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So, it’s 2017, and you know that this has to be your year for change. This is the best time to make changes and be motivated! This post will address the question of “How can I become more productive?” At one point in time or another, we have all procrastinated at work or school and it seems as if nothing is getting done. Well, this year, that has to change. Making the most of your time is critical (critical, not impossible!). There are a million different productivity tips out there, but here a five quick and easy ways to increase your productivity levels that have been proven to work wonders.
1. The early bird gets the worm
Getting your day started early will do wonders for productivity. It will allow you to have more time, and not just any time but quality time. Leaving for work early can help you beat the morning traffic, get to your important tasks right away and stand out to your upper management. An early start means a quiet office with fewer distractions from the bustle of a busy workday.
2. Practice makes perfect
This one is my personal favorite. If you spend just 15 minutes before you go to bed the night before creating your to-do list and prioritizing it, you will have a head start on your day when the morning rolls around. This will not only help you prioritize but it can also help you get a better sleep. By writing down the things that you have to get done the next day, there is less stress on your mind because it is neatly written down and out of your mind to keep you up at night. As you finish tasks throughout the day, make sure you check items off your list. This will not only help you feel accomplished but will also keep you on track to meet all of your long and short term goals and deadlines.
3. Break it up
Contrary to popular belief, taking a break is crucial for high productivity levels. Here is an explanation of why science says breaks are good for productivity. Even though you might think this is counterproductive to your current situation, it isn’t. A five minute break can clear your head and get you re-energized for the rest of the day ahead of you. Plus, sittng all day is terrible for your health according to Marc Hamilton, a professor of biomedical sciences at the University of Missouri, sitting down all day in the same position can drop LPL levels and increase the level of fat in one’s body. So, take a break! Even if it’s leaving your desk for work, do it! Something so small that can have such a powerful effect on how you work for the remainder of your day.
4. Peace and Quiet
It’s 2017...this year just like the last will be full of distractions. In this day and age, there are distractions everywhere. According to a study by LearnStuff.com, in the U.S. alone, over 12.2 billion collective hours are spent browsing social media on a daily basis. If you do your work from a computer, as most people nowadays in an office do, there are temptations to check social media, surf the Internet, check your email, go online shopping and even take selfies among many other things. When you are working or studying, know that social networking is not your biggest priority. Moreover, if coworkers are the source of distractions, consider isolating yourself, putting up signs or even directly asking to be left distraction free. Set boundaries and try your best to abide by them daily.
5. Ready, set, GOAL!
The key to being productive is knowing what you are working towards at all times. As a paper person, I like to keep notebooks on me that keep track of my goals (it’s also really cathartic to check off completed tasks). If you aren’t one to carry around notebooks, that is no excuse. Nowadays, everyone has a phone or computer they can log their goals onto, basically, it’s important to keep all of your goals and priorities in a place that you can check up on throughout the day. When you see your goals organized and all in one place, you will be more motivated to get them done.
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