Everyone strives to increase their productivity on a daily basis. It is, in my opinion, about identifying your areas of weakness and working to better them. The key to being productive is to enjoy what you’re working on. It does not feel like labour if you enjoy what you are doing.
This post will walk you through six ideas that will make you more productive right away if you implement them. Let’s get started without further ado.
1. Record Your Thoughts and Ideas
Our minds aren’t particularly good at remembering things. Don’t expect to recall everything that has happened in your life.
Use a note-taking program like Notion, Evernote, OneNote, or whatever you want instead. I prefer Notion. When you start keeping track of everything that happens in your life, you’ll realize that you should’ve started earlier. After viewing a video by Ali Abdaal, a well-known YouTuber, I began taking notes on Notion. I recently discovered his channel, and it has made a significant difference in my life.
If you’re considering using Notion as your note-taking software, I strongly advise you to view the video below.
2. Eliminate Distractions
- When you’re working, turn off notifications or put your phone in Do Not Disturb mode. When you’re working, don’t keep it in your line of vision. When you notice your phone on the table, you will feel compelled to check if you have received any messages.
- Once a day, go through your emails. Simply choose a time that is convenient for you and stick to it. However, do not choose a time in the morning. It will absorb all of your energy. Instead, choose a time that is between 2-4 p.m. For the majority of people, this is the most unproductive period.
- Reduce your screen time.
I’ve been using Digital Wellbeing for a while and have concluded that I use my phone way too much. On some days, I had 9.5 hours of screen time on my smartphone. For a software engineer who works full-time, that’s a lot of screen time.
I switched my smartphone to a push-button phone as an experiment. I carried out this experiment for about 2 months. One thing I realized from this is that changing the things around us can help us, but it is temporary. We are going to adjust to the new environment sooner or later.
Instead what we should be focusing on is about learning how to control your mind to do the things you should be doing.
If you feel stuck and unable to break free from your addiction, you must make a change. Time is a valuable commodity. Stop squandering it. Keep track of your day. You’ll be surprised at how much time you waste each day.
You will really be scared about how fast time really flies if you watch the latest movie, Long Story Short.
3. Focus on One Thing
Every single person in society is trying to multitask. It seems like a nice way to get a lot done at once. However, research has revealed that our brains aren’t quite as capable of multitasking as we like to believe. Multitasking, according to some studies, can lower productivity by as much as 40%.
It is well-known that we are most productive when we are in the flow state. This is the sensation of fluidity between your body and mind when you are completely immersed in and profoundly engaged in something, beyond the point of distraction. Time appears to have slowed down. Your senses have been sharpened.
When we are trying to do multiple tasks at once, our minds have to switch back and forth. We are never going to achieve that flow state in any of the tasks. Therefore, our productivity goes down drastically.
Planning is the simplest method to begin practising doing one thing at a time. Decide what duties you’ll complete and when you’ll complete them. You’ll be less likely to be overwhelmed by the things you need to do if you’ve planned your day out. You will feel extremely calm, which will assist you in entering the flow state more quickly.
In addition, learning how to get into the flow state, would help you to get more things faster. This is unique for every single person. For example, I put in earphones and listen to the Deep Focus playlist on Spotify while I’m doing the task I want to focus on. You have to try different things and find out what works for you.
4. Stop Consuming Too Much Information
To change your life, you don’t need to read 100 articles and watch 100 YouTube videos on productivity. It makes no difference if you know every productivity tip in the book. It’s all about how you use them in your life to make the most out of your time.
It is not always the case that more is better. When you want to learn something new, go to YouTube and watch a few videos or read some articles to obtain a basic understanding of the concept. After that, it’s all about making connections between the new concepts and what you already know. It’s one of the most effective methods for remembering what you’ve learned.
When it comes to studying coding principles, once you’ve grasped the fundamentals, try to come up with your project. Even if you watched the entire 3-hour course on YouTube, you will realize that there are many aspects that you did not comprehend. You’ll only be able to recall things, if you start from the beginning.
If you get stuck while creating a feature and can’t figure out how to make it work with what you already know, look for it and understand the ideas linked to it. Return to your project and begin building that feature once you’ve learned enough.
5. Batch Small Tasks Together
To boost focus and productivity, task batching is a planning method that combines comparable activities. Many of us are fatigued at the end of a long workday, but we may not have accomplished anything on our to-do list. Because we are frequently interrupted by distractions such as emails, we begin to hop between numerous projects rather than completing one.
Instead, what you should be focusing on is batching your small tasks together. This will make your to-do list shorter and you are more likely to be compelled to cross them off your list.
Simplifying projects into particular tasks helps them feel more doable, and a well-organized plan can let you relax at the end of the day knowing you’re on track.
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