Most of the time, being more productive means finding a better work-life balance and learning to mitigate the small stressors that eat away at the efficiency and psyche.
These hacks will help you maximize your time and happiness.
Work-Life Productivity Hacks
1. Know Thyself
What time are you at the peak of productivity? Now, plan your most crucial tasks during this time. If you are a genius between the hours of 10 pm and midnight, then, by grace, do all you have to do to block this time and do it.
If you need a little help to find out about your maximum productivity, check out this application that promises to help you find it.
And if you work at home, here are some special tips for you.
2. Skip Facebook
It can be tempting to log in and just take a look at what your news feed is doing, but it's a dangerous move when you're trying to do something . Before you know it, you are entangled in a network of pretty animal videos and profiling, and 30 minutes later you realize that you have entered the Facebook time chain.
A study showed that 23% of workers cited Facebook as the destination for "wasting time".
But what if it's your job to manage social media profiles for a company? Try to stay in planning applications like Hootsuite to not be tempted to log in? – Or check out the Facebook at Work product that promises to keep your work and your private life separate from the network? – And to limit the distractions of screaming goats. ]
3. Ditch the Smartphone
The average user of a smartphone checks his device 221 times a day. When your cell phone is out of sight during working hours, it frees you from your mind – unless you are so far that you do experience a ghost cell phone vibration. In this case, start rethinking your relationship with the technology.
4. Forget multitasking and just focus
You might think that you are more productive by sending these emails during a conference call, but think again. Multitasking reduces the efficiency and quality of work (moreover, research shows that it literally reduces your IQ). So when you have to do something, focus on the task at hand for better results.
And keep in mind that studies show that the human brain can only concentrate for 90 to 120 minutes before having to take a break.
5. Reinvent your inbox
Emails create a list of things to do that other people create for you. So, you have to handle this daily boredom somehow.
Schedule some hours of the day when you check your emails and stick to them. You can try to approach the email in the morning, after lunch and at the end of the day. And for the sake of God, disable email notifications.
If you think this will be a problem for your teams or customers, let them know in advance how you communicate throughout the day.
You can also check apps that let you manage your inbox, such as Productive Inbox, SimplyFile, or Boomerang for Gmail.
6. Change your decor
If you feel a little foggy midaf afternoon, try looking out the window in nature. No window? No problem? – A study found simply by looking at a computerized image of nature helped to increase attention.
Even better is to take a short walk to the outside. Research shows that a 30 minute walk at lunch time can help people cope with stress and stimulate excitement for the rest of the afternoon.
Just 15 minutes of mindfulness meditation can lead to more rational business decisions – not to mention a better team work, to be more creative and a whole series of ideas. health benefits.
Not the yogi guy? Try the Headspace app, which brought meditation to the masses. So go ahead and get your ohm.
8. Ask for help and delegate
There is power in numbers. And frankly, there are things you do not do well that you probably do not want to do. When you feel overwhelmed with tasks or overwhelmed by tedious work on your plate, ask for help.
Guaranteed there is someone out there who can do the tasks you do not want 10 times better (try searching in Upwork), so find the person and delegate!
9. Create a Time for Innovation
Google has made famous the idea of giving team members a percentage of time to work outside of their usual projects and on what they think would be most beneficial to the team. ;business.
If you "do" constantly, you do not have time to innovate. Doing the same widget day after day does not allow you to think of new widgets that you could create.
Try to set aside time to work on something that will move the needle.
10. Be agile
The agile approach of building products and software and project management is pioneering in other areas of business and even in people's privacy.
A popular method is Scrum (an agile framework), which breaks down large tasks into smaller items that are worked and usually completed in a one week sprint.
11. Get an ergonomics
Sitting is the new smoker, you do not know. And some research suggests that even if you exercise but sit for long periods of time, your health is in danger. Not to mention pain, pain and fatigue can be a real productivity killer.
Fortunately, there has been innovation in workstations that offer affordable sitting seating options, armchairs that move with you more naturally, offices that tilt and even allow you to take a nap. (By the way, the nap has also been linked to productivity.)
Reissued with permission. Original here.
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