4 Secrets to Unlock your Productivity
There's a reason they call it hump day.
That day right in the middle of the week where you can see the end in sight, but you're not quite there yet. You still have a lot of work to do.
It can be hard to get things done with one eye on the weekend. Today I'm going to share some easy steps to make you more productive, so you can actually relax when Friday afternoon rolls around!
Start with a Clean Space
You don't have to have a spotless office or home to be productive, but a clean desktop can make or break your ability to get stuff done.
Crumpled papers, stacks of books, excess coffee mugs, and pens everywhere; all of these things can zap your productivity. Throw out those papers (if you needed them, they probably wouldn't be crumpled), put those books away, set aside your mugs for washing, and put those pens in a drawer or pen cup!
Doesn't that look so much better?
Silence your Phone
This is one that many of us are guilty of. Your phone may be your best friend in your free time, but these little bits of technology are your enemy during work hours.
Turn "Do not Disturb" on during work hours. If you get calls for work on your phone, at least consider turning off excess notifications. Every time your phone goes off, your brain pulls away from whatever you're doing and studies have shown that every distraction costs you 20 minutes of productivity.
Set a Timer
Ever heard of the Pomodoro technique? It was created by Francesco Cirillo in the late 80s as a time management tool to help you be more productive with your time. You pick a task you need to get done, set a timer for 25 minutes, and then work non-stop for 25 minutes, completely focused on this one task. When the timer is up, you stop and take a quick break before you set the timer for another 25 minutes and dive into another block.
I highly recommend giving this a try. 25 minutes is not a lot of time, and it helps your brain break down your work into smaller tasks, which feels a lot less overwhelming.
Focus on One Thing at a Time
Remember how I said that every distraction costs you 20 minutes of productivity?
It used to be a great thing to be able to multitask. Busy moms, servers, and plenty of people rely on it in their daily lives.
But the truth is, our brains are not meant to multitask, and studies have shown that "subjects who multitasked while performing brain-intensive tasks demonstrated IQ drops similar to people who are sleep-deprived or smoke marijuana."
Not only is multitasking linked to IQ drops, but it is also linked to the production of a stress hormone in our body called cortisol. And increased cortisol "leaves us feeling tired when we need energy to concentrate."
Be gentle with your body. Don't ask so much of your brain. By focusing on one thing at a time, you will still be able to get done everything you need to, and probably do a better job!