We all want to find ways to get more from the time we have. It can often seem like there is never enough time in a day to do what needs to be done. In this post, we are going to look at some of the top hacks for increasing your productivity and giving yourself even greater opportunity to earn peer recognition.
1. Time Blocking
If you want to maximize your productivity, you need to be intentional with your time. Make a list of tasks that need to be done, prioritize them, and schedule blocks of time that you can devote to each task.
This allows you to focus on the task at hand, and it is a great way to optimize your day. Beyond scheduling time for all of the important work tasks, make sure to add some time for yourself as well.
2. Take Breaks
You might think that taking breaks will cost you productivity, but for many people, this isn’t true. Stepping away from your work can help to clear the mind and restore your ability to focus. If you feel a little overwhelmed, or you get stuck on a problem, take a few minutes to relax away from your work.
Your doctor probably recommends exercise for your health, but it is also good for your productivity. Exercise can relieve stress, and people that work out tend to be happier.
You don’t even need to go out of your way or become obsessed with fitness. Even a light exercise routine can boost your energy levels and make you more productive.
Meditation can be good for productivity in a number of different ways. It can relieve stress and help you relax. It also promotes mindfulness and can be good for increasing your ability to focus and concentrate.
You could add meditation to your morning routine, and you could also use it in the office when you feel like you need to get your mind back on track.
5. Inbox Management
Do you let your email inbox get out of control? Maybe you have tons of old messages you have yet to delete, or you might have unread messages awaiting your attention.
This clutter in your inbox can negatively affect your productivity. When you keep your inbox at zero, it makes your communications easier to manage. You won’t have all of that clutter on your screen when you go to check your email, and it will help to ensure that you don’t forget about any messages that might get lost in the mess.
6. Strength Assessment
When you are looking at your schedule, try to think about the individual tasks and identify the strengths that will be important for successfully navigating the day ahead. Try to create opportunities for these strengths to come out, and put your schedule together in a way that will allow you to maximize the benefit of these attributes.
7. Go Dark
Set times where you are completely disconnected from your email and messaging. While these communications can play an important role in your work, you need to take some time away from always checking your email and your messaging.
This can be a part of your time-blocking strategy. When you schedule the tasks that require a more singular focus, make this a dark period for email and messaging.
You have plenty of options when it comes to increasing your productivity. Some of them might be quick tips for saving time, others might be broader strategies for managing your day. You also have all sorts of technological solutions at your disposal that are intended to boost productivity. Try some of the above-mentioned productivity hacks combined with these digital tools to see what works for you.
About the Author
Rae is a graduate of Tufts University with a combined International Relations and Chinese degree. After spending time living and working abroad in China, she returned to NYC to pursue her career and continue curating quality content. Rae is passionate about travel, food, and writing, of course.