Being busy is not the same as being productive. Many confuse the two words but their meaning differs. While the former has to do with being occupied, the later has to do with working efficiently to produce results.
Have you ever felt like you have not accomplished anything after long hours of working? It mean you have been busy but not productive. Of course, being productive at work, isn’t rocket science, but that doesn’t mean it comes cheaply too because if it was easy everyone would be doing it. There is a way to go about it.
This article focuses on proven ways by which you can be productive this week.
In my first year in college we were taught that to get best of the day, we should multitask, but productivity experts have proven that, multitasking is a myth. It reduces your efficiency. Trying to do too many things at a time divides your focus.
Professor K Miller said, ‘multitasking is not humanly possible.’ Multitasking is the bane of productivity. You won’t be able to give your best, you will be average at many things when you multitask. It slows you down.
Have a To-do list
Nothing increases your productivity like knowing the things you are going to do before you start working. It conditions your mind aright for work and gives you an idea of the challenges you are likely to face.
Working with no plan on paper makes you look mysterious but it renders you ineffective. You would find it difficult to account for how the day went by.
Do the Hard First
The word ‘hard’ is relative. Define your own ‘hard’. For some people, hard means creatively tasking while to other it means, physically exacting.
You don’t need to go to Harvard to learn how to be productive. After you have made your to-do list, identify the top three tasks and spend your energy doing them.
As a leader or a manager, you have to understand that you can’t do it all. A good leader doesn’t necessarily know it all, but knows how to choose the right set of people to get the job done. Learn to delegate properly, it increases your productivity.
Leave some less important tasks to capable hands under you. Delegate and face your work. If you have to monitor a task after you have assigned it then you are micromanaging.
When we were in primary school, when had breaks in-between classes to refresh the brain for the next lesson. You can apply this same principle at work too. Take a break after you are done with a task.
Take a walk, play games, and do exercises. These things Improve concentration, boost creativity and help you to learn faster. A study by Leeds Metropolitan University shows that 65% of workers who used their company gym at lunchtime were more productive that those who didn’t use the gym at lunch time.
Get enough Rest
I am very sure that you must have heard things like ‘rich men don’t sleep’ and ‘sleep for lazy people’. Lack of sleep affects your concentration, it also decreases logical reasoning and memory, of what use are you when you can’t think well?
The National sleep Foundation says that an adult needs 7-9 hours sleep at night. Sleep well. It is beneficial to your productivity.