Productivity is of paramount importance no matter what you do for a living.
There is only a certain amount of time available to finish tasks and somehow it sometimes feels like time is never enough.
At times it feels like you have not accomplished anything on a particular day. Could the reason be that you are not using your time efficiently?
Everyone works differently, but there are a number of things that will affect you negatively. So in order to spend your days more efficiently and meaningful so you can achieve your goals, you should stay away from:
Most of us spend hours looking at our phones and computers, and this can take a toll on our productivity. “Sadly, their constant interruptions — from relentless blasts of media, emails, posts, tweets to texts – are deteriorating brain function, especially memory”, says research done on the topic.
If you want to look at your personal social media accounts, do it on your coffee or lunch break or when you are at home.
We often think that doing multiple things at once would kill two birds with one stone. Did you know that multitasking actually consists of switching your attention back and forth? It divides your attention between tasks. Because each task then gets less attention, you need more time to finish them. Work on one specific task at a time and then move on to the next one when you are done.
Being a nice guy
Always saying “yes” can quickly take its toll on your productivity. If you always say “yes,” you’ll eventually find you’ve taken on more work you can physically accomplish in a given period of time. Helping your colleagues is a lovely thing to do, but you can’t do it always and interrupt your productivity, work flow and focus. Sometimes it is necessary to say “no”.
Always first consider whether the item at hand is directly related to your ongoing projects or personal work before saying “yes.
A meeting is meant for the discussing of new ideas, making plans and creating action points for the plans, or reviewing past events or situations…… You should never find yourself spending more time in meetings than actually getting your work done. Last minute meetings or meetings without agendas can be really BIG time wasters and productivity killers and prevent you from doing your real work. You need to learn to say “no” to unnecessary meetings
Email messages that are popping up on your computer screen have the tendency to create urgency for a lot of people to actually check their inboxes constantly. The checking of emails on a frequent basis can really waste your time because you need to refocus on the task you were working on. Schedule specific times to check your emails.
Prosperity is EARNed!
Joshua C Ngoma