This week I talk about 4 steps to increase your productivity at Work & Home. Learn how by just doing one of these steps for 1 week can help you to be more productive at home and work.
How many times have you sat down at your desk or looked at your chore list ready to get started on a productive day only for plans to go awry and by the end of the day you haven’t accomplished much on your list of to-do’s?
You are not alone! We all have done that at one time or another. You may even feel like that everyday. But what can you do about it? What steps can you take to be more productive on the home and work front?
Well keep reading. These 4 tips will have your productivity up in no time and that to-do list showing results.
- Get Organized
It can’t be stressed enough that being un-organized is the number one killer of productivity. Whether it be a cluttered home or messy desk at the office, if you are constantly having to hunt down what you need before you can get started on a task you can kiss mastering your to-do list goodbye. So try this instead:
- Take some time to organize your home and your workspace. You’ll find that when you have what you need before you start the task and can put your hands on it within 5 seconds, the more productive you’re going to be.
- Clear the clutter in those hidden areas of your home or un-necessary file boxes in the corner of your office.Toss or donate the things you don’t need and find a place for everything that you plan to keep. All it takes is 15 minutes a day to keep clutter at bay.
- Identify Time Wasters
Did you know that some of our regular activities are actually time wasters? For instance, do you ever catch yourself saying that you’re going to play just one more game of Bingo, or catch just one more show on TV? While doing these things isn’t necessarily bad, it can become a problem if you allow yourself to procrastinate on the tasks that you know need to be done. As the saying goes, “all things in moderation.” So try this instead:
- Identify your time wasters and write them down.
- If you notice that one game of Bingo easily turns into three or four, uninstall the game from your computer/tablet/phone for a while. I know, I know that may be hard but tough love is necessary here. Go on a TV or Game fast. You might be surprised by how much time you gain. Awareness is the name of the game!
- Be Aware of Deadlines
You may get your projects done on time, but if you’re like me and leave things to the last minute, stressing out and losing sleep because of these deadlines, you may need to analyze how you use your time.
- If you have a deadline, make sure that it is clearly marked and noted in your calendar or planner and do your best to beat it by a week. Taking care of things long before they’re due will free up a lot more time than you think, and will relieve a lot of stress. I should know. I’m one who works “best under pressure”, but my health says otherwise so now I do my best to finish before it is due.
- Have deadlines for family projects as well. Note when bills are due and home maintenance needs to be done on your calendar or planner.
- Take Breaks
It sounds counter-intuitive, but taking more breaks can make you more productive. It’s all about maximizing your time and if you’re working yourself to the bone, taking a break will refresh your mind. Try this instead:
- If you’ve been staring at the computer screen for a while without getting any real work done, it’s time to get up, and take a walk around the block or office parking lot or get a drink of water. This can make a huge difference when you’re stuck and your energy is running low.
- Housework is not the funnest thing on the planet, but you can make the best of it by splitting up your chore list on different days instead of doing them ALL the same day. Put on some music and get the family to pitch in. Each person can have a different day.
It doesn’t take a huge step to start making changes to be more productive, but it does require a step. So take the first step and implement one of these suggestions for a week and see how much your productivity soars.