How to increase productivity(By doing less)

how to achieve high productivity by working less.

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How to increase productivity(By doing less)
How to increase productivity

Productivity advice is everywhere. But in reality, we do the same work that we did on Monday and the same on Saturday so, What’s different is how much time we spend worrying about being more productive and learning more about it. I am currently reading a book called strategic mindset which states how to leverage the knowledge you gained after planning to boost your productivity in the long term. You’ll learn how to stop doing so much unimportant work, and instead, focus on the activities that have a high return on investment of your time.

Why you’re more productive in the morning

There are a few reasons why you might be more productive in the morning than during the rest of the week. - You’re rested. I usually sleep 6 to 8 hours a day. Sleep is essential for your mental and physical health, and a poor sleep schedule can hurt your productivity. You’re rested and ready to go when you start work on Monday morning, but by Friday you’re likely to be exhausted and desperate for the weekend. - You’re less stressed. Even if you have a job that’s not particularly time-sensitive, you’ve likely got a bunch of tasks you have to do this week. And if you have anything like a normal life outside of your job (kids, significant other, exercise, etc.), then you have a lot of things to do that might be stressing you out.

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Stop doing all the things

The first thing you should do is stop doing all the things. This sounds crazy, but when you look at the data, it’s the best thing you can do for your productivity. if you are like me opening 'N' of tabs at a time then please stop doing that because that's where it all goes wrong and that's what I learned in these past days and set a time limit for a certain work you are doing If you give them an hour, they’ll take an hour. If you give them two hours, they’ll take two hours.

Pick a single task at a time.

Increase your focus with a 15-minute break

There’s another factor that influences your productivity, and that’s the focus. Focus is a limited resource. You have a certain amount of it at any given time, and once you’ve used it up, you’ve got to let the rest of your brain catch up on other tasks. The best way to ensure you’ve got a constant flow of focus to support you through the day is to take regular breaks. Short breaks have been shown to increase productivity, and as a bonus, they decrease the chances that you’ll get distracted from your work and switch to another task. Anywhere from five to 20 minutes is a good amount of time for a break. You don’t want to go too long because you’ll lose focus before you come back.

Review your to-do list and decide on your 3 highest-priority tasks

Now that you’ve got your morning rituals down and you’ve taken a break, you’re ready to look at the list of tasks you’ve been trying to complete all week. Reviewing your to-do list can be a powerful productivity tool, but it’s important to use it correctly. If you’re just ticking things off your list, you’re only completing tasks, not boosting your productivity. There’s an important difference between the two. You may be able to cross off a bunch of items on your list, but if you’re not focusing on the most important tasks, your productivity won’t budge.

Only do those 3 tasks for the rest of the day

If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll probably find a few things on your to-do list that you can cross off straight away. They may be important, but they’re probably not urgent. You’ve got to be ruthless here. Any tasks that are low priority should go straight to the bottom of the list. Only focus on your three most important tasks. These should be tasks that fit the following criteria: - They’re important: The world won’t end if you don’t do these tasks. - They’re urgent: If you don’t do them now, you’ll miss a deadline, or something bad will happen.

And finally

Improving your productivity is all about getting better at managing your time. You don’t need to do more work; you just need to do what’s most important. This means you should focus on your three highest-priority tasks, and spend as little time as possible on everything else. Make sure you get enough sleep, find focus through regular breaks, and only focus on the most important tasks. With these strategies, you can be sure you’re spending your time as productively as possible.

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