Maximizing your productivity is easier said than done — especially when life throws curveballs like the current COVID-19 pandemic your way.
But if you can change the way you think about your daily tasks, you can increase your productivity once and for all.
Here are 4 ways to increase your productivity.
1. Identify Your Passion
Jon Bon Jovi was saying, “Nothing is as critical as passion. Be enthusiastic.” Being enthusiastic is good for your wellbeing — it activates the two most powerful neurotransmitters in the brain, dopamine, and oxytocin. This keeps you young, concentrated, and driven to excel consistently.
Passion can also lighten your workload; you’ll spend more time on what you love rather than waste it on unnecessary or unimportant activities.
At some point, if you feel your passion is waning, take a break so you can reflect on your values, celebrate what you’ve accomplished, and give yourself time to rest and recharge.
2. Choose to be Productive, Not Busy
“Productivity put simply, is the name we give our attempts to figure out the best uses of our energy, intellect, and time as we try to seize the most meaningful rewards with the least wasted effort,” Charles Duhigg writes in Smarter Faster Better. “It’s a process of learning how to succeed with less stress and struggle.”
You first need to admit that not everything can be a priority. In addition, you need to identify what’s essential and necessary. That’s where your time and energy should be spent.
3. Do Less
While this may sound counterproductive, it’s true when it comes to productivity. In fact, according to a 2014 study, long weekly hours — as well as long daily hours — don’t necessarily yield high output. After working more than 50 hours a week, productivity per hour falls. After 55 hours, however, productivity drops so much that it’s pointless to keep on working.
Just focus on your goals, and remove everything from your schedule. When you have established what your priority needs, make sure you give it 100 percent of your attention.
This does not mean multitasking anymore. Eliminate obstacles, and work during the day with a break in between, in 90-minute periods.
4. Detach Every Morning and Reattach Every Morning
How you start and end your day plays a huge role in your productivity. Just imagine how your day would be if you overslept. You’d jump out of bed and feel “off” the remainder of the day.
Think about the times you stayed up well past your normal bedtime working on a project. Exhausted, the next day was a wash.