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March 12, 2021

8 Guides to Productivity Hacks

Staying productive is truly a big challenge for everyone, try the following hacks above to improve your productivity, especially at work.

Everyone seems busy when it comes to completing day-to-day tasks. While it may look that way, many have experienced less productivity during the day, even though they look heavily occupied!

Furthermore, there are a sheer number of people taking into productivity apps to enhance their daily performance. Although the app may help some, not many employees and entrepreneurs find it useful for their activity. In contrast, the app often distracts them from keeping track of their schedule.

Being productive is indeed a good thing. When employee productivity is high, a company can expect excellent outcomes as they complete their job effectively. If you're an employee yourself or a thriving entrepreneur, being productive can give you a sense of achievement. You can get energized from finishing your tasks and will be ready for the next to-do lists.

Here are seven hacks to achieve productivity at work.

1. Set Daily Goals

If you determine a goal before commencing your work, you'll be more aware of what you'll be doing. Often, people don't have something to expect at the end of their work, resulting in a low working spirit. However, when you have an expectation for every task, it'd be much easier to do the work. 

Setting a goal can significantly improve your productivity. That's because you know if the work will contribute to your future career. Although repetitive and laborious jobs may look daunting to establish your goals, having a clear objection will help you maintain your work pace and eventually increase it.

2. Tackle The Hardest Task First

This part is probably an underrated opinion on productivity hacks. Many have spoken about doing the easiest thing before going onto the dreaded task. When it comes to a hard task, people delay it most of the time as they avoid being indulged in the challenging situation early in the day.

However, when you keep postponing the overwhelming task, you're not getting it done eventually. Often, the most challenging part of doing the task is the start. That's why when you've started your work, you'll find some sort of accomplishment of tackling down the dreaded task.

Having difficult tasks done earlier can ease your next job. You won't worry much about another task as you've completed the hardest part.

3. Don't Multitask

If you think multitasking will help you finish the job early, you need to stop this habit immediately. The reason is that multitasking will only dread you from many responsibilities. You can't focus on each job as your mind keeps running around.  

Multitasking doesn't look cool as it may seem to be. In contrast, multitasking can let you be occupied with many tasks without having them done.   

Instead, you'd focus on one thing and finish it as soon as possible before jumping into another task. When you focus on one work, you'll access the information faster that makes your work done earlier. 

4. Keep Distractions Away

Mobile devices are one of the greatest distractors in a working environment. Small events like notifications can quickly divert you from the job. Thus, you need to keep away mobile phones if you're at work.

Even when you use personal computers for work, you can still get distracted by accidentally spending your time on Google. Or, if you have access to social media, this can be a huge challenge not to delve further into consuming animated videos, for example.  

Many things can capture you away from work. However, you can manage all these things if you want everything to get done by putting away a tool or access that causes distractions.

5. Take A Break

Having the work done is everyone's goal. Many people try to complete the task as soon as possible as it sounds productive. However, that doesn't necessarily mean you have to juggle all the way to accomplish your goal in less time. 

In fact, having yourself dreaded from taking a long working time can harm you in the long run. You'll get easily tired and lose focus at the same time as you wish to clear things up immediately. 

You need to take a break once in a while. Breaks will freshen your mind and motivate you to continue the job. Having a short work break can loosen muscles, increase moods, and refresh the body. That way, you'll be ready for the next task. 

6. Write It Down 

If you never take notes before, consider making one whenever possible. Writing down important points can ease your mind from having the burden to remember. You will help yourself from forgetting the essential note and let you focus more on the actual job.

Having a note can also help you manage your work efficiently. You'll instantly know what needs to be done or improved here and there. Writing notes down will make your daily task much easier as you've spread out the important things.

7. Plan For Tomorrow

Did you know that knowing your task beforehand helps you handle the job better?

When you have set things for tomorrow, you can prepare all the resources needed prior. Making a tomorrow plan will help you manage your priority and get it done. You should consider checking the next day's tasks to ease your job.  

Bottom Line

Being productive is essential to achieving the utmost result. However, staying productive is truly a big challenge for everyone as many things can now easily divert us from work. Having a productivity app seems a bit hard to maintain since you can unintentionally make yourself distracted by the app. Instead, you can try the following hacks above to improve your productivity, especially at work.

Andre Oentoro
Andre Oentoro
Andre Oentoro is the founder of Breadnbeyond, an award-winning explainer video company. He helps businesses increase conversion rates, close more sales, and get positive ROI from explainer videos (in that order).