In this guest post by Jorge Blanco, you’re going to discover solutions to two familiar productivity problems. If you want to increase your productivity at home and at work to a constant high, then you’ll enjoy reading this post.
Do you have an eight hours job?
Then perhaps you’ve had a battle with productivity before.
From experience, you most likely already know that being productive comes and goes. Some days you feel like you can conquer all your targets, and on other days, you don’t have the drive to do anything or are constantly dragged away from work with procrastination.
This rise and fall of being productive will just not do. If you want to make the most of your time, you want to have constant productivity. This applies in the workplace as well as in your household when you bring extra work home, or if you have a home-based job.
Can this be achieved?
It can, but mind you, it takes a while to get the hang of it. If you sincerely want to achieve this, you need to be patient.
What Hinders Productivity?
Before we go through the tips on encouraging productivity, let’s look at what you have to deal with in regards to being productive.
Distractions are Everywhere
Distractions – these little monsters are everywhere. They will capture your attention and eat your time without your knowledge. By the time you do notice, a big chunk of your time has been squandered and you’ll have little to no work done.
There are various kinds of distractions but, in general, there are only two sources of these: your mind and your environment.
The distractions from your environment can be anything that stimulates your mind, such as sounds, people, or the layout and items on your physical environment.
As for distractions from your mind, these are often your worries and other times creative ideas finding their way into your thoughts.
Not in the Mood to Work
It’s one of those times when you wake up feeling glued to your bed and it’s such an effort to get up.
When you do get out of bed and start working, you put it off or take too long to finish one part of a task. Hence, you end up accomplishing nothing or much less than the day’s goals.
It’s not that you’re lazy, you’re just not in the mood. Your tendency to be in this state can either be due to stress, lack of sleep, not having enough R&R, or being overworked.
Tips on Increasing Productivity
Now that you have a basic idea of what hinders you from being productive, let’s consider what you could do to enhance your chances of being productive on a daily basis.
Develop a Morning Habit
This will give you energy and set you in the mood to work and be productive. This strategy is based on the premise of starting your morning right.
When we have a good morning, everything else usually follows through and you’ll have a great day at work. Hence, make it a point to begin your morning with making yourself feel good.
Formulate a morning routine that will help achieve that. Examples of activities that you could include in your routine are waking up early and exercising.
Work Friendly Environment
It will allow for better concentration and focus. The environment is what we’re focusing on, because you can still get distracted by it even if you have impeccable focus.
Distractions can be noise, clutter, or the mere presence of other people. Thus, make sure your workplace helps you concentrate rather than be the cause of your non-productive day. An ideal workplace would be silent, clean, and organized.
What other productivity problems do you suffer from?
Jorge Blanco is a personal development junkie, expert on goal setting, time, project, and life management, a master strategist and planner, and a passionate entrepreneur.
He is the author of Design Your Life: 5 Steps To Create The Life You Want, a complete guide to making a positive change in your life, and living a life by design, and the Goal Setting Workshop, a blog about goal setting, productivity, and personal development.
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