The secret to becoming productive is to find out the root cause?
- Why am I struggling to work?
- Why don’t I feel happy doing this any longer?
If you are reading this article, this means that you are tired of struggling for so long and you have finally decided to find out the cause of the issue.
You must ask these questions and answer them sincerely if you really want a solution.
A lot of things can affect a person’s productivity, even the most persistent employee can become less productive.
You are probably wondering why?
It’s quite simple, something else is occupying your thoughts.
Most companies and organizations deliberately give their staff vacations and free days for workshops, seminars, or conferences.
In another organization, it might be called “team bonding day”
Team bonding day is a work-free day where most staff can unwind and enjoy each other’s company. It could be on a weekday or on the weekend. During team bonding day, you are free to come into the office at a later hour.
All these activities are strategic tools put in place by employers to boost their staff’s productivity.
As a human, when your mind is not stable, you tend to struggle with work productivity.
It is true that your personal life and work-life are two sides of a coin. However, you cannot easily differentiate them especially when your mind isn’t balanced.
A productive staff/person is someone with balanced physical and mental health.
Now we have the backstory, how can we become more productive.
7 tips to become more productive
You need productivity in different areas of your life. If you are a student, you need to be able to study your books, go to classes, complete your assignment on time, engage in-class projects and maintain good grades.
As an employee, you need to be good at what you do. You need to come to work on time, complete your tasks and ensure that you make your boss satisfied with your job.
Finally, if you are an entrepreneur, you need to be extremely productive. Pay close attention to these tips and cultivate them to reap great benefits.
1. Upgrade your knowledge constantly
Your skills and talents can only take you so far, you need to be willing to put in extra efforts to keep up with the trend.
The “trend” in this context refers to the recent upgrade in your industry.
Say a big no to overconfidence and be willing to learn about recent trends in your career path.
If you don’t want to become obsolete, the only thing you can do is to become relevant and the only way you can be relevant is to engage in personal development.
Take courses, attend seminars and conferences, learn to network and finally apply the skills you have learned.
Most people learn a lot but they fail to apply what they have learned; you shouldn’t be like this.
Acquire knowledge and ensure that you apply all that you have learned.
2. Rest (Learn to take a break)
Stop behaving like a robot, you are human. Give yourself minutes, hours, days, or weeks of rest.
During your period of rest, you can learn and put off applying for a later time.
You can also choose to fully rest without engaging in any work-related activity.
The choice is completely yours to make. Most of the time, people cannot rest because they have procrastinated a lot of work.
Procrastination is not your friend; it will make you feel overwhelmed and tired. Like Nike will say, just do it.
Get it done, there is absolutely no need to put it off. If you put it off today, you will have to do it tomorrow or next.
Hence, there is absolutely no need to put it off for later. Get the job done already so you can rest later.
3. Accept corrections
Do you feel nasty or sad when someone corrects you? That’s not a good feeling. If you feel sad, you will likely not accept the corrections.
When someone corrects you, listen carefully then retrace your steps to identify your mistake.
If you do this, there is a high chance that next time you will avoid an error because you listened to the corrections.
This would lead to a boost in your performance and productivity.
Everybody makes mistakes, even professionals. Your ability to recognize your mistakes and make necessary corrections will make you more productive.
4. Spend less time complaining
The time you spend complaining can actually be used for more productive activities.
It’s no secret that people can be annoying and overbearing. However, when has complaining ever resolved the issue?
Instead of complaining, why don’t you look for a way to resolve the situation.
If you feel overworked you can talk to your superiors about it.
Make sure you prepare before approaching them; tell them it’s affecting your productivity and reducing your efficiency.
You both can work on a process to effectively manage your workload.
5. Avoid distractions
Nothing reduces one’s productivity as much as distractions.
When it’s time to work, you should dedicate your time to working. Quit the habit of scrolling through social media when you should be focused on the task at hand.
Stop watching funny videos or talking to your colleagues when you should be working.
If you spend your working hours sleeping or engaging in other tasks this will affect the flow of every other thing.
When it’s finally time for you to sleep or scroll through your social media feed, you would have to spend it working.
6. Arrange your tasks based on priorities
There are so many things you should be doing, a lot of tasks you need to get done within 24 hours.
If you don’t arrange your tasks based on priorities, then you might end up achieving nothing.
If you normally work on 3-4 tasks at the same time, this is also not a productive habit.
Get a book or an organizer then write down all the tasks you have for a month, week or day.
Arrange these tasks based on;
- Most important
- More important
- Not important
Pay close attention to the tasks that are time-bound and focus on them.
7. Get tools/software
We live in the Gen Z era, a period where technology is ever advancing. You need to join the trend to avoid less productivity.
There are so many work tools you can use to get a job done in a short time frame.
Not all operations should be done manually. Automate tasks with softwares and search the Internet for tools that can help you stay productive.
There are so many distractions in the world, you need to make the decision to ignore them.
Say no to procrastination and ensure that you apply the above tips to remain more productive.