How to Increase Your Productivity

It can be difficult to obtain a consistent level of productivity. As I wrote last week, we are sometimes blocked by feeling that we just don’t want to do something. Others things that can hinder our productivity include the following: a) not knowing how to get started or b) becoming overwhelmed with the number of tasks we need to complete. Despite these challenges, we need to find effective ways to complete our tasks. In today’s post, I’m going to share some tips that can help you increase your productivity.

Tips to Increase Your Productivity

1.  Start with self-care
I believe this is an important first step because many of us have a habit of placing our needs last.  I have definitely been guilty of jumping out of bed and straight into work without taking any time for myself.  I find that when I do this, I burnout quickly and don’t have the energy or motivation to get as much accomplished as I’d like to.  By starting our day with self-care activities, we set the tone for how the rest of the day is going to go.  Your self-care activities could include the following:  a) time for spiritual reflection or devotion, b) exercise, c) eating breakfast, d) connecting with a loved-one, or e) reading a book.  Whatever the activity, what is most important is that it is something that nourishes your spirit and gives you energy.

2.  Write “To Do” lists
I’m sure most if not all of you have used a “To Do” list at some point in your life.  Simply making a bulleted list of what tasks you need to accomplish in a day is a great way to help you keep track.  This written list can help you feel a sense of accomplishment as you are able to check off each item when it’s been completed.  It can also provide motivation to help you keep going as you see yourself moving down the list.

You may also find that you would like to use a list that is even more detailed that the one described above.  If so, please check out this link for free planner templates from Productive Flourishing.  The templates are updated monthly and are a great resource to help you become more organized.

3.  Take breaks
Last but not least, try taking breaks throughout the day.  Working on one or several tasks without a break, can increase your chances of burning-out.  Taking small breaks throughout the day gives you a chance to reset and approach each task with a fresh set of eyes.

In a world in which each of us is increasingly becoming more busy; it is more important than ever to find effective ways to manage our responsibilities.  By taking time for self-care, writing “To Do” lists, and taking breaks, you will be on your way to becoming more productive.

How about you?  What are some things that you have tried that help you feel more productive?  Please share in the comments section below.

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