3 Tips to Help Boost Your Productivity

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Those who worked more than 55 hours per week had a 13% greater risk of a heart attack, and were 33% more likely to suffer a stroke.

Not only does your ability to concentrate and produce high-quality work diminish, but so does your health. In this post, I’ll talk you through my techniques for maintaining a healthy balance but still being highly productive.

1. Writing a List

Ever feel overwhelmed and there's just so much to do that you don’t really know where to start?

Write a list!

Scientific studies also back this up, with one from Baumeister and Masicampo which found that anxiety about other future tasks can distract us from our current one. “Simply writing the tasks down will make you more effective” as you’re freeing your mind from the anxiety as you’ve effectively promised it that you will do it later.

  1. Label each with a number representing their priority order (you can also use this to group similar activities)
  2. After finishing a task mark it off. The next day review the list and whatever wasn’t completed gets moved into that day's list.

2. Work Less

Here’s a list of ways that I might spend my time.

  1. Workout (4x per week)
  2. Write for Medium (5x per week)
  3. Write as a Guest Blogger (1 per month)
  4. Manage my Craft Beer Instagram account (daily)
  5. Manage my Craft Beer YouTube account (1 per month)
  6. Brew some beer (1 per month)
  7. Listen to Audiobooks (daily)
  8. Read (daily)

They appear to have no benefit to my 9–5 job but their ability to recharge my batteries has an indirect impact on my performance on other tasks.

Work time is for working, living time is for living. Ensure a clear split between the two by compartmentalizing your activities so that time is spread evenly across both. You’ll find that you work less but still manage to get at least the same amount of work done.

3. Laser Focus

The third and final tip is to increase your focus. Writing a list gets you one step closer to this and there are other techniques you can stack on top to ensure you always get the most out of what you’re doing.

Written by

Data and Productivity Writer — Data Architect at easyfundraising.org.uk

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