, but a study by researchers at the Ecole Normale Superieure has also found that the brain can only actually handle two major tasks at a time, meaning that our capacity to effectively multitask is actually quite limited. For this reason, it will be much more effective for your personal productivity if you try to focus on one job, or at very most two at a time to complete the tasks effectively.
If you have a lot of tasks that you need to complete, try to eliminate any distractions. Whether it is social media, TV or anything else, removing these distractions is key to helping you keep yourself in a productive frame of mind. If you feel yourself becoming distracted, try taking a deep breath, removing the cause of the distraction, and carrying on.
Ask for help
Asking for help when you need it is not a sign of weakness. Whether your chores are getting on top of you or you’re struggling to keep up with assignments, not asking for help can actually be much more detrimental to your personal productivity. Friends, colleagues and family are all more than willing to help you out; you only need to ask.