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I would like to believe that there are times when you have felt like you did a really good job and you felt proud of yourself. It is that sense of satisfaction from being productive at the work that you do. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel that way more often than not?
In the previous post we looked at the 5 killers of productivity that limit the fulfillment of potential. At this point we will turn our attention to techniques that you can apply to deal with the obstacles and make the most of the opportunities that come your way.
In this post let us look at the ways you can counter those productivity killers and other ways of making effective use of your time. Here are some of the self management skills that will help you be more productive:
1. Set clear goals and execute
Notice that I also mentioned the word execute. As I have mentioned before, setting goals alone does not mean they will automatically come to pass. You have to put in the work to see changes in your life. If you have heard of the 80/20 rule or Pareto principle it says 20% of the effort brings 80% of the results.
So with whatever you’re working on prioritize the high value activities over the less important ones. Some of the other tasks you can delegate which then frees up more time for you to focus on the high value tasks. This applies whether you’re working for someone else and more so if you are running your own business.
Work in blocks of at least 1 hour or so uninterrupted in between your breaks. The less the distractions the more you can focus.
2. Turn off phone notifications
This is one of the biggest distractions as mentioned in the previous post. One of the most effective ways of dealing with this problem is to turn off notifications. When they are on messages can just keep coming in and drawing your attention away from the work that you are doing. So when you are working be sure to turn them off until you’re done with what you’re doing. Some people turn off their data to block communication which works fine as well.
“Wasting money is bad but wasting time is criminal.”
3. Focus on one task a time
As I mentioned in the previous post multitasking reduces your level of productivity in a big way so it’s best to desist from it. Do one task to completion and then move on to the next one. You will find that you will get things done faster and more efficiently than trying to do all of them at once. It is a discipline that needs to be cultivated but the payoff is huge. Multitasking gives a false sense of accomplishment but it’s a big hindrance.
4. Manage emails and social media
Social media isn’t a bad thing at all. It only becomes bad when you get obsessed about it and it affects your work. One way of managing it is having set times for looking at your social media profiles, doing what you need to do and then getting out. When you don’t you can easily find yourself spending hours upon hours watching other people’s lifestyles. Wasting money is bad but wasting time is criminal. Time can never be recovered when it’s lost. The same applies to emails.
There we have it. Self management is the key to becoming more productive leading to effective use of the precious time you have.
Thank you for taking the time to read and I hope you have gotten some value from this post. Be sure to share it with your friends on social media. If you have other pointers of how you can be more productive please share in the comments section below.
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Be all you can be!