It’s no secret that I enjoy lounging around in my pajamas all day, snuggling with my fur babies and watching Netflix. Unfortunately, I still haven’t managed to find a way to get paid for my awesome snuggling skills and Netflix marathoning, so being productive is a vital part of my life. It enables me to get shit done and still enjoy quality time with
my television fur babies.
Here are my top 5 ways to be more productive:
1. Implement the 80/20 Rule
The 80/20 rule or Pareto Principle basically says that 80% of our results comes from 20% of our input or effort. So focus on the tasks that will give you the greater outcome. Not only will you get better results, but you will cut out all the trivial tasks and input less effort. Total win!
2. Stop Multi-tasking
I’m a total multi-tasker, so this one was a tough one for me. Multi-tasking may seem like a great idea for all the little things, but when it comes to larger projects or tasks it can actually hinder your productivity and the quality of your work. Instead of spreading your attention across 10 different tasks, focus on one at a time. You will work more efficiently and effectively.
If you’re like me, you may not feel alert first thing in the morning, but it’s much worse when that 2 o’clock feeling rolls around. Use your mornings to tackle the larger more challenging tasks on your to-do list. Then when your energy levels begin to dip around 2 o’clock you can focus on the busy work that doesn’t need as much brain power.
4. Schedule Breaks
Breaks are a great way to refresh your mind and ease your stress. Allow yourself 10 minutes every hour or so to stretch, take a walk or grab a snack. Your mind and body will be much happier with these scheduled breaks in your work day making you that much more productive.
5. Take a Nap
Power naps have actually been shown to increase alertness, stamina, muscle memory and long term memory. See, there’s an upside to all my napping! So instead of fighting off that 2 o’clock feeling, give in to it and catch some Z’s.