Simple Changes to Improve Your Productivity

Being productive is easier said than done. Everyone has off days filled with distractions or a list of to-do’s that seem to be never-ending but don’t let that get the best of you!  Making minor routine and lifestyle changes is the key to staying focused, inspired, and productive.

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7 habits to boost your productivity level:

1. Prioritize

Make a list of to-do’s and rank them from highest priority to lowest priority. Sometimes making physical lists can really help clear your mind, helping you to see what exactly needs to get done. The satisfaction from crossing a task off the to-do list is extremely enjoyable as well! Bonus!

2. Get Some Fresh Air

Go out for lunch! Take a step outside to recharge. This is such a simple routine change that can really impact your day for the better. Stepping outside of the office gives you the chance to step away from work, relieve stress, and recharge your creativity fuel. When it is time for you to get back to work, you will be able to re-focus with a clear mind.

3. Make a Plan

Always have a plan. Plan your day out the night before. This will help you organize your time, know where to start right when you step in to work, and ensure that time is being used efficiently and effectively.

4. Minimize Distractions

If you have the power to remove distractions, DO IT! Turn off your phone and stay away from the wonderful world of the internet and social media (if your job allows you to). Although this is self-explanatory, it isn’t as simple as it seems but the more you practice this, the less temptation you’ll have moving forward.

5. DON’T Multi-Task

Let me clarify a little. Don’t tackle a bunch of projects all at once. Take it one project at a time to make sure your focus is solely on one priority. This gets the job done quicker and keeps you from switching gears too often which can ultimately lead to confusion or crummy work.

6. Set a Timer

Sometimes it feels like there isn’t enough time in a day. The truth is, there is! But, it’s up to you to manage your time effectively. Use a timer to help manage your time.

7. Set a Goal

Setting goals are key to curating good work at a timely manner. Keeping your eyes on the prize really helps when it comes to staying motivated. Because you’ve set a goal – whether it be a deadline or a set plan on what you want to tackle today, it will motivate you to stay focus. The best feeling is reaching that goal you set for the day, nothing tops that rewarding feeling!

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Incorporate these productivity habits in to your life and see the difference yourself! The ultimate goal for picking up these habits are to improve your productivity, stress levels, time management skills, and focusing your energy in to priority projects. Although the habits listed above may not solve all your problems, they are great stepping stones to bettering your work efficiency. Now that you’ve read this – get back to work!!