If you are reading this right now, you are probably not getting much done today. Reading is great, and it is necessary actually to take time out of your day to gain some much-needed knowledge. However, getting distracted constantly, procrastinating and failing to complete the tasks you said you were going to finish for the day could be detrimental to your overall success and productivity over time. In this blog post, I am going to outline a few crucial hacks to help you to boost productivity and get more done.
My favorite way of interval working is to use the Pomodoro method. What is the Pomodoro method? The Pomodoro method is a time management technique developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The method uses a timer to break down work sessions into intervals.
-5-minute breaks in between each interval
-Four cycles of 25 minutes completed, then a 15-20 minute break
-Do it all over again
When I first started working for myself, I found it very difficult to focus and get things done on time. I struggled with distractions around the house and other things. When I discovered the Pomodoro method, I started implementing it straight away, I noticed a significant difference in how much work I managed to complete on any given day. The website I use to facilitate the implementation of the Pomodoro technique is the Tomato Timer website: >>>> Tomato Timer
Mono-tasking can be difficult when you are somewhat accustomed to multi-tasking. However, trust me when I say that it makes a world of difference. Instead of focusing on multiple tasks at once, try and stick to one task at a time. Finish that one task and then move on to the next. As simple as it sounds, it can be challenging when you have a million things to complete on your task list for the day. I write down the three most important things that I want to finish for the day, I work on them one by one. Sometimes, I only have one task on the list and that is my main focus for the day, or sometimes for the week.
Step Outside the Box (Jump outside your comfort zone)
There is actually a science behind stepping outside your comfort zone. According to Alan Henry from Lifehacker, your comfort zone is a behavioural space where your activities and behaviours fit a routine and pattern that reduces risk and stress. Therefore, it provides a state of mental security. The notion of the comfort zone dates back to 1908 when psychologists Robert M. Yerkes and John. D Dodson explained that a state of relative comfort created a steady level of performance in order to maximize performance. However, it is necessary for us to experience a steady level of anxiety to reach peak performance. In order to reach this peak level, we need to step just outside our comfort zone. However, too much anxiety often leads to low performance and reduced productivity.
Therefore, if you want to increase your effective output, it is vital that you step outside your comfort zone sometimes. I step outside my comfort zone by waking up earlier than I want to, I see this as a necessary way to challenge myself on a regular basis. I do not wake up early every day. However, three days a week I am up at 5 AM. These are the days when I power through work and push past the goals I have set for myself for the day. This does not happen all the time mind you, however, it happens often.
Step outside your comfort zone whenever you can, you will notice a sharp increase in your productivity when you do. One thing that I have noticed when stepping outside my comfort zone, it increases my confidence and boosts my self-esteem. I am most productive when I feel confident.
I swear by productivity music, I first started working with productivity music two years ago when I discovered a video about study habits. The woman in the video, listened to productivity music on YouTube every day to boost her concentration. She swore by it, and I can vouch for it too. It really does depend on how you prefer to work. I generally cannot work if there are people talking around me. Nonetheless, when I put on my noise cancelling headphones and play my productivity music, I enter into the perfect state of flow.
For me, flow is when you blackout and focus fully on the task in front of you. I forget about space and time when I am in the zone and productivity music helps me enter the zone. Have a listen to the following productivity playlists on YouTube:
Productivity apps are somewhat new to me however, here are the apps that I find useful when I do need to use them.
These are just some of the methods I use to stay productive. I have passed some of these tips on to the Pink Intrigue team and we have noticed a huge difference in the overall team output. Comment below with your productivity hacks, I would love to found out how you stay productive on a daily basis.
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