Whether it's progressing on a school assignment, getting a work project done or simply looking to make the most out of your gaming session, everybody wants to be productive.
So many times though, we find ourselves burning out too quickly, or lacking the motivation to truly stay on top of these habits and make productivity an automatic part of our lives. Here are Top 5 Tips to keep you grinding out the pluses at the end of any session!
1. Create an Immediate To-Do List
A lot of the time, what leaves us wanting at the end of any session is the lack of game plan or deliverables that you expect to be completed by the time runs out. To work around this, create immediate to-do lists for that given period, mapping it out just before you begin, or the first thing as you commence.
This period needs to be relatively short, don't make it longer than a day. For example, if you have a couple hours free to do some admin work make sure you figure out what work it is that you're doing! Check box it and it is CRUCIAL, that you mark them as complete before you move on. Get this going, and half the battle has been won.
2. Use the 2-Minute Rule
The 2-minute rule is used for your simple tasks throughout the day. It works well with the to-do list above, because over the course of your day, you will inevitably encounter a number of additional tasks that you might want to explore and get it done.
The problem is, you can end up losing time on these tasks and leaving out the important bits of your to-do list. How do you work around this?
Look at the task that has popped up during the day. Does it take longer than 2 minutes to do? If not, perhaps it's easy to get it out of the way because it isn't taking over large chunks of time, and you'll be at peace with completing it.
If it takes longer though, it can set you back on your priorities for the day, so put it down on the to-do list to attend to later!
Have a go, and see how many seemingly smaller tasks end up ruining your workflow!
3. Remove Digital Distractions
Sure, there are things that you can't remove or block out because they physically can't be avoided. But when it comes to social media, and only communications, it literally takes ten seconds to remove it from your life at any given time.
The simplest one that a lot of us can relate to, is opening up multiple tabs on the internet. Just don't! Don't just minimise or change tabs, close them completely and leave them for later. You should only have open what you need in order to complete the task, nothing more, nothing less.
How about checking your phone constantly for new updates on Instagram or messages from friends via WhatsApp? You can happily forget about that by simply putting the phone in another room, or out of immediate reach. Humans are naturally lazy, so just that additional step of getting up to find your phone is enough to put you off!
4. Map Out Purpose
The reason why so many people have wasted time is because they don't appropriately address the purpose of the things they're doing, or not doing.
We're all guilty of this, but how about spending over half an hour before bed scrolling social media, viewing memes or watching viral videos. Take a second to stop, and think about the actual benefit and purpose of doing this. They're small releases of happiness that never amount much to anything, so why keep watching them?
This doesn't mean not to watch or look at social media at all, you just need to find the right purpose of indulging in it. Perhaps it's learning techniques for the gym, or a walkthrough and tips for video games.
Find your purpose, which determines if you should be spending time on it.
5. Focus on Short Bursts of Productivity
Remember back in school when it was a struggle to pay attention for longer than twenty minutes? It isn't because you were a bad student, but that's simply how the human brain works.
We have short attention spans in general, so what you need to do is make sure that you put a parameter behind it, and understand when you're not really concentrating anymore, take a break and get ready to do it all over again.
Perhaps the most common method is the 25-5 rule, whereby you work for 25 minutes straight, and then take a break for 5. A break doesn't mean surf the internet or find something else to concentrate on, it really does mean to break, recover and let the mind go empty for a short period!
When you think about it, productivity and the capacity to get stuff done is really driven from your motivations and interest, which is triggered by the mind. If you set goals, remove distractions and keep the mind engaged, it becomes easy! Try these five hacks today and see your ability to get things done grow exponentially, this is just the beginning.