Stop Procrastinating & Start Doing: 5 Tips To Be More Productive
Did you know that if you are logged on to the Internet you can waste up to half of your time procrastinating?
This can cost yourself or your company valuable time and money.
Change agent and marketing visionary Trevor McClintock shares his top tips for minimising those pesky distractions and getting down to business sooner rather than later.
Set realistic goals – not unattainable goals
To ensure maximum productivity you must ensure you set clear aims out of what you wish to achieve.
Each day write yourself a realistic plan of what you will set out to achieve and by the end of the day review where you are up to and measure your progress compared to the rest of the week.
By the end of the day where do you want to be?
Are your goals attainable?
Always have a clear goal in mind when you begin a task.
If the task is not helping you achieve your daily goals is it worthwhile or just a task that could potentially take up a lot of time without any tangible gain?
Think deeper and ask yourself why are you doing what you are doing?
Do one thing at a time
In the world of technology, it is more difficult than ever to get on with one thing at a time when there are constant distractions to contend with.
We are all victims of information overload and it’s important to minimise this and regain focus on what is important.
Depending on what you are trying to achieve, you want to distance yourself from technology to focus single-mindedly on the task in hand.
One practice that can help with this is to avoid connecting to anything before you begin.
Achieve focus by just getting on with the task in hand.
Clear your desk of distractions, close all unrelated windows on your computer, or shut off the Internet all together.
Multi-tasking can also make you less efficient even though it feels like you are really busy.
Know what actually matters
It’s easy to busy yourself with unimportant tasks.
Ensure you prioritise what actually matters.
Ensure you make time for the important things in life to keep the balance
People are essential for being engaged and motivated.
Ensure you have adequate social interaction in your day to stay inspired and connected. Eat well and exercise regularly.
Take care of yourself and productivity will follow on from this.
It sounds like common sense but sometimes people do not take care of the basics.
Time to daydream is essential for creativity.
Sometimes people fail to make space for this.
As productivity expert Chris Bailey once said, “Some of our best ideas happen when we give ourselves mental space to make connections”.
All time is finite.
It’s what you do with the time that you have that determines how things turn out.
If you have less time but more focus and energy, then you will still achieve more than if you had more time but lacked focus and energy.
How much do we accomplish by the end of the day?
When we achieve what we set out to, we have been perfectly productive.
Sort out what is important compared to what isn’t.
Eliminate your distractions and have an attributable intention behind everything you do.
Make sure you make the most of your time and plan according to your goals.
When you haven’t achieved your goal for some reason, ensure you question why it hasn’t happened in order to achieve the desired structure for the next day.
Do you need help achieving your productivity goals?
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