You have Facebook, Twitter, endless apps on your phone, YouTube videos, Vimeo videos and countless other distractions that make being productive difficult. You used to procrastinate for a couple of minutes texting someone, but now you find yourself scrolling down on your Newsfeed with no finality for an hour. To be truly successful in 2015, you have to learn how to keep focused in a stimulus rich environment, otherwise your productivity will plummet.
There are more important activities you could be getting done rather than checking your friend’s Facebook page and you know it. Here are just a couple of tips from SuperGrad to help you focus your mind on the important things:
Be sure to write a to-do list at the end of each day. This needs to become your habit because without one, you will spend a lot of time faffing and your productivity will be a fraction of what it could be. At SuperGrad we teach graduates how to do this in less than 5 minutes, so there really is no excuse to not do it.
Everyone loves a good party, but we all need quality sleep to perform at our best. A big night out before a day in the office will see your productivity drop. So if Wednesday has become your new Friday, it may be time to reconsider your strategy if you want your productivity to soar.
At SuperGrad we often ask the graduates we meet what is most important to them, what they want to achieve. It’s amazing how many time we get answers such as “I want to be happy” or “I want to be successful in what I do”. While this is great to hear, it usually indicates that you have no real idea where you want to be or how you intend to get there.
For your goals to be reachable, they need to be clear. You might want to own property by the time you’re 25 or see the 7 Wonders of the World. To get there, you need money. To get X amount of money, you will need to hit specific targets at work. Set milestones for your achievable goals and this way you’ll have a clear idea in mind about when you’ll get there, but most importantly, how you’ll get there.
In recruitment and sales roles, we deal with rejection a lot. It’s easy to feel insecure about your performance and feel bad about yourself. That’s the worst thing you can do in terms of productivity. You’ll just end up not doing much and wallowing in your self-pity. What you should do instead is change what you’re doing – do some admin for a while, get out of your head, then come back to what you were doing and just do it better this time.
When you’ve been working for a couple of hours straight, it gets increasingly hard to be productive. Your mind gets tired and you end up working like a robot. No one said that being productive means working non-stop. Go outside, take a walk, buy a snack and come back to work with a clear mind and a fresh perspective. A couple of short breaks a day will make a huge difference in terms of your results!
There are lots tools that can help you be more productive, but until you get into some healthy work habits, no smartphone app will be able to help. So take a moment to think about what you could improve on, change your habits and reap the rewards in terms of your productivity.