By Elisi Studios
If you get distracted it can take you around 23 minutes to get back on track. We live in a world full of distractions. It may be more fun to interact with the distractions instead of doing what’s important.
Below we’ll look at how to stay productive in a world where you want to do everything but work.
Focus on One Task
When you multitask you may believe you’re getting more done. Yet, you’ll find if you do the tasks separately not only will you get them done faster, but you’ll do them better as well.
When you do one task at a time it’ll help better focus your mind and keep you on track.
Perhaps you’re multitasking and don’t even realize it. This could be listening to music or having a movie or show on in the background. Try to turn off the noise as it’s just another distraction.
Try doing your most difficult task first. That way all tasks after will feel like a breeze. If you do the simple tasks first you may find you don’t have the energy to do the more difficult task later.
Change Your Environment
Maybe you’re completing your tasks in a location where there is a lot of foot traffic or noise. Perhaps you’re too comfortable in your current space and can’t force yourself to work. If either of these is true, try finding a new location to get your work done.
Put Devices Away
Another form of distraction is devices. When you need to get something done, make sure your phone or tablet isn’t near you. You’ll be more likely to avoid the temptation of looking at them.
Turn off notifications as well. The sounds can draw you towards your phone and distract you from your tasks.
Make a Schedule
One way to get yourself to be productive is to create a routine. Make a schedule of what you would like to get done each day. If there is something you need to do every day, make sure it never leaves your calendar.
Once you have everything in your schedule, create deadlines for yourself. Make sure to write the deadlines down, otherwise, you’re less likely to follow them.
Get up Earlier
To start the day right you need to get a good night’s sleep. Otherwise, you won’t have the energy to get through the day.
Once you get up in the morning, try setting your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier. Then you may not feel as rushed to get things done in the morning. Your levels of stress will be reduced.
You can fit in time to exercise, drink coffee, take a shower, anything that will help get your mind more motivated.
Take Short Breaks
Remember to leave time for breaks in your schedule. Working all day isn’t realistic. You’ll be more stressed and fatigued.
Do the opposite of what you had been doing. If you were sitting, get up and walk around, and vice versa. Try to keep from thinking about the task you were doing before to get the full benefit of the break.
Try taking five-minute breaks throughout the day.
How to Stay Productive in a Fast-Paced World
Hopefully, you have a better idea of how to stay productive now. It may not seem like these methods work at first, but remember you need to do them continuously to make them a habit. There is no quick fix.
Review our blog to learn other habits you can start to improve your life.