Everywhere I go lately I hear about productivity — “How to be more productive at work” or “Check out these 10 apps for productivity.” The buzzword is everywhere, but for many of us, just thinking about being more productive adds stress! If you already have a mile-long to-do list that you never seem to see the bottom of, you may feel overwhelmed adding “learn to be more productive” to it.
Here’s a quick list of simple things you can do to become more productive and reduce stress — no big time investment required.
- Create a Better List. Don’t face your three-page task list each day — create a more efficient one. Hang on to the full list, but make another one. This second list is a daily list you create each morning. On the daily list, include only items you must accomplish that day. It’s shorter, less overwhelming to look at continuously and you’ll feel more productive when you reach the end!
- Stick to Set Times. Establish time limits for yourself. Promise yourself that you will end your work day at a certain time…and don’t let work trickle into your life in the evening. Create time for family, time for you and time for giving. Establish and stick to these set times to create balance in your life. When you know you’re working or playing within a certain amount of time, you’ll stay more focused and engaged, making the time more productive and meaningful.
- Use Small Pockets of Time. We have more time than we realize. Most of us just don’t know how to maximize it. Five minutes may not sound like much time, but you can accomplish a lot! Most of us have mobile devices with us at all times that function as a mini computer. If you’re waiting for an appointment to start, you could pay a bill, set another appointment or set a reminder on your phone for something. If you have 15 minutes after work before family dinner, run by the post office, create tomorrow’s daily to-do list or answer emails.
- Work in Chunks. There is a method of working called the Pomodoro Technique. This method breaks your day into 30 minute chunks. For 25 minutes you work on one focused task. The last five minutes you take a break. Section your day into these chunks. When you know you only have to focus for 25 minutes, it’s easier to stay focused, and when you know a break is coming, you can hang in there.
- Stop Multitasking. I know you feel like you have to do three things at once to ever accomplish it all, but actually you’re less effective. Concentrating on one task at a time has proven to be more satisfying and productive. Choose to be present for every task you do, whether it’s practicing tee ball with your child or attending a meeting at work. Give it your undivided attention to see better results and feel more fulfilled.
I’ve got many simple tips and tricks you can implement in your life to see better productivity and watch your stress decline. I’d love to help you find balance and peace in your life. Contact me, Karen David, to begin your journey to a more fulfilling life.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.