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How to Increase Your Productivity in 7 Ways

Updated on February 21, 2020
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Nitin is a certified life coach, executive coach, writer, husband, and father. His passion is to help people become their best version.

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Have you ever wished that there were more than 24 hours in one day?

Do you feel at the end of the day that you were not able to accomplish all your tasks?

Well, the thing is that all of us have exactly 24 hours every day.

To increase our productivity, we need to learn how to use these 24 hours effectively.

To help you do so given below are 7 powerful habits that will help you to increase your productivity.

1. Get the right tools

If you want to become more productive every day then you should have the right tools at your disposal.

Before going on a downloading spree just take some time to know what exactly you need.

For example, do you spend a lot of time every week trying to schedule meetings?

Does this prevent you from focusing your attention and the most important tasks?

Then there are tools like calendar which can help you schedule meetings easily.

You need to only share your calendar by email.

Others who want to have a meeting with you can pick up a date and time that is suitable for them.

The meeting is added to everyone’s calendar.

This will save you a lot of time and energy

If you want to know where you are spending most of your time online, then download the app Rescue Time.

It will give you a report on how much time you spend, and on which websites you do so.

If you want to stop getting lost in a forest of websites then use StayFocusd.

This software keeps you focused on exactly those websites that you really need.

Decide what exactly you want before looking for the tools to help you with your productivity.

2. Establish a daily routine

All successful people have a daily routine.

If you are a morning person then, of course, you get up early.

This is a good habit as you get a little more time every day.

If you are a night person then decide what should be your daily routine and follow it until it becomes a habit.

Every night, plan your next day and your tasks.

Classify your tasks into categories like important, urgent, etc.

Establishing a daily routine will help you to do things faster and increase your productivity.

3. Tidy up your workplace

Clutter is a problem that we all face.

It is better to have a tidy workspace because then it becomes easy to focus on our jobs rather than be distracted by all the things on the table.

It would be a good idea to go through all the things you have on your table and throw away things that you no longer need.

If you do this regularly, your workspace would be nice and tidy and it will increase your productivity.

4. Outsource whatever you can

Productive people have a mentality of outsourcing tasks which they can’t handle.

Not every one of us can do everything.

So wisdom tells us to let other people do what they are experts at.

For example, if you are building a house, you can’t do everything alone.

You will need experts like the mason, the electrician, the plumber, contractors, etc

In the same way, it is best to outsource tasks that we are not knowledgeable about.

This would increase our productivity by saving time and energy that we can use for other tasks.

5. Learn new skills

It is a good thing to always develop your skills.

This will help you to get more things done in less time because of your expertise.

That is one reason why people succeed in whatever area they’re working in.

The keep on learning new skills and that is how they increase their productivity.

Think about what skills you require in your work or business, and then go ahead and develop those skills.

6. Have a to-do list every day

In order to be highly productive, prepare a list of tasks to be done every day.

These tasks can be categorized into three parts the first one should be the important tasks.

The second one should be the urgent tasks and the third one should be the ordinary tasks.

The tasks which are important should have first priority.

Tasks that are urgent and important should also be included in the first category.

Tasks that are urgent but not important can be done later on in the day.

Tasks that are ordinary can be done anytime during the day.

Get the important tasks done early in the day when you are fresh and full of energy.

The less important ones can be done later on during the day when energy levels are low.

Things to remember while preparing the to-do list is that it should be lean and mean.

By that I mean, don’t stuff your to-do list with 50 or 60 tasks.

Just include from 5 to 10 tasks daily because practically they are easy to complete.

7. Learn some effective productivity hacks

Productive people have a way of finding hacks that will save them time as well as energy.

Hacks like

  • Preparing meals for the whole week on Sundays
  • Breaking your day into identifiable ovary blocks
  • Dozing off for just a little while
  • Listening to soft music while working
  • Keeping the room temperature comfortable
  • Working in a different environment like a coffee shop or a park
  • Doing things immediately if it’s a small task
  • Learning new techniques like the 80/20 principle of the promodoro technique.

If you put into practice these 7 principles, it will save you lots of time.

It will increase your efficiency, speed, and of course your productivity.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Nitin Khaire


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