8 Habits That Will Make You More Productive

Jan 16, 2016 524
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Use To-Do Lists Effectively: While to-do lists are becoming more digital, a to-do list should be visual at all times so you don’t miss something important or you should check it regularly.
 
 
Get Enough Sleep: According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the average amount of sleep required for adults is 7.5 but can vary from 5-9 hours.
 
 
Take More Breaks, But Make Them Shorter: The average adult attention span is 20 minutes, which doesn’t seem like a whole lot of time. To keep yourself at your most productive, take frequent breaks.
 
 
If You Get Stuck, Move On To New Tasks: Switch tasks when you’re stuck to allow your mind to work on the problem in the background while you tackle something new.
 
 
Don’t Multitask: With any task, there are so many senses involved and everything needs to be processed by the brain. The brain begins to slow down and can’t process everything, which actually reduces productivity. Do one thing at a time and you’ll do it well.
 
 
Eliminate Low Value Activities: There are lots of these little things in daily life or at work. Ceasing to do them isn’t going to have a long-term effect except that you’ll have more time to do things that actually matter.
 
 
Stop Waiting On Others: There’s always something that can be done. It may require doing things out of the established order, but this will prevent doing nothing.
 
 
Utilize The 80/20 Rule: You achieve 80% of your results with 20% of what you do during a day. Figuring out what fills the rest of your day is as easy as breaking the next project you get down into just the necessary components and working on it in chunks and then identify what causes you to move away from the project. Remove any unnecessary tasks or reallocate them into a portion of your day in which they make the most sense.