Published on March 19th, 2019
Doing everything from the to-do list every day, on time and having the rest of the day for yourself is a dream come true for many people. Productivity hacks promise that often enough – these are those amazing recommendations you find online that promise an amazing future for you.
However, most people try them out only to find that they haven’t improved the productivity. This happens because productivity hacks aren’t fit for all kinds of people.
But how do you become more productive? How do you beat the laziness?
Well, there are plenty of options here – you can do many things to improve your productivity. Here are some of your options.
1. Find Your Best Hours
The famous tip says that you should do the hardest or most important thing in the day early in the morning. This makes the hard task go away and you can spend the rest of the day doing tasks that are not as hard or that are more fun.
This is a simple concept that still works for most people – but there are people who like doing work in the early mornings and there are people that have different golden hours.
Your best working hours can be at any time of the day, and you should follow your natural rhythms to make sure that you are doing the most difficult and demanding tasks during that time.
2. If You Want Better Focus, Make A Done List
By writing down all of the things that you have completed properly, you can see how the time goes by and how effective you get. This is a great thing because you have tangible data on your productivity and you are motivated to keep working when you can actually see things completed.
“This is a counterpart to the Don’t do list technique which lists all of the things that sabotage you and your productivity so that you can remove them from your environment,” says Mike Benson, a Project Manager at Eliteassignmenthelp and Uktopwriters.
3. Start Easy And Work Up
This is a replacement strategy for the Eisenhower Matrix which classifies tasks based on their importance and urgency. So, you are supposed to work on the most urgent first things first and then on the most important tasks next. This works for some people but if you struggle with this, it can actually ruin your productivity.
So, you need to keep a list of tiny tasks that you can do in short time and then go through them first. This will get you productive and in the mood. You can then work on more serious work.
4. Batch Tasks
“Doing small tasks all the time is taking away all of the time that you could have spent working on something more important. Instead of doing them as needed, batch these tasks so that you do then all at once. Batch similar tasks as well”, says Ellen Pedio, an HR Manager at Oxessays and Stateofwriting.
5. Have Breaks Between Tasks
Pomodoro technique works for some, but you might enjoy a different kind of productivity hack more. For example, with the Pomodoro technique you only get to work for 25 minutes before taking a break.
You might need more time before you can finish the task and before you are ready for a break. So, take all of the time that you need to finish a task and then take a break. You will feel amazing and the break will be more rewarding and meaningful if you have actually worked hard enough and long enough to take a break.
6. Meet Deadlines By Adding Tasks
Schedule everything technique says that you should assign all of the tasks with a date and time in your calendar. However, this method with a cramped calendar can be stressful for most people. So, fill your calendar only once a week.
Keep a master list of all of the tasks that you have and break them up into smaller tasks which you will then add to your calendar. This will let you meet your deadlines and still not get too stressed.
Find the techniques that work best for you and stick to them. Make sure that you are doing your best and listen to your own process and needs as you ho.
Nora Mork is a lifestyle journalist at Academized and Paper Fellows. She shares her stories and professional knowledge by speaking at public events, and writing articles for online magazines and blogs, such as Australian help and Big Assignments.