When doing work that we don’t particularly enjoy, we often get lazy or suffer from low self-esteem. When working for long periods, it’s only natural to feel that way.
And it isn’t easy to boost your morale and performance, but it will become easy once you implement seven productivity hacks that we bring forth in this article.
We often mistakenly think that we can do multiple things at a time. From a scientific point of view, multitasking is a myth. Our brains aren’t programmed to multitask, rather they can only perform one task at a time.
Turn Off Alerts
Most of us have dozens of apps downloaded onto our phones. Thus, our phone rings constantly. To concentrate on one task, it’s best if you put your phone on silent mode and focus on the task at hand so that the alerts don’t disturb you. Or, better yet, make use of the ‘Airplane’ or the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode.
Join a Coworking Space
Productivity often takes a dip when we’re remote working, the problem can be solved if you join a coworking space. A coworking space provides you with a dedicated working space that allows you to unleash your creativity by working with different, yet like-minded people.
The space is equipped with all the office furniture and supplies, and there are no distractions that you would ordinarily have at a home. Regardless of where you live, you can find a coworking space in seconds if you search for it online. So a coworking space might just be the answer to all your productivity woes.
Most of the time, we ramble, tend to get tensed or frustrated, and forget things. Having a disorganized routine affects our productivity and mental health, so organize yourself. The following tricks might prove to be useful:
- Set-up a work desk for yourself that has all the work essentials. Also, put small pot plants on it, green unleashes our creativity.
- Keep a water bottle, coffee, or tea mug on your desk.
- Keep tissue papers at bay.
- Sit on a comfortable and an adjustable chair
- Adjust your workspace at a place where you get lots of sunshine
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Eat Healthy Foods
Many of us make the mistake of over-indulging in food when we get hungry or are low on productivity and we eat unhealthy snacks. So, whenever you get hungry, especially when working, always eat healthy foods, such as nuts and fruits. Fruits are rich in water and they energize you. Try to avoid oily foods, caffeine, and sweet food as much as possible, they’ll give you a sugar rush, but you’ll be far less productive later.
Set Small Daily Targets
Most of the time, we aren’t productive because the task is too much, or we feel overwhelmed. In other words, laziness gets the best of us. The best way to feel underwhelmed and up to the mark is by setting a small achievable task for yourself. If, for example, you have to write eight reports in four days, you ought to be done by at least two every day. That way, you won’t leave everything for the eleventh hour and nor would your laziness get the best of you.
Do Not Over-read The News
The news can be a tremendous time sink. The idea that we need to keep up to date with what’s going on all across the world is largely outdated and virtually impossible. Most of the news today is prettily packaged garbage–it’s trivial, depressing, and unreliable. If something major happens, you will find out one way or another. Instead, focus your attention on what’s useful and actionable in your life.
This can also be said of social media. Try to minimize your time on social media as much as you can, especially from places like Instagram and Snapchat, where people tend to post their picture-perfect moments. Social media is not only unhealthy for your mental and physical health but also hampers your productivity.
To curb your time online, you can do the following:
- Make use of social media reminders
- Turn off your Wifi when working
- Put your phone on ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode.
- Unsubscribe from online newspaper subscriptions
It’s normal to have some bad days, but if your bad days are consistent and your productivity is rock-bottom for consistent days, you should be worried, but with the hacks that we have told you, it should be easy to get yourself on track.
As a last tip, if you lack motivation, always have a diary of motivational quotes with you.