We’ve talked a lot about our natural need to take breaks, allowing us time to give our brains a mini recharge before moving on to the next task. Many of us do this by checking our Facebook pages, heading over to BuzzFeed or another online time suck. It turns out we’ve been doing it all wrong.
Becoming productive is basically impossible if you can’t get control of your laziness. When something seems like it will just take too much effort, you’d much rather be sitting on the couch catching up on your favorite show. It’s okay to have lazy days, but these days can snowball until you’ve procrastinated so much that your to-d0 list is several pages long. Below are five ways you can conquer your laziness to become more productive.
Many of us know the feeling. You get done with a Skype call with your boss and your brain is fried. Through the course of a 45-minute call, you discussed the new marketing campaign you’re heading, the emerging markets you will be focusing on, and how you will gain market share. You nailed every answer, and feel confident about the new project. Unfortunately, you now have to write an important memo to your coworkers, which your boss wants out in an hour. Bad timing.
Being productive is a helpful way to put some balance back in your life, so your work doesn’t simply take over. However, some of us can take our productivity a little too far and forget about our work-life balance altogether. You don’t have to be productive around the clock — there are times when it’s okay to take the productivity hat off and relax. Below are four scenarios when it’s okay to just do nothing.
Many professionals use music and sound in general to help them boost their energy levels, creative thinking and productivity as a whole. Most of us turn to the music of our choice — for me it’s usually a combination of a new album and old favorites. However, if you are working on tasks that require you to channel your creativity, you should be listening to ambient noise.
The countless emails, the traveling and time away from your loved ones, the pointless meetings — let’s face it, we all have things in our lives that cause stress. But are we really as stressed out as we think we are?
It’s easy enough. As soon as I finish this task, I’ll just jump over to Reddit and check today’s AMAs. Half an hour later you realize that you have read three AMAs, scanned your Facebook, and looked for tickets for tonight’s game. Although it only seems like a half hour, this is valuable time lost and productivity that could be improved. More importantly, this time adds up throughout the day, and you may be wasting more time than you realize. Now, more than ever, keeping track of time in the work place is essential.
Jay Z is a man of many talents. Aside from his music ventures as a rapper and producer, he has run a record label, a clothing line, owned part of the Brooklyn Nets, and is now a certified sports agent. Clearly, he’s doing something right. He’s one of the most productive businesspeople around, so Lifehacker put together some of Jay Z’s productivity tips.
With the technology that is coming online today, the traditional cubicle office format is slowly fading away. And I say good riddance! Since leaving the traditional office space in 2007, my productivity levels have soared and I find myself able to maintain focus easily in my home office. With millennials projected to make up half of the workforce by 2020, it seems certain that traditional offices will be phased out. Although increased productivity is one of the biggest reasons I enjoyed the shift away from a traditional office space, there are other reasons why it is attractive to both employers and employees.
Ambitions aren’t goals, not really anyway. Most people have these ambitions in mind, these destinations of where we want to end up. However, we lack in our ability to map our way to these goals, ambitions and destinations. Productivity expert Ari Meisel suggests setting micro-goals to help you map your way to the end destination.
Clutter consumes us. From our messy desks to our closets full of clothes we’ll never wear, we clutter our lives with things that we have some sort of attachment to. However, this clutter gets in the way of our focus and how well we process information.
Social media can be a time-killer. Sometimes (or all the the time), we can’t help but see who has updated their status, shard a news story or posted a new photo we would otherwise not care about. Taking a few minutes here and there to check your Facebook News Feed isn’t such a bad thing, but when you’re interest is bordering on addictive, it might be time to take drastic measures.
Staring at your to-do list, you’ll likely go for the tasks that are on the easier side, perhaps the ones that are more fun and don’t require any heavy-duty thinking. It’s procrastination at its finest — putting off the harder (and probably more important) tasks for later. However, you’re overall work experience will be heightened if you do the hardest tasks first.
Not a fan of coffee but need a caffeinated boost of brain power during the day? Try using a blue light. New research has found that you give yourself a jolt of brain power by being exposed to blue light.
We’ve all been hearing about this decision fatigue that causes us to tire, produce mediocre work an make unsound decisions. The simple way to combat this is to rid your life of the many small decisions you make in your day, like what to eat and what to wear, with the help of routines.