Being a productive human being for all hours of the day is simply not possible. Heck, being a productive human being for all hours of the workday is even impossible. Some of us can barely make it to lunch, and many more of us shut off between the hours of 8 am and 9 am.inFOLIO Research Group
Sad, but true.
There’s just so much going on everywhere that it can be something of a challenge to remain focused on one thing for an extended period of time, and unfortunately, multitasking typically hurts more than it helps. But hey, if you are attempting to multitask, you’re probably much better off than all of those people who shut off between the hours of 8 am and 9 am.
So although productivity for all hours of the day isn’t exactly written in the stars for you, it is possible for you to be more productive than you are now – for you to extend and strengthen those periods of productivity when you do manage to snatch them up for yourself. Here are a handful of useful productivity hacks to help you do just that.
Mobile devices have to be one of the biggest productivity leeches on this planet. Most people refuse to part ways with their phones, and as a result, they find themselves checking their phones All. Day. Long. Every beep, every vibrate, and every lit screen is just another excuse to drop what you’re doing and text, snap, and tweet for much longer than you should. If you want to be productive, then put your phone away. Stuff it in a drawer, turn it off, or switch it to the “Do Not Disturb” mode. You can give yourself five minutes of every hour to check your phone, or if that’s asking too much of you, then five minutes of every half hour.
Note-taking is a great habit for anyone to fall back on, because it can prevent bad things from happening to your productivity. How many times have you sat down to work on a project only to realize you can’t remember anything about the project? You can’t really be productive here now can you? Or how about when you have a meeting and then you forget what you discussed, so you send out a few emails or arrange a second meeting to remember everything you forgot? How counterproductive is that? Do yourself a favor and carry around a notebook. Or at the very least, make sure you bring one to any discussion or meeting held throughout the day.
If you’ve ever seen any of the Freddie movies, then you know exactly how unproductive those teenagers get once they start losing sleep. If you haven’t seen any of the movies, then let’s just say it doesn’t end well for any of them. Sleep is absolutely necessary for your productivity; it keeps you focused, alert, and energized, and it’s probably better than any productivity tip we could ever give to you. Shoot for six to eight hours of sleep every night, and you’ll be golden.
Calendars don’t work well for everyone, but that’s just because people can struggle to find their own special way of using one. However, if you can manage to find a good calendar (or time management platform), it can do so much good for your productivity. Some people like to keep all items on the same calendar (from personal to professional), while others prefer to have a separate calendar for each part of their life. Whatever you choose to do, though, calendars can be beneficial because they can show you the bigger picture, as well as your life piece by piece – all of which is extremely important when you’re trying to maintain that productivity.
Whether you choose to use a calendar or not, sectioning off your day can be one of the most effective ways to manage time and control your productivity. Give yourself a block of time for each task or project, and you can better allot time for activities like breaks and meetings. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to remain motivated during a time block; you’ll feel the need to finish, and you’ll have the ability to pace yourself out successfully.