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  • Writer's pictureDorothy Ogues

How to Establish Habits That Improve Productivity?

Do you often find yourself focusing on menial, low-priority tasks and procrastinating? Do you wish to regain control of your workday?

Well, there isn't a one-size-fits-all formula on how to be more productive. Every person has a unique work style and source of motivation.

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General techniques that help maximize productivity.

The following strategies can be tailored to your working style and personality to achieve your desired outcome:

1. Count on small increments.

It is not realistic to expect overnight change for work habits that took years to develop. Simple changes to your work habits add up over time and will eventually improve your productivity. Start by trying one strategy, and as you discover the techniques that work best for you, keep adding more.

2. Take accountability.

Having to answer to another person can often compel you to finish the task at hand, whether it is through weekly check-ins with a coworker or setting your own deadlines and notifying some selected others about them.

3. Set goals & create a plan.

With clear goals, you're more likely to stick to the plan and work towards them.

4. Learn to say "no".

Just as important as planning and goal setting is finding ways to remove unnecessary things that drain your energy and waste your time. Identify your priorities and learn to stick to them.

5. Learn to ask for help when necessary.

Knowing when and how to ask for help from others will maximize productivity. Delegating some of your tasks (to co-workers, friends, family members) enables you to focus your time and energy on things that will help you attain your goals.

6. Find ways to deal with procrastination.

First, understand why you procrastinate. Identifying this already solves half the problem. The tendency to procrastinate is closely related to time management and self-discipline issues.

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7. Be easy on yourself.

Acknowledge that you will occasionally become distracted, have some slip ups, and have a lousy day. It's more important to move past one (or several) failures than to linger on them.

8. Invest in self-care and wellness.

It's essential that you look after your physical and mental health if you want to be productive. Make sure to eat healthy, get enough sleep, exercise, meditate, and set aside time each day for yourself. By doing this, you will have more sustained energy and focus throughout the day.

Knowing when to take breaks is also necessary for self-care. You CANNOT work nonstop round-the-clock, so plan a realistic timetable that includes a good mix of work, rest, and play.

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We all agree that making the most of your time is a key ingredient of productivity. It means doing your work efficiently and effectively. It’s important to build daily behaviors that improve work productivity.

Traits of productive people include being:

- focused

- organized

- goal-oriented

- mentally tough (i.e. can overcome unnecessary emotions & able to delay impulses/desires)

- able to effectively deal with distractions

- consistent with good self-care habits

These are essential skills everyone must develop if we want to get the most of our day.

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How to Be More Productive

How to Make the Most of Your Workday

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