How to Be More Productive (Article 7)

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably felt frustrated by how much time you spend on routine tasks like checking email and scheduling meetings. But here’s the good news: you can get much more done in a day if you focus on the right things.

STEP 1: Set Your Priorities

Start by setting realistic priorities for yourself. Do you really need to check your email every 20 minutes? Will a quick Google search really change your life?

STEP 2: Prioritize Your Time

Prioritizing your time is a bit like prioritizing your food. You won’t eat much junk food if you first fill your plate with healthy fruits and vegetables.

To prioritize your time, start with your top priorities. For example, I know that I need to get my blog posts written. If I only had a few hours left, what would I do? Write another blog post? Check my email?

STEP 3: Cut Unnecessary Tasks

If you find that you’re spending too much time on one task, cut it out. It’s not worth it to spend an hour every week reading email. Delete it and make sure it never comes back into your inbox.

STEP 4: Schedule Daily Activities

Create a schedule for the rest of your day. If you know that you’ll be busy all day long, you’ll be more productive.

STEP 5: Break Down Long Tasks

Many of us have long tasks that we dread, but they don’t take nearly as long as we think.

Start by breaking down your task into smaller steps. You can break up a large task into two smaller tasks and two smaller tasks and so on.

STEP 6: Use Technology to Your Advantage

The internet is full of productivity tools, and you can use them to your advantage. You can use web apps to block out time for certain tasks. You can use the Pomodoro Technique to manage your time more effectively.

The best part is that these tools can be used for other things too. For example, you can use your website to manage your time.

STEP 7: Use the S.M.A.R.T. Method

If you’re trying to get more things done in a day, there’s a way to make sure you accomplish what you want to accomplish. It’s called the S.M.A.R.T. method, and it stands for:

S: Specific

M: Measurable

A: Attainable

R: Relevant

T: Time-bound

The idea behind this is that you should define exactly what you want to accomplish, then you can measure how well you are doing.

STEP 8: Stop Doing Things That Aren’t Necessary

Do you find yourself checking email after every meeting? Are you constantly refreshing your Facebook page? If you can stop doing these things, you’ll be more productive.

STEP 9: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Sometimes, you just need to try something new. Take a risk and start working from a different location. Maybe you can work from home for a while. Or maybe you can try working for just an hour instead of the standard eight hours.

Try doing this once a week and see how it goes. You might find that you’re actually more productive when you’re working from home or when you work for just an hour.

STEP 10: Set Boundaries

Boundaries are essential to being productive. They keep you focused on the right things.

Set your boundaries in a few different ways. First, set time limits for yourself. Don’t stay up late reading emails or browsing Facebook. Second, set clear goals for yourself. What do you want to accomplish today?

Finally, set deadlines for yourself.

STEP 11: Track Your Progress

Keeping track of your progress is important. If you’re trying to lose weight, you can’t expect to see results if you don’t measure your progress.

Track your progress by writing down your activities and measuring them. Maybe you could write down how many emails you sent and how many you answered. Maybe you could record how many minutes you spent on each task.

STEP 12: Reward Yourself

If you make a big accomplishment, reward yourself. For example, if you meet your goal, give yourself a gift card to a local store.

STEP 13: Celebrate

You can also celebrate small accomplishments. If you’ve completed a task, mark it off on your calendar and celebrate.

STEP 14: Plan for the Future

You can also plan for the future. How do you want to spend your time in a year?

Think about the things you want to accomplish in a year, and then make plans to accomplish them.

STEP 15: Learn to Say No

You should say no to some people. You shouldn’t have to say no to anyone, but you can’t help everyone.

You can learn to say no by thinking through the situation. If you’re going to say no, what are the downsides of saying yes?

STEP 16: Have Fun

Having fun is a great way to boost your energy. Go out and have a good time.

2 thoughts on “How to Be More Productive (Article 7)

  1. Hello , Hind from Iraq
    How to more productive
    1-set your priorities
    2- prioritize
    3-cut unnecessary tasks
    4- schedule daily activities
    5- break down long tasks
    6- use technology to your advantage
    7- use specific measurable attainable relevant time bound .
    8- stop doing things that aren’t necessary
    9-get out of your comfort zone
    10- set boundaries
    11-track your progress
    12- reward yourself
    14-plane for the future
    15-learn to say no
    16-have fun

  2. How to Be More Productive (Article7)
    I went through the above article. All points are very relevant, appropriate and applicable to the current time. they are related to each other. By keeping them in mind and implement them in our daily life we can do a lot, we can create or produce large amount of something. A productive worker makes more widgets than the shirker who keeps sneaking out gossip and drink coffee.

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