How to become more productive
Let's face it, we have all been there where you just can't seem to get out of a rut and get motivated to do anything. If you are currently in this state, there is some help out there! Here are some tips to help you get out of your rut:
- Make a list of all the things you need to accomplish and rank them according to their importance. If some things just aren't that important to do today, incorporate them into your schedule later on during the week. Prioritizing your daily tasks is one of the best ways to get out of a rut because it helps you think clearly again and you can see and end point!
- Stop being a perfectionist. No matter how many times you try to complete a task, it may never get done. Instead of stressing yourself out about it, accept that fact that it will be an on-going process.
- Get rid of distractions and things that suck up your time. If you find yourself plopping down in front of the computer to play on Facebook, ask yourself if this is really using your time wisely. Can you make better use of your time? While it's still a good idea to have your fun, just set some time limits on things that can suck up a lot of time and cause you to get behind on your priorities.
- If you drive to work, try to join a carpool or look for mass transportation methods. The long drive to work can be a great time to get other stuff done. By using the public transportation system, you can check all of your emails before you get to the office. That way you will be ready to jump right into work instead of sitting in front of your computer for the first hour of the day.
- Don't force yourself to do everything at once. Break up your day by taking small breaks to stretch or exercise. When you are working, try to get up and walk around once every 2 hours. During your lunch break, go for a 30 minute walk. This will release endorphins into the bloodstream, which are known for enhancing your mood and it may make you become more productive.
- If you are feeling overwhelmed at your job, talk to your supervisor. They may be able to help you come up with a schedule to prioritize your time better or they may take a few things off your plate to reduce your workload.
- Stay positive about work. Even though it can be frustrating at times, you need to do you best to keep a happy face. This will help to inspire your co-workers and build an uplifting work environment. If you are having a rough day, talk to the office psychologist about it. If your office doesn't have one, ask your supervisor if you can leave a little early to visit yours. This will help you re-energize and re-focus on your job and the things you need to accomplish.
- Quit procrastinating! This is the worst motivational killer as it sucks the life out of you by making you become stressed to complete all of your daily needs. Procrastination is truly your enemy so it is important to make a list of what you can do daily to avoid having everything dumped on you last minute.
- Breathe. When you are starting to feel overwhelmed, slow down. Take a couple minutes to just breathe and re-gain your composure. Instead of trying to rush things to get done on time, make sure you do them right the first time. Being in a constant state of hurry will cause errors and other problems.