Struggling with productivity? In this blog I am going to explore my top 5 tips that may help you become a productivity ninja!
1. Compile your 'to do list' before you sleep
Not only will this help you fall asleep faster, it gives your brain time to digest and process each task, ready for the day ahead. Your subconscious will work on the best ways of getting the task done, and any extra ideas, thoughts and inspirations can manifest as you sleep.
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2. If it takes two minutes, do it now. Longer? Write it down!
Getting Things Done by David Allen is a fantastic book about the art of stress-free productivity!
David strongly believes in writing EVERYTHING down!
- Not forgetting anything
- Ability to map out individual tasks to achieve bigger goals
- To free up space for creative thinking
But... if it only takes two minutes to complete a task... do it now! It would probably take you two minutes to write it down. Also feel free to write it down later on and cross it off. You can't deny yourself the joy that comes with crossing off that lengthy to do list!
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Have a quick look at this short YouTube video of David Allen talking about some of his thoughts on productivity!
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3. Do the task you are dreading first
We all have those tasks that we REALLY don't want to do, I hear you! But Brian Tracy, in his book 'Eat That Frog' says to take these steps:
- Get clear on your goals
- Write them down with a deadline attached
- Break down the goals into smaller tasks
- Prioritise the tasks, because the top ones are your frogs to eat!
Try and do at least one thing on this list everyday to get closer to your goals! Preferably in the morning, so no matter how many things disturb you that day, you still are one step closer to those goals!
When I heard of this productivity system it was an absolute gamechanger for me!
Batching is basically doing the same type of task on the same day. For example, if you have a blog to write, a podcast to record and a YouTube video to create, its better to spend a full day writing a few blogs to be scheduled, record two or three podcasts while you have the recording equipment set up, and the same goes for the YouTube videos whilst your head is in editing mode.
John Media, the author of Brain Rules said that by switching between tasks can take up to 50% longer to actually complete it and studies show that it takes at least 15 - 23 minutes on average to refocus your attention on a new task.
5. Take a day off
I know, I am a workaholic too! Taking time away from work makes me feel so strange and uncomfortable, but when I return I am on FIRE!! Listen to yourself and what your body is telling you. Sometimes when you are 'just not feeling it', that's ok! Step away from the task and do something that brings you joy. Come back to it again when your motivation has resurfaced and don't beat yourself up! Saying that, if the task is urgent and you need to get it done, you are probably best just eating the frog and getting it done. Then reward yourself for a job well done!
I really hope these helped you in your quest to become a productivity ninja!! If you have your own ways to increase productivity I would love to hear about them in the comments below.
Thank you for reading, until next time lovelies!
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