If you’re like me, you have a million and one things going on at all times. It can become overwhelming at times and eventually lead to poor productivity: whether that be academically or professionally.
Staying productive with your everyday tasks isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it is vital that you do so, especially in a work or academic setting. Poor productivity can lead to lower quality work than what’s expected from you and that can eventually lead to disciplinary action and added stress.
With the end of the semester quickly approaching (and winter break in sight), it’s important to make sure you’re staying on top of your work. If you’re feeling like you’re not getting the most out of your day, here are a couple things we came up with in order to help you enhance your productivity.
1. Minimize Distractions
Close out your Twitter and Instagram feed. Constantly getting caught up in social media and endless Reddit pages will ensure that you get absolutely nothing done.
2. Make a List
Writing down what you need to get done is a great way to prioritize and organize. By listing your goals for the day, you’re more likely going to work towards what you want to accomplish.
3. Reward Yourself
Have some sort of incentive for getting that one tricky task done that you were dreading all day. Maybe you tell yourself that you can take your lunch after you finish your to-do (because food is always a great way to motivate yourself). Treat yo self.
4. Take It One Step At A Time
Taking on a bunch of things at once will only overwhelm you. By breaking down bigger tasks into smaller ones, you can approach it with more ease and knock them out one at a time.
5. Stay organized
Make sure your work area is organized. Not being able to find that one document you need will only cause you stress and waste your time. Taking the time to reorganize will both serve as a distraction and take you longer to do otherwise simple tasks.
6. Avoid being monotonous
Switch up your daily routine to keep from feeling like you’re stuck on repeat every day. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re stuck on autopilot from the moment you wake up until you’re done with your busy day. By switching up your tasks or the way you approach them, you won’t have that feeling and will find yourself having a more productive day.
7. Get feedback: find out what’s working and what isn’t.
Get opinions and feedback from your coworkers, supervisors, professors, etc. They can tell you what needs improvement and what’s working well. By receiving this input, you can improve your work habits and grow both professionally and academically.
8. Ask for help when you need it
Don’t feel bad asking for assistance. Sometimes you can’t do everything yourself, and that’s completely okay. The last thing you want to do is realize you had too much pride when you actually needed the help. A lot of times employees and students find that they asked for help too late. Avoid this mistake and take everything as an opportunity to learn and grow!
9. Take a break
Get up and walk around. Sitting in one place all day will drive you crazy and cause you to lose both your interest in what your working on and your focus on it. Try to determine when you’re typically most productive during the day. For some people that’s in the morning whereas others find themselves doing their best work in the afternoon. Get your essential to-do’s done during your peak time frame.
10. Take advantage of your downtime
Walking to class? Commuting to work? Knock out some tasks while you do so! Obviously you can’t (and probably shouldn’t) do most of the things you need to get done, but you can use this time to plan out your day! Make a mental list or even write out in your phone what you plan on getting done when you get to where you need to be. This will help with organizing your day and give you more time to knock out these tasks instead of planning them out once you get to work, class, the library, etc.
By implementing these simple suggestions, you can find yourself being more successful in your workplace and it WILL get noticed!