Productivity Hacks

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In this article we’ll look at some essential productivity hacks to change your habits in the workplace, and towards your colleagues and therefore the team taken as a collective.

Therefore, you are required to make an effort.
It would be best to look at productivity hacks like a tool to ensure that your mind interacts with what is around you, resulting in improved productivity for you and your team.

A key to improved productivity

As stated by the Cleveland Clinic research centre, multitasking is the enemy of productivity

“When we think we’re multitasking, most often we aren’t really doing two things at once, but instead, we’re doing individual actions in rapid succession, or task-switching,”

Cynthia Kubu PhD

Our brain switches between tasks continuously making us less productive, so here come productivity hacks.

#1: Know Thyself

No, you do not need to reflect and analyze yourself.

Just try to figure out if you are a morning person or night person, or even an evening person.

Once you figure out your peak productivity hours, you will plan your day accordingly and get the most done in these hours.

#2: Have an “Ideapad”

You are having lunch, your mind wanders, and suddenly the light bulb in your head goes off.

It would be best if you wrote down these light bulb moments, aka ideas, whenever possible.

This way, you won’t be struggling to remember that one idea that always eludes you.

#3: Get into the flow

Forget reality. Zoom in on your work.

The flow is a state of mind where there is only you and your work. Nothing exists out of it. You can read more about the flow state here.

In other words, the more you get into the groove, the easier it is to be productive.

#4: Go offline

Social media is the biggest threat to productivity in today’s world.

So, turn your notifications off or log out of your social media accounts. Do not check your social media until you have finished your tasks for the day, no matter how tempting.

Not wasting time on social media alone can make you 30% more productive.

#5: Checklists, lists

Lists are your productivity guardians or the productivity police.

Making lists may be old-school, but lists are incredibly effective at holding you accountable. Lists tell you how productive or unproductive you were that day.

Lists also prevent you from wasting time on deciding what to do and help you remain organized.

So, start listing.

#6: Make batches

This is a guaranteed way to stay on track.

Batches are nothing but a grouping of similar tasks so that you can finish them off together. By practicing batching, you won’t feel like you are doing the same task over and over.

For example, you can batch writing reply mails, submit feedback, and answer Facebook messages together and get them done simultaneously.

#7: Use the 2-minute rule.

Small tasks come first.

If you can finish a task in under 2 minutes, do it and get it over with. There is no point in scheduling something that quick.

You can read more about the 2-minute rule here.

#8: Set up a productivity corner

I know this one sounds very elementary, quite literally, but try it.

Have a little productivity niche for yourself. Fill it with things that help you focus and keep you comfortable, but don’t use it for anything except work. This will be your productivity corner, where you can brainstorm, work endlessly, and be in the zone.

Don’t forget to keep it tidy!

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