Do you ever have those days when you just can’t seem to stay on track and get anything done? Do you find yourself getting easily distracted, or have trouble motivating yourself to keep going? Then this blog post is for you! Keep reading to learn ten productivity hacks that will keep you motivated and help you accomplish your goals!
1. Turn off your cell phone notifications
In today’s world, it’s easy to get dozens of notifications within just an hour. Our phones beep constantly for texts, calls, Twitter updates, LinkedIn requests, even news regarding our favorite sports team! In order to be productive, it’s important to limit the notifications we receive while working. Put your phone on silent and check for notifications once an hour or so, but don’t let yourself keep getting interrupted every two minutes.
2. Start with the tasks you’re dreading the most
If you leave the work you hate the most until last thing, you’ll spend all day dreading it. Instead, get it out of the way first thing! You’ll feel so productive and will be able to spend the rest of the day focusing on the tasks you enjoy doing. It’s a win/win!
3. Take advantage of your lost hours
There are so many small chunks of time in the day that you could be using productively. Do you drive to work? Download the latest industry podcasts and listen to them as you go. Spend 30 minutes in line waiting to pick up your kids from carpool? Catch up on your email or read the latest industry news. Take advantage of small windows of time to catch up on the little things; it makes a big difference!
4. Don’t check your email first thing in the morning
It’s easy to come into work in the morning with a list of tasks to accomplish, only to get sidetracked by your email. By the time the afternoon rolls around, you still may not have gotten to your list of tasks. Instead, get started as soon as you arrive! Those emails can wait an hour or two. You’ll feel so productive and will get the important things accomplished without getting distracted.
5. Get out of the office
Don’t be afraid to take a break! Walk around outside on your lunch break if you work in an office, or take your dog for a walk if you work from home. Fresh air will actually make you more productive. If you feel yourself getting stressed about a project or issue, step away, refresh, and then start again. A new perspective might be just what you need to get the job done!
6. Do some planning on Sunday nights
Enjoy your weekend, but don’t be afraid to spend an hour on Sunday night getting your schedule together for the week. If you come in on Monday morning with a plan, you’ll save the time that you would have spent getting things in order. Cheers to starting the week off on a productive note!
7. Create a personal email
Don’t get distracted by emails from your favorite stores, vacation offers, newsletters, and other promotions. Create a separate email that you use to sign up for anything non-work related. Check this email as a break or in the evenings so that you can keep on top of things, but don’t let it interfere with your productivity by distracting you during the day.
8. Get some exercise
Research proves that exercise makes you more productive. If you have a busy day, consider getting up early and exercising before you get started, or working out at the end of the day. If your schedule is more flexible, take an exercise break mid-morning or go on a walk during your lunch break. Every little bit helps and getting exercise will help you feel better and more productive throughout the entire day,
9. Clean off your desk
A messy desk can hurt anyone’s productivity. Spend a few minutes straightening up your desk, organizing and filing papers, and getting everything in order. It will make you less cluttered and help you stay organized, but it will also save time when you’re looking for something you need! Hello, productivity!
10. Set realistic goals
Set clear, but achievable goals for yourself. Write them down and check them off when you achieve them. Share them with friends or coworkers to keep you accountable and celebrate with them when you hit a milestone! By setting achievable goals that you can actually reach, you keep yourself feeling productive and don’t get bogged down. Celebrating even the little things will keep you motivated and on the right track!
At the end of the day, looking back on what you’ve accomplished can really help or harm your confidence and overall satisfaction. The more productive you are , the prouder you’ll be when you clock out. Being more productive can boost your overall happiness in the long run, as it’ll reduce stress and allow you to celebrate every small achievement.