A while back, I wrote an article on Appreciating distraction, which centers on how and why we should appreciate taking some time off from our busy schedules in order to unwind and be more productive. Mostly, we get distracted because we lack focus in our tasks and cannot concentrate for longer than a few minutes. This obviously hurts our productivity.
The Pomodoro technique: Extremely simple, yet highly effective technique of time management. All you need to do is set yourself small targets – like studying for 25 minutes, or cleaning the house for 25 minutes – and see them till the end. Once you are done, take a 5 minute break and start again with another task. If you follow the link, you will be taken to the main website, where the innovator of this technique has carefully crafted advanced versions for mastering this technique. Admittedly, it really makes me wonder as to how such a simple technique can be advanced – but I am curious to know more!
Turn off the internet: Yes, this too is as simple as it sounds (can you see a trend here?). I personally suffer from lack of concentration when Facebook and Twitter are just a few clicks away. If you are anything like me, then switching off internet for some time will go a long way in increasing productivity. Obviously, if all your tasks are to be carried out online, then you might be trouble. If this is the case, go back to the Pomodoro technique.
Make a List: Yes, this too has been discussed often at the Next Goal. The relevance of making and crossing of lists cannot be underestimated. You will feel more organized and as an extension, more productive, if you have a list of things that you need to do. Prepare a list before you go to bed, and keep striking off things as you go through it the next day.
Clear your Clutter: I have often in my articles alluded to the importance of clearing up clutter. This process will take no more than 5 minutes every day, and will dramatically improve the efficiency with which you carry out your tasks.
Set Daily Targets: Setting targets help. For example, if you are writing, set a limit that you will hit before tour head hits the pillow. It could be anything – 1000 words, or 10 articles. Anything that pushes you to achieve a particular target will give you enough motivation to succeed. However, don’t punish yourself if you are unable to meet that goal (though feel free to reward yourself if you do!)
I hope these tips have been helpful. Do check out the Pomodoro technique, I don’t think the short description I shared really does it justice. Do share any more tips or techniques you might have!