We all procrastinate. Today distractions are everywhere. From social media to YouTube there are so many things competing for our attention. If we don’t focus and let these time vampires sap away our time we would never get anything done. This is why I have listed down below six productivity hacks you can use today to be more productive. Let’s kick procrastination’s ass. Here we go.
Doing two or more things at once might sound great but unless your a freak of nature, your brain cannot focus on more than one task at a time. For example your brain becomes less efficient if you try to type and edit at the same time (I’m so guilty of this). You would be more efficient if you type first and edit later.
according to the prose.com typing is a right brain function. While editing is a left brain function. The right side of our brain is more imaginative. the left side is more logical.
Your brain processes information in a sequential manner. This makes it harder to do many tasks at once. It is not like the computer which is able to process many different tasks at once. If only we had computer brains huh?
Stopping multi-tasking is one of the best productivity hacks you can use to fight procrastination.
Surfing the internet aimlessly
Everyone today seems to be addicted to their phone. We spend hours everyday surfing the internet for no apparent reason. We watch funny cat videos. This aimless surfing burns time like nothing else.
Time quickly flies when you’re surfing the net. Sometimes I think I am addicted to surfing. If you want to be more productive you have to give up this habit. Is destructive to say the least. It is ironic that the internet is a great tool. You can use it for doing research, for watching informative videos and to learn new things but it is also a big time-waster. It is so easy to procrastinate online because there are so many distractions. I often find myself wasting time on Facebook aimless videos on YouTube offer no real value and are just brain candy.
Responding to emails as they come
It is so easy to waste time checking emails. If you have a desk job easy it is to get swamped by loads of emails. If you find yourself responding easy emails immediately you could end up wasting the entire day. You need to focus on one task at a time.
In the book how to stop worrying and start living dale Carnegie states that we can only do one thing at a time. Stop checking emails first thing in the morning.
According to Brendon Burchard your inbox is an organizing system for other people’s agendas
Smartphone addiction and using your phone while working is a perfect recipe for time-wasting. There are so many distractions so many apps a million ways to lose focus.
When you’re working focus on work. You can also use productivity apps to shut off social media feeds and other distracting apps. We only get one hundred and 68 hours in a week. Spending 6 hours a day on your phone equals more than 40 hours a week. We sleep for an average of 490hours a week. This means that about half of our time spent not doing work.
Hitting the snooze button
Does this ring any bells? You Set an alarm and when it rings hit the snooze button. We tend to hit that button in the morning when we have to go to work but we also do it when we have an important deadline to meet.
This level of procrastination can quickly turn into a bad habit. If you’re constantly hitting snooze buttons you will never be serious about your deadlines. You will always say; “there is always tomorrow” and you will never accomplish any of your goals. Stop putting off tasks. Get to work today and stop procrastinating. The time you waste today you will regret in the future.
Being reactive is like running around like a headless chicken when something unexpected comes up. Plan ahead. Anthony Robbins states that “anticipation is the ultimate advantage in life”. I believe this is true. Think of planning ahead like seeing into the future. What would you do if you could see into your future and avoid all the bad things that would happen to you? being proactive allows you to be prepared for any changes that could happen throughout your day.
Being Proactive also allows you to take advantage of opportunities. Plan out your day and don’t just drift along. Set aside time for different tasks. Here is a good tip that I learned; write down the 6 things you have to do by the end of the day. Focus on just those six, avoid distractions as much as possible and see how much you can get done.
man, there is nothing that burns your time like those big meetings. Sometimes these meetings can last up to three hours. This is a cause for concern when all you may be doing is sitting around and giving updates.
If you can’t avoid meetings, try to make them go as fast as possible. Get to the main points. Have all the important information ready to share so you can move on. there is no need for anyone to be sitting around like they are sharing their life story.
Another great productivity tip is to structure your meetings. Organize meetings to achieve a goal and insist that everyone focuses on this goal. Many times meetings drag on an on simply because someone started on a tangent and someone else picked it up. Focus on getting useful information and avoid any unrelated talk.
There you go 6 productivity hacks that will improve your productivity in 2017. Remember there are only so many hours in the day and we can’t make more time. Our best bet is to optimize the time we already have to ensure we get as much done as possible. If you like this post share it. Comment and subscribe to my list for more great posts. Until next time catch you later. Peace.