5 Ways to Be More Productive

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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.

3.Tackle Challenging Tasks First

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.

What are some other things that you do to increase productivity?

  • I especially love the nap tip!

  • Amanda

    Take naps? DONE AND DONE!!!!!

  • These are great tips! I need to work on not multi-tasking. And I could definitely use more naps! 🙂

    • We all need more naps in our lives. 🙂 And I’m still working on the multi-tasking one too.

  • Napping!! I’m totally on board 🙂

  • These are great tips!

    When I need to be more productive, I have to turn off social media and out on a good playlist. I schedule my breaks, too, because knowing I’ll be able to stop gets me fired up to work hard.

    • Yes! I definitely have to turn off the social media when I want or need to be more productive. Otherwise I’m too easily distracted. 🙂

  • kathy@vodka and soda

    hell yes to 80/20. it’s part of the reason why i get into the office so early – so that dumb mofos don’t distract me and bug me when i’m trying to get shizz done. i completed a spreadsheet that had over 345 lines in a matter of 2hrs when it took me over a week during regular work hours because people kept on demanding shizz from me!
    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

    • That’s a HUGE difference! Don’t they know you have better things to do? I mean, ain’t nobody got time for that.

  • YAY for naps!

  • fabulous tips – love the 80/20 rule. i love a good nap, but cannot power nap for the life of me. i can only nap when i can sleep for like 2-3 hours, otherwise i wake up crabbier than i went to sleep lol

    • Oh, yes! I used to be able to power nap with no problem. These days, however, I’m finding that my naps are more like comas. I love sleep. LOL. 🙂

  • Great tips. especially #1 and #3.

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  • I love these tips..I could do a few of them.

  • Taking a nap always works for me, like always! 😀
    And I think I’m gonna agree with you on the 3rd. Tackling the challenging tasks first works for me too! but not all the time, I don’t know why.

    • I think it depends on what that challenging task actually is. 🙂 I’m glad that you’ve already discovered what seems to work for you!

  • Michael

    I’ve found that scheduling breaks absolutely helps. It gives me “slacker” time without making me feel like I’m procrastinating. Multi-tasking is definitely a two-edged sword. It can be beneficial depending on what you’re doing. Ex. I brush my teeth in the shower. However some tasks just get half-assed because of it.

    • I also brush my teeth in the shower! Haha. I think for small things multitasking is great. However, the larger projects tend to benefit from having your full attention. 🙂

  • I feel like I was meant to read this post today. I have taken on more tasks at work and have been complaining about how my time management went out the window. I didn’t lose the skill, of course, I just lost my focus. I needed to read this to reground myself.

    • I’m so glad that this post could help! I hope that you’re able to use some of these tips to re-focus at work. And good luck with all those tasks!