Simplistic tools for more productivity
Updated: Dec 19, 2020
We get overwhelmed when we take a look at everything we need to accomplish. In most cases, it only takes small changes to make an impact when it comes to managing tasks and assignments that need to be completed or trying to balance chores, work and other family responsibilities.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Mark Twain
The hard part is being intentional about making small changes and sticking to some kind of plan of action or holding yourself accountable to keep on track. Reminders in the form of sticky notes or encouraging messages on your phone or reminders on your calendar will help to keep you on track. The key is to find what works best for you.
Here are 10 simple ideas:
1. Use a planner and preferably use only one. The chances are if you have multiple planners, eventually something will slip and you will forget to write down your plans in both or more planners. Place everything in your planner, even social events or trips to the grocery store so that you can plan your time accordingly.
2. Close computer tabs. When working on a project or deadline, close any tabs that are not needed so you are not tempted to get distracted. Switch your phone off or place it on silent so that it doesn't beep while you are busy.
2. Set time slots for productive work like homework, assignments, projects, bills and accounts or any important tasks that need attention. Schedule specific times in the day when you know you concentrate the best and have the least distractions.
3. Stop multitasking. Focus on one thing at a time and you will be much more productive.
4. Watch TV and movies consciously. When you just sit in front of the TV without planning to, it can be such a time-suck. Plan what programs you want to watch so that it doesn't interfere with work that needs to get done.
5. Set boundaries. Learn to say no to things that negatively influence you or get you off course with completing work.
6. Find a new passion or interest. Its important to do things you enjoy. It helps with stress levels and increases motivation in general. Ideas may include community work, study online, join clubs, meet up groups or bible study groups, exercise etc
7. Wake up at the same time everyday. When you oversleep, you will feel like the day is almost gone and you will not feel motivated to do much work. Wasted time can never be regained and wasted days will end up costing you greatly.
8. Plan ahead, be proactive and anticipate when possible future events could disrupt your schedule.
9. Set up a study or support group where you can hold yourself and others accountable to complete homework or give other support where needed in your life. You could even create a motivational group where you share motivational messages with one another.