8 Effective Strategies to Boost Your Productivity

Psychologists say that procrastination is a sneaky way for us to stay in our comfort zones. Procrastination is an act of self-sabotage, highjacking your goals.

Productivity is also a habit, it can be cultivated and strengthened over time. Here are 8 ways to work your productivity muscle and get more done:

1.  Tough Tasks First

Your mental energy is limited. It wanes and depletes throughout the day. Studies on circadian rhythms show that you’re at your peak alertness and energy within the first few hours of waking up. That’s the prime time to do the work that you find most mentally challenging.

2.  Impose Shorter Deadlines

Ever heard of Parkinson’s Law? It is the rule that says that a task grows or shrinks according to the amount of time given to it. So, if you give yourself a month to do an assignment, you’ll take a month to get it done. But if you find out that you have a project due in two days, you’ll get it done in two days.

You can leverage this law by giving yourself shorter deadlines.

3.  The 2-minute Rule

From David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done. David explains that we spend more time deliberating on whether or not to do a task, than the time it’d take to actually complete it. If a task can be done in around two minutes, rather than put it off until later, simply get it done.

You can adjust the rule and break your large tasks into small 2-4 minute chunks and work on them consecutively.

4.  Self-Inspire

Your emotions are a powerful tool for taking-action. But instead of sitting around and waiting for inspiration, put yourself in the driver’s seat. Harness your emotions through apps, videos, speeches, quotes, or music.

Motive is an app that offers inspirational content based on your settings for time of day and how often you’d like to be inspired. You can wake up every day with positive daily mantras, quotes from historical leaders, contemporary authors, philosophers, spiritual thinkers.

5.  Work-Rest Cycles

study on employees’ computer use and efficiency found that the most productive 10-percent worked hard for 52 minutes, then took a break for 17 minutes.

The “Pomodoro” technique follows a work for 25 minutes, followed by a five minute rest cycle.

Your sweet spot may fall anywhere in between those two. Experiment and find your most productive work-rest ratio.

6.  Single-Task

Multitasking only works when one task is exceptionally mundane and done on autopilot. Otherwise, it is better referred to as “task-switching.” Our minds work better focusing on one task at a time.

Procrastination can happen when you have too much on your plate. Narrow down to three important tasks, and then take on one at a time.

7.  Declutter Your Workspace

Mess causes stress. And stress cripples your productivity. When people are inundated with physical mess and clutter, that mess is transferred into your mental state.

Making sure your workspace is decluttered gives you psychological and mental breathing space, and allows you to focus better on work. If you’re too busy, it might be time to hire someone to tidy up your space.

8.  Website Blocking Tools

You cannot fall into the abyss of YouTube if you cannot access it. Here are two free resources that will block access to designated sites for your chosen amount of time:

Self Control; Self Restraint.

5 Replies to “8 Effective Strategies to Boost Your Productivity”

  1. great tips Thai especially the 7th one yes “MESS creates STRESS” so better of clear all your mess i would like to add Discipline as one of the strategies DISCIPLINE is also an important aspect which will help you boost your productivity

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