Many of us strive to be more productive, but what does productivity really look like? Does it mean accomplishing everything on your to do list? Does it mean responding to all your e-mails? The definition of productivity is a measure of the efficiency of production. That can actually be different for each person.
Here are three ways to help you become more productive. Some of them may surprise you.
- Taking care of yourself– This may be the most important thing for productivity. If you are not eating right, getting enough sleep, and taking good care of yourself you are not going to produce much. Who can be productive when they are feeling tired and sluggish all day? Make sure you are getting enough sleep, exercise, and that you are eating healthy meals.
- Don’t Multitask– Sometimes we think we can get more done if we do a lot of things at the same time. The opposite can be true though. A study from the University of Michigan has shown multitasking causes significant amounts of stress hormones that have an effect on our health and memory. Sometimes there is no way to get around multitasking, but taken to extremes you are actually less productive. When we do several things at once we end up doing nothing well.
- Don’t get distracted– Things like e-mail and Facebook are great distracters. When you are working on your computer resist the urge to check things like Facebook and e-mail. Set up a time of day where you will check these things. Twice a day is usually sufficient. Try checking it in the morning after your morning routine and once in late afternoon. Get your tasks out of your inbox and on your to do list.
I hope these tips were helpful. What do you do to stay productive?