April 28, 2015 Youth Impact

8 things to increase your productivity

Here are 8 simple ways to increase your productivity in study life to workplace scenarios.

Take a break

One cannot work at full productivity at all times. Concentrating on a single matter for long literally oppresses the brain. Instead, take breaks from time to time to give your head a moment to ease off. Physical and mental health deteriorates if a person sits for hours or stares at a screen for a long time. Take a walk, cool your mind, and get back to work. Repeat for optimum productivity.

Do away with all distractions

Clear your workspace of all unnecessary stuff before you commit to your work. A wee peek can make your mind wander off road and leave you completely blank. Stick to your task for an allocated time period and refrain from everything else that makes you lose concentration.

Plan

Think of a course of action before you begin to execute. A step wise procedure is always productive (and you get time for a break!). Organise the task to remain on track. Usually when someone goes full on without a proper strategy, they end up getting exhausted. Another plus point of planning is that if anything goes wrong, you always know what you have to do right and where you left off.

Self-check

Make a habit to check yourself from time to time and evaluate your workings. Make a system of accountability for yourself and accept responsibility for what you do. Be your own mentor. Reward yourself when you meet a goal. Penalise yourself if you see yourself stepping away.

Don’t multitask

Contrary to popular belief, the human brain is not designed to multitask. Research has proven multiple times, the hazards of ‘chronic multitasking’. Moreover, research has shown that frequent multitaskers use their brains less effectively even when activities don’t require. It is better to focus on one thing at a time and get more out of it rather than trying to do multiple tasks at one time and spoiling your health.

Exercise

Exercise doesn’t mean working out at the gym or buffing up. A short warm up session or a jog in the park is sufficient to keep your mind and body healthy. When you exercise, the blood flow to the brain increases which helps you stay alert and gives you more energy which in turn can help you get your job done faster.

Prioritise

By listing your tasks in order of importance, you can make sure that you finish all of your most important tasks during the most productive hours. In addition the tasks that require your most attention can be finished when you are fully committed.

Sleep

Not only sleep, but sleep plenty. If you are half-awake while working, then the odds are that your quality of work will suffer. Make a routine and stick. Everything else will fall in place if you stick to it.It takes 4 weeks of consistency to develop a good habit – start today.

 

 Written by: Arsal Rana

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