Top 5 Productivity Tips
Top 5 Productivity Tips
Many people feel overwhelmed with their work, and something always needs to be done. With many people working, getting everything done can take time and effort. When you feel like there is too much work, it’s time for some productivity hacks.
1. The Pomodoro Technique
Francesco Cirillo developed this technique in the late 1980s. This technique improves your productivity by increasing your focus for a set time. It does this by dividing your work up into small intervals of work and short breaks. A Pomodoro timer can be used, or you can use the following steps to split up your work and breaks:
– Work for 25 minutes without interruption
– Take a 5-minute break
– Repeat four more times
Several applications can be used to keep track of the Pomodoro, like Tomato Timer and Pomodoro, which is available as a chrome extension.
2. The 2 Minute Rule
According to Raphael Avraham Sternberg, the 2 Minute Rule is a decision-making technique that can help you overcome mental blocks and make decisions faster. The 2 Minute Rule states that if you have any problem or question, take 2 minutes to decide on it instead of letting it linger.
– Is this project worth doing? Yes/No
– If you approve, then do it. If not, then kill it
– If you don’t know how to do it, then learn how to do it
The 2-minute rule can speed up your workflow and production value if done correctly. Knowing when and how to implement this rule without rash decisions will improve productivity.
3. The 80/20 Rule
This method is based on the idea that 20% of your efforts produce 80% of your results. It is a powerful tool to make sure you are focusing on what matters and cutting out the rest. The 2nd rule is that focusing on the 80% will save 40% of your time.
– Focus on what is important
– Cut out unimportant tasks
– Your results will speak for themselves
Using this rule in conjunction with the Pomodoro technique and the 2-minute rule can help you get more done in less time. It is important to focus on what matters and cut out the rest.
4. Work in Short Intervals
Working long periods can cause your energy to dip and focus to waver. By breaking up your work into short intervals, you can keep your energy up and be more productive. Short breaks allow you to re-focus more effectively when you return and make more time for productive work.
– Keep your energy up by doing small tasks during the day
– Avoid procrastination by keeping work sessions short
– Have mini goals of what you want to finish
While taking longer breaks at times is important, you must keep yourself productive with smaller goals throughout the day. Make sure not to let yourself get distracted by trying to do other things like watching TV or browsing Facebook.
5. Use a To-Do List
According to Raphael Avraham Sternberg, use a to-do list to keep yourself productive by reminding yourself of what tasks you need to accomplish. When you are writing something down, it can help you remember better. There are several to-do list services on the web, but I’d recommend using the one built into your computer, Wunderlist, which is free with a premium option that adds some extra features.
Use this tool as a reminder and planner for what needs to be done and nothing else. Make sure not to let the other distractions get in the way of your productivity.
Start small, try them out, and see what happens. If the productivity hacks don’t work, they are easy to remove. Once you have mastered the productivity hacks, implement them into your current workflow and see what happens.