Are you feeling sluggish in your tech career and looking for ways to up your productivity? We all hit a wall sometime or another, but with a few simple changes, it’s easy to kickstart yourself back into full gear.
The great news is that you don’t have to purchase fancy high-tech devices or pay for expensive tools to maximize efficiency. These ten surprisingly easy tips range from minor tweaks within existing products to light lifestyle adjustments and creative practices that can help you get done all you need to do every day.
1. Take regular breaks
to refocus your energy
The norm in the past was work, work, work, and no rest. That meant you were not only productive but successful. Taking on more tasks, and having no complaints used to be seen as a great skill. But not anymore!
Energy, happiness, and motivation is the final goal for employers and modern employees.
Types of breaks and apps that can help!
Short breaks throughout your day can help to refocus and give yourself a mini-reset. Several productivity break apps can help you manage your time for quick refreshers, such as BreakTime, which sets reminders for when to take a break. Other productivity break apps include Time Out, Stretchly, and Take a Break.
Creating and sticking with a morning routine is an easy way to stay productive throughout the day. Waking up at the same time each day and starting with activities that energize you, like stretching or yoga, can help you get your productivity level high!
Exercising regularly builds up your body and stimulates the release of endorphins in your brain, thus boosting productivity and enhancing self-confidence.
2. Break big projects into smaller goals
We have all heard the phrase “work smarter, not harder,” but people take this to a new level from day one. Goldie Chan is a perfect example—she runs her own agency and still finds the time to upload a video on LinkedIn day after day. Is she some kind of superhuman? Not quite.
What Ms. Chan knows that many of us need to be reminded of is that ruthless focus and prioritization are essential for productivity; asking yourself, “what is one thing I can do today that will move me closer to my goal” can often bring you further faster than hours and hours of work (in fact, it could prevent you from working for ages looking for the solution).
Of course, there are different ways of working, but when it comes down to it, the ruthless focus is key.
3. Maintain a picture of your younger self and look at it constantly
By reminding yourself why and for who you do what you do, you’ll reach your goals with a more sense of purpose.
We usually are so hard on ourselves for what the world asks of us, but just like the previous recommendation, one day at a time, reminding yourself that you are doing and having things that your younger version would have only dreamed of has to be a motivation boost.
4. Eliminate distractions
and set boundaries
We all are tempted to answer emails while eating, check notifications while watching tv, and even get caught up in other people’s drama before coffee. But productivity comes from prioritizing focus and eliminating distractions (or at least minimizing them to the fullest).
Start by setting boundaries around how much time you can spend on your phone or computer daily. And if that still isn’t enough, investing in productivity-boosting software or apps can help you stay on track and avoid procrastination.
Take advantage of the Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique is an effective productivity tool that helps you focus on tasks for short bursts, usually 25-minute intervals. After a set amount of time has elapsed, take a break and do something else before repeating the process.
This way of working can help you get into a rhythm without getting burned out or distracted by other tasks. In addition, it provides structure and accountability for productivity, ensuring that you regularly take the necessary steps to reach your goals.
5. Track your progress
and celebrate achievements
Tracking your productivity progress is a great way to stay motivated and remind yourself of your accomplishments. Every win counts! Even the small ones!
Keeping a productivity journal or using monitoring apps can help measure your productivity over time. This will allow you to identify areas where productivity could be improved and celebrate when goals have been met.
6. Make time for
creative thinking & reflection
Creative thinking and reflection go hand in hand with productivity. And it’s okay if you don’t think of yourself as a creative person; that is not what we mean. When we mean creativity, we mean allowing yourself to break the mold of your everyday work and try different things to reflect on what you do and how to improve it.
Taking the time to reflect on productivity and brainstorm solutions helps you stay focused on your goals.
Many productivity tools now come with built-in “thinking mode” features that allow you to take a step back and assess your productivity journey.
7 . Entrust the right tasks to others and unlock untapped potential!
Everyone needs help and support regarding productivity, so don’t be afraid to reach out! Networking is critical here—asking people ahead of you on their productivity journey for advice or even just lending an ear can often mean support.
Productivity means knowing when to ask for help. If you feel overwhelmed by a task or project, don’t hesitate to delegate some of the work to others who might be better equipped to handle it. This can free up your time and energy to focus on the tasks best suited for you.
8 . Leverage technology & automation
Technology and automation can be powerful. In fact, they are, today more than ever, a booming industry that you can rely on for information, work, and daily tasks. These machines are MADE to help you be released from activities slowing you down and increasing your productivity- not using them is a waste of potential.
9. Concentrate on making an impact
Productivity is a much simpler task when you’re passionate about your work. What drives and motivates you?
Why do you continue to pursue the things that inspire you? Keeping an eye on the goal in mind makes it easier to power through any fatigue or stressors that come up along the way.
10. Live a life being productive
but also joyful
In conclusion, productivity is vital to achieving your goals and making the most of your time. But reaching the dream productivity doesn’t need to come with burnout! Incorporating these easy and practical strategies into your daily routine can help you to be more productive, achieve your goals, make the most of your time, and be happy doing all that!
Remember to be flexible and adjust your approach as needed, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different methods to find what works best for you.