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How To Boost Productivity

Boosting Productivity

Productivity is very important in the life of every creator. It is not about just being busily occupied with jobs, it is about being efficient in the least amount of time assigned. Did you know it took me literally 15 minutes to write this article? Scroll down and come back up. Impressive, isn't it? This had been my major hurdle as a creative person - to be more productive. You would agree with me that procrastination is a major challenge for many creatives. Everyone wishes they could get more done in a day. Here's my list of five ways to boost your productivity.

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1. Track Your Time

Being oblivious to your time is one of the major factors of procrastination. Let’s say you planned to design a logo or something. Then for your inspiration, you decided to check out other logo designs on Pinterest. By the time you finally got to work on the project, you realized you got carried away. The worst part is you didn't know where the time went to, and you've got nothing important done. Has something similar happened to you? The same happens when you're even working on a project. 

Tracking your time is a great way to take back control of how you’re spending the minutes of your day.

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Use tools like Toggl or TimeDoctor to track each task and the amount of time it takes you to complete it. Then, you can view reports that show you exactly how you’re spending your day and where your time is going. You’ll be able to identify what seemingly wastes your time (like social media and too much email) and get rid of them. This goes a long way to boost your productivity.

 

3. Eat That Frog

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Want to start fighting the irresistible urge to procrastinate? I came across something called the two-minute rule.

Here's how it goes. If you come across a task during the day that takes about two minutes or less, pause and perform that.

Tasks like responding to a Facebook message, send an email, post your design on Instagram etc. When you tackle such things as soon as they pop up, you would be able to get more than during the day. You won't have a lot of tasks hanging around, waiting for you to do them.

3. Tackle the Small Tasks

Want to start fighting the irresistible urge to procrastinate? I came across something called the two-minute rule.

Here's how it goes. If you come across a task during the day that takes about two minutes or less, pause and perform that.

Tasks like responding to a Facebook message, send an email, post your design on Instagram etc. When you tackle such things as soon as they pop up, you would be able to get more than during the day. You won't have a lot of tasks hanging around, waiting for you to do them.

4. Cut Down Multitasking

This one might sound counterproductive, but if you want to get more done, stop trying to do so many things at once.
Multitasking makes it harder to focus. Contrary to what was previously believed, though switching between tasks makes you feel productive, it actually makes you less productive.

Every time you switch from one task to another, you lose a little bit of time while your brain shifts gears and all of this lost time adds up.
Humans aren’t designed for multi-tasking. If you want to boost your productivity, do yourself a favor and stop trying to do ten things at once. Instead, give your full attention to the task at hand. You’ll be surprised at how much more you get done.



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5. Watch Out For Distractions

Does this happen to you with your smartphone by your side? You are working on a project. Then every few seconds you get a notification for a Whatsapp message, Instagram like, or a tweet.

Imagine another scene where people knock or come into your space to discuss a matter or ask many questions when you're working.

Interruptions and distractions take a serious toll on productivity. A study from UC Irvine found that the average worker gets interrupted every 11 minutes – and it takes them a whopping 25 minutes to get back on track with their original task. That’s a lot of time lost to answer a Whatsapp message.

If you want to boost your productivity, you need to eliminate as many of those distractions as possible. Put your phone in airplane mode. Use Freedom to block yourself from any distracting websites or apps.

When you’re working on a project, throw a “do not disturb” sign on your door or on your desk. The fewer distractions and interruptions you have throughout the day, the more you’ll get done.

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