Written by Baylen Whitfield
We are all rich when it comes to possessing a certain valuable resource. That valuable resource is time. There are 24 hours in one day on earth. That length of time is the same for all of us that inhabit this planet. Not one second more, not one second less. But how do some individuals tend to accomplish more than others when given that same 24-hour time frame? Some people not only accomplish more tasks within that time, but they also have more time to do many of the things that others may not even imagine they can do with busy schedules. For example, some people may have nearly a full day of tasks to complete day in and day out because of their occupation(s) or lifestyle they choose to live but also find a way to make plenty of time for a family get together, their child’s dance recital, a friend’s birthday party, vacations, and plenty more. Many may wonder how is that possible with their busy lifestyles and only 24 hours in a day. The answer is productivity and how you can maximize your productivity throughout your day. Here are five steps to increase your productivity throughout your day, and maybe even double it, so that you are making the most of your time daily.
- Eliminate Interruptions
Identify your biggest interruptions and figure out how to eliminate them. For example, if you know you’re not good at concentrating when studying for an exam or working on a major project then maybe a bar or while out with friends isn’t the best time and place to try to do those things. Once interrupted it can take close to 25 minutes to get back to being productive, which could result is a wasted two hours in one day. Get serious, seclude yourself in a quiet workspace, and work!
- Become Organized
A survey of U.S Office Professionals found that 66 percent of workers are spending close to 30 minutes everyday looking for stuff they lost or misplaced. That’s 30 minutes that could’ve been spent doing something that they actually enjoy. Simply maintaining good upkeep, and organization of time and items will decrease your chances of wasting that 30 minutes in your 24 hour day.
- Plan In Advance
These days everything from our smart phones to smart watches has a way to make list or plan your day.
Take advantage of that or simply invest in a Moleskine planner. Write things down, group them into similar tasks, and prioritize them based off importance. Business and leadership coach Brian Tracy stated, “Every minute you spend planning saves ten minutes in execution; this gives you a 1000 percent return on energy.” So if you plan for 12 minutes at the start of your day, that possibly saves you 120 minutes or two hours for execution.
- Turn Off The Internet
Research shows that the average person spends 1-10 hours a day on the Internet. That’s literally 1-10 hours of the day a person spends watching YouTube videos, updating their Facebook, tweeting meaningless tweets to receive attention from the world, or liking Instagram photos when they could be increasing their productivity.
- Stop Multitasking
Many will believe that multitasking is good because it saves time, which is true for some cases including simple tasks. But besides not being fully engaged with the tasks at hand, according to research, multitasking during important and difficult tasks takes a toll on our mental energy, which ultimately decreases our productivity.
Simply following these steps will allow you to increase your productivity and possibly double your productivity throughout your day. I know for a fact that simply disciplining myself to put my phone down and stay away from the Internet allows me to get a lot more work done and be more productive. So I feel that applying the other steps from this blog will indeed allow an individual to not only accomplish more throughout their day but also have more free time to spend doing whatever they choose.
Below is a video for more tips on maximizing your productivity!