5 Ideas for Improving Your Personal Productivity

There are far too many distractions in daily life. Email, mobile phone, social websites, video websites, colleagues that just want a quick chat… The list goes on. Every one of these things can stop us doing exactly what we need to be doing and achieving our daily goal. But how can we avoid these distractions and how can we best organise our daily lives to achieve our best productivity?

1. Set a goals list. This is actually our last task of the day before. If we have a clear idea, well ahead of time, of what the next day should achieve, we will be able to start the next day ready to go. The other big benefit of making up the next day’s schedule is that we can sleep on it and let our subconscious mind work on the problem for us, ready for the day ahead.

2. Set a time limit for each task. Almost all of us work best to a deadline. It almost turns it into a game to beat the deadline – which of course you will shorten the next time you have a similar task. You can also see if a task will need more time that you will need to allocate for the next day’s task list.

3. Break big tasks into smaller jobs. Big jobs always look more terrifying. Having the personal satisfaction of completing part of a job beats the feeling of failure because you didn’t complete the whole thing.

4. Promise yourself a reward in advance. Especially for a more difficult or longer task. Whether it’s just a cup of coffee or an extra cookie, you and your body should feel that the effort put in has been worth while. A small sugar or caffeine boost might not be what a doctor would order, but it should be something extra to your day. Perhaps 5 minutes on Facebook is your idea of a treat.

5. Switch off the distractions. It really is as easy as that. You don’t need a window open to the social media all the time. Close down the email program until you are ready. Tell colleagues that you will make time for them later, once your current list is complete. They will get the idea very quickly that you shouldn’t be disturbed and you may just inspire them to be of the same mind when they see how much more you get done.