If the cold winter months are making you want to do nothing more than hide under a blanket all day, we completely understand. How can you motivate yourself to be productive when it’s so cold and dreary outside? Well, here at CreativeIncome, we are dedicated to banishing those winter blues and helping you get back to work.
Last week we brought you the first half of our list, 10 Ways to Increase Productivity. And this week we bring you Part 2! So let’s just right in, shall we?
6. Minimize Distractions
There is nothing worse than a good work flow being interrupted by something. So be proactive and try to prevent distractions before they happen. Turn off notifications on your phone and computer. If you’re very tempted by electronics, then put your phone out of site, and restrict your internet access from sites that will eat up your time. If other’s demand your attention throughout the day, learn to set boundaries with them so that you can have uninterrupted time to focus.
7. Don’t Be a Perfectionist
We understand that you want to produce quality products that consumers will treasure. And we admire that dedication. But if you’re spending an hour on a project that should really only take you a half hour… maybe you’re getting a little too caught up in the details. Don’t let perfectionist tendencies get in the way of being productive.
8. Take Regular Breaks
No matter how diligent of a worker you are, everyone needs a break every now and then. Take time every day to step away from your work and unwind. Go and have a snack, take a walk, or just take a few minutes for yourself to clear your mind.
9. Trick Yourself Into Being Productive
Still struggling to get your work done? We’ve got a few tricks for you. Try working in shifts. Work for 90 minutes, then break for 20 minutes, and then repeat. Or, you could try the (10+2)*5 procrastination hack. Set a timer, and work for ten minutes. When the timer goes off, give yourself a two minute break. Then repeat the process until an hour has gone by. The idea is that eventually, you’ll become so engrossed in a task that you won’t need those two minute breaks anymore.
10. Reward Yourself for Accomplishments
Did you complete a big task today? Were you able to check several things off of your to-do list? Good for you! Reward yourself for working so hard. Have an extra slice of cake for dinner, or treat yourself to the new pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing. Positive reinforcement never hurt anyone 😉
Check out these great sources for more productivity hacks!
15 Ways to Increase Productivity at Work from Inc.com
12 Tips For Increasing Productivity from Forbes.com
15 Productivity Hacks For Procrastinators from Lifehack.org
28 Life Hacks To Make Your Day So Much Easier from Refinery29.com
How to Increase Your Efficiency at Work in 10 Steps from MyDomaine.com
9 Ways to Be More Productive from Elearninginfographics.com
Comment below and let us know, what are your tips for increasing productivity?
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