09 Apr FIVE TIPS TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
With summer fast approaching, distractions are multiplying by the day as more and more people pour onto the island. Here are some tips to help stay motivated and achieve maximum productivity levels:
Follow the “two-minute rule”
From David Allen’s bestselling book, Getting Things Done the “two-minute rule” suggests that you make the most of the small windows of time that you have while working. The rule is as follows: If you see a task or action that you know can be done in two minutes or less, do it immediately. Completing the task right away actually takes less time than having to get back to it later, and helps to feel like you’re getting things done. The focus is on taking initial action and letting things naturally flow from there.
Work in 90-minute intervals
Researchers have found that performers who work in intervals of 90 minutes are more productive than those who work 90 minutes-plus. They also found that top-performing subjects tend to work no more than 4.5 hours per day. By limiting fatigue to a level that we can recover from in a timely way, we can help to maximise our time and our productive efforts. Regular breaks also give us an opportunity to step back and get some added perspective, and breathing space can help us see a better way to get things done.
Turn off push notifications
Push notifications for email, texts, social media, the news, the weather – the list is endless – can be detrimental to our productivity. Most workers keep their phones near/beside them during every moment of their waking hours, with eagle eyes checking updates several times in an hour. It’s much more likely that errors will occur when you are interrupted by notifications from a phone during a work task. To boost our productivity, it’s important to recognise not all emails and texts are created equal and therefore don’t warrant immediate notification – so just turn them off.
Take care of yourself
Sounds like an obvious one but taking better care of yourself means you are likely to be more productive. Regular exercise, healthy nutritious food, and a decent sleep all help towards achieving maximum productivity levels. This article suggests regulating your blood sugar with slow-releasing carbs such as beans, berries, oats, chickpeas, and lentils – which are all non-starchy – and sleeping when you need to as opposed to sticking to a strict schedule.
If all else fails, seek some advice from the experts that know what they’re talking about. Motivating podcasts can help to give you that kick needed to spur you into high-speed work mode. Try The Tim Ferriss Show – author of the “The 4-Hour Workweek” – whose show is often ranked #1 business podcasts on iTunes with subjects such as ‘5 morning rituals that will help you win the day’ and ‘How to prioritise your life and make time for what matters’ or Ted Talks – always a winner – and the site has a whole collection dedicated to productivity.