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10 Ways to Be Your Most Productive Self
Productivity varies among individuals. Why are some individuals more productive than others? Are some just born that way? Of course, our abilities as humans differ, but there is undoubtedly no one taken with a productivity level of 100, but the conscious effort put into personal development has made it seem as though some individuals are […]
Participating in projects as a member of a team requires you to give your all into it as anything less than that will affect the output of a project.
Becoming productive involves self-management. Self-management is the ability to mould one’s development irrespective of external influences present. There is a marked significance between self-management and productivity; proper self-management can increase productivity.
Here are ten tips that could help you become more productive:
Identify Obstacles: How do you identify obstacles? Here’s a clue, make conscious efforts to note what you do during the day, during your productive time. Evaluate those things which take the bulk of the time. It could be something as apparent as spending so much time on social media or something seemingly as harmless as spending so much time on the dining table. It could also be being something in your place of work, like spending some time at a co-worker’s desk. Inter-personal relationships are meaningful, but you have to identify if it is an obstacle or not. Once something has been identified as an obstacle, a solution should be found to it.
Build Habits: Developing some good habits will certainly help while dropping some others will be a good idea. One of the patterns you should lose is procrastination. If you can complete a task now, then get to it right away. Shifting duties may mean rescheduling, and it could also mean you will work under immense pressure under a tight schedule. So if you can do it right now, get to it.
Use Tools: Tools are apps that can help you self-manage. Use selected tools to enhance your productivity. You cannot use all the tools available, that alone is a task. So select just some that could assist. So you could use time management tools to help you analyze time spent on specific tasks, calendar tools to help with scheduling, tools for meditation, tools for fitness. There are a variety of tools out there, and you have to be specific in choosing an instrument. Choose a tool according to your needs.
Set Priorities: Make a list of tasks that needs to be completed daily. Analyze them, which is more important? The football game or completing the tasks for the team? The movie or the book? Recreational activities are critical, but not at the expense of labour. In essence, we are saying make a to-do list in order of urgency, accomplish the more important tasks, if there is enough time remaining, you can carry on with the less important ones.
Establish a Rhythm: Establishing a rhythm comes from making every point above. When those points have been put into practice, then you can establish a rhythm, a way of living. You now have a set time of waking, a set time for sleeping, time set apart for rest, and time set apart for work. When you establish a rhythm, you understand what time of the day you are sharper, and you structure your schedule to favour that time. Creating a rhythm is important because it makes you more accountable to yourself when the day doesn’t go as well as planned tracking the fault may not be demanding as you can quickly identify what you do on other days that you didn’t do on that day.
Trust the Process: Good things take time. You have got to be very patient to experience the change you desire. It is often said that patience is the ability to wait actively. So while you are out there working on being more productive, you must be patient because the change won’t happen overnight. One thing that should be noted is that you should tailor your productivity system to your needs. No productivity system is perfect. It may take a lot of mistakes to get just the right arrangement for you. Understanding yourself and creating a system that works for you is usually the hardest, but once you have worked that out ensure to keep at it and do not lose concentration.
Learn to Decline: Sometimes, you have to politely decline some offers because they eat deep into your time and obstruct your schedule. Before considering options that are not on your original plan, you have to be truthful to yourself and ask how it affects you, and if you could work it simultaneously with what you have. If no, then it should be a no-brainer, you can’t possibly put yourself at a disadvantage because some dude from the other team needs you. In all, if you are offered something out of your original schedule, don’t be in haste to answer, buy time, and decide.
Speak to Yourself: Once in a while, you could stand in front of a mirror all dressed and speak to yourself. Speak confidence to yourself, look yourself in the mirror, and reassure yourself. There are some days that you may not reach your targets; they are days you may feel down; those are days you need to speak to yourself. You are an entire team, your coach, your player, and your supporter, so assume all three roles. Even on the job, when things seem as if they are not going according to plan, you can mutter some words under your breath to boost your confidence.
Evaluate Yourself: You have to evaluate your progress now and then. The aim is to be your most productive self, don’t lose sight of the target. Continually review yourself and check how far you have improved. That way, you will know where you need to add more effort.
Treat Yourself Right: In your schedule, there should be time to rest. Eat right, sleep well, exercise regularly, go for a medical check-up, keep the body, and mind sharp. Don’t allow the entire system to overwhelm you. Give yourself regular breaks once in a while. Only a healthy person can be productive.
In conclusion, personal productivity level can be increased with the right mindset with the right attitude to work in the right team. Always remember that you like every other member is an important part of the team and finding what spurs your productivity will lead quality output on projects.