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Steps to Increase Your Productivity

We all have that thing we've putting off.

Perhaps it's a project of passion or something for work. Maybe you have a difficult decision that you're putting off or there's something you've been meaning to do for a long time.

Almost all of us are guilty of putting off something like this, sometimes for a very long time. Here are some tips to help you increase your productivity when it comes to those tricky little things.

1. Motivate Yourself

Think about why you need to do the thing you've been putting off. Think about it and consider the benefits of finally doing it. Think about the weight that might lift or the benefits it would bring to you. Motivation can come from simply thinking about how much more powerful and strong you feel for taking the time to do something really worth spending time on. Boosting your mood in this way will benefit not only the task you were trying to achieve, but your mental health as a whole, as you are busying yourself with something worthwhile. Self-motivation will go so far towards making you feel accomplished, encouraging you to spend your time more productively in the future.

2. Accomplishment

Having completed a difficult task, you will feel much better about yourself, because not only have you been more productive, you will also feel more productive, leading to tasks feeling easier in the future. Getting into a habit of doing small tasks as soon as they appear will mean you're never bogged down by many little tasks that could easily have been done as soon as they cropped up. Making phone calls and doing small tasks can easily be done straight away, freeing your time up in large chunks and greatly reducing your stress. Doing things as you go along will increase your organisation and leave you feeling more accomplished than ever.

3. Necessity

Is the thing you're putting off something that you know will need to be done at some point? Telling yourself that the sooner you do it the better is something all procrastinators are familiar with. However, if you really think about what this means and how much more relaxed you will feel if you even just begin the task, you will realise how much sense it makes to do it today. There really is no point in leaving or putting off those things that are essential, there is no benefit to this - do it now, go and do something small that needs to be done - take out a bin, write the first sentence of that screen-play.

4. Little Steps

Break a large task in to small steps. This is probably one of the most valuable things that I've learned. If, for example, you need to fix something or sort something out, maybe write a list of the steps and get through one section every day. Breaking things in to manageable chunks is probably the best way to get large tasks completed without feeling like you've really done all that much work. Writing can be split into paragraphs, DIY can be split into sections, chores can be done one at a time, etc.

5. Look After Yourself

That shed you always wanted to build? That painting you always wanted to create? Do that for yourself. We all get stressed sometimes in day-to-day life and need something to do to rewind. Most of us probably do something passive such as watch television or eat comforting food. Turning this time into doing something productive that will also bring you happiness is going to make you feel so much better. Realising that you actually do have time for things for yourself will mean you not only feel more productive, but you will also be accomplishing something in the free time you were losing before.

But the most important thing - getting started! Even if you know you don't have the time or the energy to finish the task that day, you can still make a move towards starting. Good luck!

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