In this article, we’ll look at some essential productivity hacks to change your habits in the workplace, and towards your colleagues and therefore the team took as a collective.
Therefore, you are required to make an effort.
It would be best to look at productivity hacks like a tool to ensure that your mind interacts with what is around you, resulting in improved productivity for you and your team.
The key to improved productivity
As stated by the Cleveland Clinic research center, multitasking is the enemy of productivity
“When we think we’re multitasking, most often we aren’t really doing two things at once, but instead, we’re doing individual actions in rapid succession, or task-switching,”Cynthia Kubu PhD
Our brain switches between tasks continuously making us less productive, so here come productivity hacks.
#1: Know Yourself
No, you do not need to reflect and analyze yourself.
Just try to figure out if you are a morning person or night person, or even an evening person.
Once you figure out your peak productivity hours, you will plan your day accordingly and get the most done in these hours.
Your peak productivity hours are the hours when you can do your best work.
For many of us, that’s a challenge. Research shows that we have an average of six different priorities that compete for our time during any given day.
We know, because it was the case for us. With busy lives, we found it hard to prioritize our tasks and projects. Without a clear view of what to do next, we were always distracted by shiny new things and would get stuck in endless meetings which hurt our productivity.
The concept I wanted to get across in the post is that you do not need to reflect and analyze yourself.
It’s not a complicated and lengthy process. There are no complicated mind maps or flow charts. No need to take ten minutes out of your daily routine to plan your day.
#2: Have an “Ideapad”
You are having lunch, your mind wanders, and suddenly the light bulb in your head goes off. It’s one of those “I should remember this” light bulb moments. One solution is to write it down as soon as possible.
You can put it on paper, or if you are feeling ambitious, fire up your word processor or a note-taking app and jot it down. This way, you won’t be struggling to remember that one idea that always eludes you.
#3: Get into the flow
Forget reality. Zoom in on your work.
In other words, the more you get into the groove, the easier it is to be productive.
#4: Go offline
Social media is the biggest threat to productivity in today’s world.
So, turn your notifications off or log out of your social media accounts. Do not check your social media until you have finished your tasks for the day, no matter how tempting.
Not wasting time on social media alone can make you way more productive.
#5: Checklists, lists
One of my favorite productivity hacks. Lists are your productivity guardians or the productivity police.
Making lists may be old-school, but lists are incredibly effective at holding you accountable. Lists tell you how productive or unproductive you were that day.
Lists also prevent you from wasting time on deciding what to do and help you remain organized.
So, start listing.
There are a lot of great productivity apps out there that help you stay on track. However, sometimes the apps aren’t enough because you have to switch between apps to get things done.
For example, if you have to do a task in Evernote, but also have to add it to your to-do list, you have to switch back and forth between apps and it takes more time than it should.
But all this is about to change thanks to Akiflow, which does exactly what you want: brings the best tools together.
Akiflow is an app that combines your daily tasks with your calendar in a simple and intuitive way. It will allow you to be more organized and productive. You don’t need to switch between apps anymore, just import your tasks from any tool directly into your calendar.
#6: Make batches
This is a guaranteed way to stay on track.
Batches are nothing but a grouping of similar tasks so that you can finish them off together. By practicing batching, you won’t feel like you are doing the same task over and over.
For example, you can batch writing reply mails, submit feedback, and answer Facebook messages together and get them done simultaneously.
#7: Use the 2-minute rule.
Small tasks come first.
We encourage you to use the 2-minute rule. If you can finish a task in under 2 minutes, do it and get it over with. There is no point in scheduling something that quick. Do not set up a recurring task for something so small. This will clutter your calendar unnecessarily.
You can read more about the 2-minute rule here.
#8: Set up a productivity corner
I know this one sounds very elementary, quite literally, but try it.
Have a little productivity niche for yourself. Fill it with things that help you focus and keep you comfortable, but don’t use it for anything except work. This will be your productivity corner, where you can brainstorm, work endlessly, and be in the zone.
Don’t forget to keep it tidy!
Change is hard.
It may seem daunting, but productivity hacks are in place to help you improve work habits and be a better teammate and coworker.
Some of these hacks are a little more complicated than others and do involve some time, effort, and patience. However, they will enable you to create a better workplace and ultimately be more productive as a company whilst doing so.
Also, don’t forget that these productivity hacks don’t have to be monumental–there doesn’t have to be a drastic change in how you behave on a day-to-day basis. They’re just tools meant to guide you towards positive changes so that you can focus more on the job at hand.