Life is an exam where each one of us gets a different question paper. Nevertheless we all feel that we need to master our productivity skills. True, that there are certain things that cannot be changed, like the calendar. Again there are certain things that can be changed with little effort and willingness, such as our attitude and approach towards life. So why not get kick-started and reap the benefits?

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. -Paul J. Meyer

15 Effective Tricks To Increase Productivity

Below are some very simple yet effective tips that you can adopt to increase your productivity substantially.

  • Maintain a Sleep Schedule: A sleep schedule is something that you can gift your overall health and well-being. Your body would silently thank you for maintaining a consistent early wake-up time. When you wake up early, you are bound to earn a lot more time than what would happen in case of late rising. Thus you will automatically increase your productivity by starting off with your daily chores early.
  • Rejuvenate yourself with Morning Yoga & Meditation: Your day should begin with Yoga in the early morning. It is the best way to keep you energized, increase concentration, heal stress and also enhance spirituality.
  • Visualize your entire day: We all know that planning is the key to success. The same is true when it comes to planning your entire day ahead. Once you are up, you should plan out a perfect day; you are the only one who can decide what best you could achieve throughout the day. It would hardly take fifteen minutes to do this exercise; but gives you an entire fruitful day in return! While you sit to visualize your day, you must keep a pen and paper so that you can write down what you think. It is obvious that you would likely be making alterations while you chalk out the entire day’s activities. In order to increase your productivity, as the day proceeds, you can keep a tab on the check-list of your tasks, prepared on priority basis and keep on achieving them one after the other.
  • Setup Alerts, Reminders; Mark your Calendars: In order to spend a very productive day, you must set appropriate alarms and reminders to back you up.  Take help of Google Now to setup alerts or reminders easily!  Mark your calendar appropriately for meeting, tasks or appointment schedules and share them with your partner as and when necessary.
  • Always try to take Baby Steps: The famous saying of Lao-tzu goes like, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Instead of taking giant leaps, take small steps at a time. When you divide your entire journey into smaller targets and celebrate after meeting each of those, you would end up being a lot more productive. Did you know that you are more likely to be a winner if you follow the 80-20 rule which states that in any situation most of the results get determined by a small number of causes. To put it in simpler words, 80% of your outcome would result from 20% of your inputs.
  • You must Clock your Talk: Optimize your conversations. While communication is the heart and soul of human life, unnecessary talks can spoil everything. If you engage in talking over long hours whether over phone or online chats, you would consistently be curbing your productivity.
  • Follow your routine meticulously: The schedule that you have set for yourself at the start of the day should be maintained by all means. It was none other than you to make this timetable or checklist what so ever you call it and it has to be you to follow it blindly.
  • Be a Doer than an Over Thinker: Emphasize more on execution rather than planning. When you go over-board thinking on something, you lose out on the time to perform. Instead, you must concentrate on doing more.
  • Avoid Multi-tasking: While you look at your to-do list, concentrate on doing one task at a time. Multi-tasking would divide your attention and hence tamper with your optimum level of productivity. On the contrary, uni-tasking could make you finish off with one fast and help you get on with the next.
  • Process your Decisions Fast: As the day progresses, you might need to take many crucial decisions that will affect the current and future outcomes. In such cases, you need to decide fast. Being slow in taking your decisions could end your day without you fulfilling your targets in which case, somewhere inside your heart, you might feel defeated.
  • Group your Tasks: Remember the old saying, ‘birds of a feather flock together’? Apply it in your daily tasks. Try to group similar tasks so that you can handle those as a block. This would help you finish faster and increase your productivity simultaneously. Clubbing similar tasks would invariably increase the rate of completion.
  • Finish off the Unpleasant Tasks first: Daily chores cannot be filled with all pleasant tasks. The unpleasant ones would always tend to play at the back of your mind creating unnecessary stress and disturbance. So the best way to do away with that is to finish off the unsavoury ones at the very first shot so that you are relieved to lead an stress free day.
  • The Art of Procrastination: Mastering the art of procrastination could be a great way to increase your productivity. While performing a task if you find that it is taking up much more time than what would ideally be required, try postponing it and take up something else. Wasting too much time on one task could delay the entire process and also affect your productivity adversely.
  • Inspire others by being an Inspiration: Interestingly enough, a fantastic way to augment your productivity is to be an inspiration to your dear ones including your spouse, partner, colleagues, friends or even siblings. When you take complete accountability of all that you do and share the positive effects of the approach you are following, you could inspire them to follow you. This would give you a tremendous psychological boost and increase your productivity. Try to ‘Be a leader than a follower’.
  • Thoroughly Review the Entire Day: Everything becomes complete and beautiful with a nice conclusion. When you are on the verge of retiring to bed, you must review the day that went by. As you do this, you would know the areas where you performed brilliantly and which needed more attention. This would help you to lead a better tomorrow and make you progress consistently.

Photo credits: János Balázs