There will always be those days where you struggle even to get the smallest things done. You sit at your desk and have some vague ideas as to what tasks you need to accomplish for the day. However, the minutes pass and turn into hours, and before you know it, it’s time to go home. This feeling of lethargy when you struggle to get anything done is not one that fosters a productive environment. In this article, we review a few tricks you can use to break out of a slump to help you get more things done.
Keep reading for twelve nifty lifehacks to supercharge your productivity and get more things done.
1. Make Your Bed
This one may sound a little strange to you, but something as simple as making your bed in the morning can set the stage for you to keep being productive throughout the day.
By making your bed, you will accomplish one task before you have even left home. Doing this will put you in the right frame of mind for getting things done once you reach the office and start work for the day.
The best part? Making your bed takes hardly any time at all. A simple investment of five minutes can pay huge dividends by getting you in the proper state of mind to have a productive day.
2. Make A To-Do List
This one is especially helpful on those days where it seems like you have endless work.
If you do find yourself in this situation and it feels like you have a never-ending stream of work to get done, start by writing out all of the things you have to do in a list.
Once you have a to-do list made, rank your tasks by order of importance. This way you can ensure that those crucial jobs get done first, and you don’t waste your time working on less important things.
The best part about this trick is that feeling of satisfaction you get when crossing an item off your list.
3. Create A To-Do List For Tomorrow
This point is pretty similar to the previous one, but it is important enough to warrant its own entry.
By taking a few minutes at the end of the day to plan out your next day, you are still in the work frame of mind. You are well aware of what you need to accomplish tomorrow.
Furthermore, you can save yourself from spending a few minutes at the start of your day planning out what you have to do. This way, when you get work the next day, you can dive right in and start knocking tasks out.
4. Take A Break
Maybe this sounds a little unintuitive, get more work completed by working less, but keep reading.
Sometimes it is so easy to get stuck in the weeds of working without taking any breaks that you burn yourself out.
Maybe you have spent several hours on a single project and find yourself unable to be productive when you switch to a new task. When you find yourself in this situation, take a quick five-minute break to take your focus away from your work.
Letting your brain rest for those five minutes will enable you to come back to work feeling reenergized with a fresh mind.
5. Get A Coffee
Coffee is great at helping you stay focused. So if you find yourself unable to get things done, take a break just long enough to make yourself a coffee.
Not only will the coffee improve your focus, but switching your focus to making coffee from working will act like a mini-break.
You’ll come back to work with a fresh mind and start to get more things done in no time.
With that being said, don’t overdo the coffee though. The last thing you want is to get all jittery and unable to focus by drinking too much coffee.
6. Take A Nap
This is certainly not possible for everyone, but those of you who are students or those of you who work at home can take advantage of it.
If you are unable to get things done because you are feeling tired, take a quick power nap. Close your eyes for no more than twenty minutes. You will come back feeling rested and able to focus.
In regards to this tip, the key to getting more things done is to have enough self-discipline that you get up immediately after your nap.
Those of you who fall asleep too easily or have trouble getting up might want to avoid this tip.
7. Put Your Phone Away
Now, more than ever, your phone can be argued as the largest distraction in your life. You might take your phone out for a quick break and end up being distracted by it for an unproductive amount of time.
Furthermore, even if you are not looking at your phone, it can be a powerful distraction for you.
To get more things done, put your phone somewhere out of reach. This could be as simple as leaving it in a different room, storing it in your backpack, or even locking it in a drawer.
The idea is to take away the impulse of checking your phone. Removing this distraction will enable you to increase your productivity and get more things done.
8. Break Larger Problems Into Smaller Ones
Sometimes you are motivated and focused on overcoming the problem you are facing. However, the sheer size of the problem or project is intimidating and keeps you from getting more things done.
If you can relate to this, try to break your paralyzingly large problem down into smaller chunks. Keep breaking down these chunks until they are small, actionable items that you can accomplish in a day.
Chances are that the large problem you are facing won’t be solved in a day or two. Do yourself a favor by identifying the smaller tasks that you need to complete in order to finish your entire project.
By accomplishing some of the smaller tasks that are required, it will help you recognize that you are making progress towards solving your larger problem.
9. Listen To Instrumental Music
Sometimes, putting on a little background noise is all you need to help focus and get more things done.
Furthermore, background music can help tune out the distracting noises that might be heard from around your workspace. Eliminating distracting noises will enable you to give your full attention to the tasks you are working to accomplish.
For starters, try listening to instrumental music so you do not get caught up focusing on the lyrics and trying to understand their meaning.
Alternatively, try listening to the soundtrack of your favorite movie while you work. It can help you focus and put you in the right mindset to get more things done.
10. Be Selfish
It’s not often that you are told to be selfish, so take advantage of this tip.
If you find yourself unable to get more things done because other people are demanding your time and energy, don’t be afraid to say no. Instead, focus on getting your work done. Constant interruptions can lead to you being unproductive.
If you are in a position where others report to you, consider setting up a timeslot daily or a few times a week. During this time, subordinates can ask you any questions they might have. As a result, you can be more productive without constant interruptions several times a day.
As nice as it is to help others, you will be hurting the entire team in the long run if you help others at the expense of getting your work done.
Be sure to have some perspective when applying this tip. It is not suggesting that you avoid helping others with truly pressing problems.
11. Make Reverse Decisions
This might be another niche tip, but if you find yourself paralyzed by making decisions, read on.
When you are unable to get things done because you are deciding from a multitude of options, start by eliminating the options you don’t like. Sometimes it is much easier to remove one option from many than to choose one to do.
As you remove options, you will naturally have fewer and fewer choices. Soon, you will just have to choose between two options.
Another great way to enhance this tip is to give yourself a timer and commit to making all decisions within that time. Sometimes a firm deadline is all that is required for you to make a decision.
12. Stop Thinking So Much And Just Do Things
As Nike has famously told all of us, “Just Do It.”
Sometimes the best way to get more things done is not some cute trick or fancy organizational scheme, but instead to just start doing things.
If none of these tips are working for you, use this as your cue to stop reading this article. Put your phone down, and tackle whatever task you have to do.
These tips can only help you so much. The rest is up to you to make sure you start working on the tasks that require your attention.
Hopefully, this article has been helpful, and you can start getting more things done. Focusing is hard sometimes. Using these tricks will help get you back on the right track. In no time, you will be getting more things done than you thought possible.
The realization that there are 86,400 seconds each day. What are you doing today, so that tomorrow you are a step closer to where you want to be? If not now, then when?
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