Each one of us, whether at work or at home or organizing an event must have heard or might have intrinsically thought or done something related to the word we often use, “Productivity.” While there could be a standard definition or several people defining in their own ways, the basic concept is the same, just being efficient, effective and producing the maximum benefit of your time and energy. The human brain has capabilities to do that, there are some people that are able to do one thing for a longer period of time, while there are other people that just produce results in a snap and are successful in a short period of time. The difference is they just know the right ways to use their brain power, time and also must have learned to couple their brains to some other folks that can compliment their thinking. There had been several tips, principles, ideas, steps that were written on this topic, but there is no one single extensive list that if you follow will improve your productivity.
Here are top three unique and novel ideas to increase your productivity everywhere and in everything you do.
- Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize: This is the top thing to do. There are a ton of things ALWAYS on your plate to do. If you just follow one list and tick off each and every task on the list, then your most important things will go on the bottom of the list and never be done. Above all, there are always new surprises that just get added to the list and never that list will exhaust, it only keeps growing. When you get multiple things to be done all at the same time, just take a minute, pause, think, and then decide which one is the most important thing to do at THAT TIME and move it to the top. This could be at work, creating tasks or developing code or writing documents or it could be at home, even taking kids to classes or going to gym or making a meal. Just decide which one is most important and the best thing to do THEN. (Remember this is entirely different from just doing things as they come on the fly without planning. This is disorganized, chaotic and unproductive way of doing anything.)
- Follow your heart and passion: This could be at the top, but even if you follow your heart and passion and chose the work you love to do the most, you still have to prioritize. You love to do everything on your list, but all of them cannot be done at the same time by a single person. Unfortunately, there are only a few of us that are able to follow their passion, but if you are one among them, treat yourself lucky, because the satisfaction that comes from it is priceless and you don’t have to work extra hard or stress out to be productive. Doing the work you love is always productive, make a vision board and follow it with a smile.
- Exercise Minimalism: This may sound strange and unrelated, but it is very effective and adds a lot of time in your life. Many of our ancestors were very minimalist and they were the happiest, smart and efficient people we had ever seen. With the advent of many electronic gadgets and people these days inundated by several choices, there is no end for anything. Just live with what you need and use the electronics wisely for the benefit of the things you are doing, but just like with anything else, going overboard with something will only deplete you of mental or physical energy and the mind gets numb thus leading you to stress and eventually inability to be productive. And if you have minimum things to take care of, whether it is a piece of furniture, clothing, electronics, anything that is materialistic, then you have a lot more time to do things that are dear to heart, playing with your kids, enjoying a bright evening or a sunset, going on a walk in the woods, instead of de-cluttering your house and or your mind. This will eventually reduce your to-do list and hence will make you more productive.
The process is simple. 1. Choose the right thing to do. 2. Do it with heart. 3. Be efficient. These simple steps will lead you to productivity right away!!