We all have the same amount of time, yet why are some people more productive than others? Some of it’s genetics, but there are several learned behaviors that can make you more productive. Here are some habits that are consistently followed by those that are successful at getting things done.
1– They use technology effectively
Productive people know that it’s very easy to become a slave to technology. They also know if you use technology effectively, it can work for you rather than against you. Productive people significantly limit their time on social media platforms. In addition, they turn off all notifications, so they can check social media when it’s convenient for them, therefore avoiding the constant interruptions and break in focus.
2- They monotask rather than multitask
Highly productive people know that focusing on one task at a time, rather than multitasking improves efficiency and above all makes them more productive. There are articles and studies galore on this topic. When you focus on one important task at a time, it’s easier to complete a task and then celebrate success. This feeling of success is a terrific motivator to start and finish the next important task. When you focus on too many things simultaneously, errors can easily be made and quality suffers because your brain is constantly changing focus, not to mention switching gears frequently and rapidly leads to mental exhaustion. If you need a little help monotasking, try the Time Timer – a great product that sets time for tasks and lets you SEE how much time is left. Use it enough and great habits will form!
3- They are masters at prioritizing
Regardless of the task, people that are highly productive know that the level of importance drives when a task should be completed. Creating to do lists and organizing the tasks on the list by priority (most likely when they need to be done) is the most effective way to go. Since there are only a certain number of hours in a day, to get the most important things done, it’s critical to prioritize. Those that can do so effectively, reap the benefits.
4- They take time to re-charge
You’ve heard the term “self care”. Most productive people force themselves to take breaks to re-charge and pay some attention to their body, mind and spirit. They schedule time for fun and relaxation, because they know they’ll have more energy, focus and be more creative when they do. Getting a good night’s sleep is also a way they successfully recharge. Don’t deviate from this one and don’t get caught up in guilt. Concentrate on how much more productive and creative you’ll be when you return to work and enjoy being in the moment.