Are you spending most of your time clearing those candy crush notifications? Or your time is just leaking away scrolling down the facebook newsfeed? Well, if this is the case then it’s high time that you realise the value of your precious time.
You need to channel your energy in the right direction following the right path. For this, you can follow the below given productivity hacks to make yourself more efficient:
1. Eliminate distractions.
What’s the biggest time-suck on the planet? I would guess that for most people, it’s the Internet.
The Internet is essential to most successful business, but it also contains Facebook, Candy Crack, news sites, shopping and hosts of other distracting things to pull us away from our work and into fantasy land.
So, to tackle Internet distractions, we recommend tech solutions — they do the work for you, so you don’t have to use your precious willpower to get them done. I particularly like the Chrome app StayFocused. It blocks the sites you need to have blocked during hours you specify, and it REALLY helps — especially if you always get distracted by the same sites.
2. Use the 80/20 rule to decide on priorities.
In any new business there are a ton of things that need to be taken care of. So, instead of trying to do absolutely everything before launch, you must ask yourself, what are the most critical elements to do right now that will move the business forward.
By asking this question, you will be able to narrow down the tasks that need to be completed before launch to about 20 percent of the original list. This would help you to focus on the tasks that really need to be done.
3. Control your environment.
Control your environment to control your productivity. If you don’t have an office, Starbucks, libraries and co-working spaces are all great alternatives.
4. Hire outsourcers for lower level tasks.
If there are things in your business that are repetitive and suck your energy for working on more of the 20 percenet tasks that we talked about above, then please, please hire them out as soon as you are able.
You don’t normally need full-time employees for many of these. In many cases, you can hire repetitive tasks out to an outsourcing company or find workers on UpWork, Freelancer and other similar sites.
Doing this frees you up to focus on the important stuff.
5. Build up your tolerance for work.
This may sound strange at first, but if you are used to being distracted and procrastinating then that is the “go to” mode for you brain. You need to build up to a higher ability to work. The easiest way to do this is to use a timer. Sit down (with your distraction blocking software turned on) and set a timer for five minutes. Work on the task at hand without doing anything else. And gradually increase the time. This seems silly, but it really works.
6. Build in accountability.
Humans are wired to want to “save face” and look good to the people they respect. So having other people that you are accountable to can really make a difference. That can take the form of a partner, a mastermind group, a coach or even employees.
Find people who you care about what they think, and tell them what you intend to get done. You’ll be amazed at how much more you accomplish.
Productivity isn’t something that most people are born with. It’s a skillset. And that means it can be learned. So go ahead and learn these hacks!