We have all experienced those frustrated thoughts, in a moment of desperation, which sound a little like, “There isn’t enough hours in the day” or “How do they find time to do that, I’m too busy!” Yes, we are all guilty of doing this at one time or another. Sometimes, with the weight of our jobs, family, leisure time and those dreaded trips to the gym (or lack there of) it is hard to get everything we want to get done. However, it isn’t impossible…
It is pretty straightforward to understand that the more productive we are, the more we will get done, thus the more we can achieve. So, we have to be productive to be successful! But… how?! Follow these four simple tips to being more productive (and more successful):
Whatever it is you’re doing, BE FULLY COMMITTED. Taking on tasks or jobs but trying to complete them while being distracted does not allow for high quality results. It’s great you are taking on an extra task or a new hobby, but if you don't fully commit it could yield lower results than what you are capable of. Even if you get it done (eventually) and you try and convince yourself that you’re productive, because you got it done, being distracted and not dedicating the correct time and energy while performing these tasks will only negate positive results but cause the task to take longer than necessary. Whatever you do, do your best, fully commit!
2. Multitasking is the enemy
We all have been lead to believe that multitasking is a talent, a skill, and a virtue for us fortunate enough to be able to do it. What we aren’t realising though is that multitasking leads to distractions, which causes tasks and project to take longer than necessary. Research has stated that the human brain is not actually meant to multitask and that we are actually pretty terrible at it (GULP). The extra tabs up on your computer (Facebook, YouTube, maybe some online shopping) leads us to lose focus on the task at hand, which just adds time to the project and deducts time from our other jobs or personal time.
3. Cut out all interruptions, even the friendly ones!
“Hey, can you take a look at this quickly for me and let me know what you think?”
This line is a little too familiar to us all, whether it is someone at work or someone at home. Helping out and looking over others’ work is a great way to gain a second opinion and some advice. However, it’s got to be given at the right time. It sounds a little harsh at first because we all want to help our friendly co-workers but we have to help ourselves as well. When you are working on something, and you are really ‘in the zone’, any distraction or tiny break from your work can derail your train of thought and momentum. To avoid this happening we cannot give in to ANY distractions, but you don’t have to say “no” and offend anyone. To get the best of both worlds we simply (and kindly) have to tell our friendly co-worker that “I’m just working on Project X, can I take a look in 20 minutes?” Thus, no feelings are hurt and we are still KILLING this project!
4. Hang out with productive people
Your mothers’ probably gave you the same speech about what kids you should be friends with at school, and they were usually always the ‘good kids’, the ‘smart ones’, the ‘teacher’s pets’, star athletes etc. Well, mum was kind of right! To get the best results within yourself it is imperative to constantly be motivated and strive hard towards what you want to achieve. Hanging around unproductive, uninspired people will only cause you to mirror their behaviour and attitudes. You don’t have to go through all of your friends and completely cut everyone who doesn’t seem to fit the ‘over-achiever’ role, however you need to learn to evaluate who uplifts you and causes you to work harder, compared to the ones who don’t. Try to spend more of your time with the people who make you want to try harder and succeed more, all the while inspiring them at the same time! It’s the circle of success.