What is the best way to get a project done? We all strive to be productive, but we often get in our way. So how can we consistently be as productive as possible?
Often our productivity lags because we do not understand what we are trying to accomplish. The solution is to have a road map before you begin. Then you must continually assess your progress and make changes as necessary. Then when you are done, take time away to regroup for your next attempt. Here are five simple hacks to make you consistently productive.
Have a plan
If you were driving to a destination you had never been to before would you try it without a map? You might get where you intend to go if you are incredibly lucky. What is more likely is that you will get lost along the way. Before you begin any task, come up with the answers to these questions:
- What is the end result going to look like?
- What are the steps needed to get there?
- Is this single task so big that I need to break it down into smaller tasks?
- How long should this take me?
If you cannot answer any of these questions, you are most likely going to struggle to succeed.
Attack items with a singular focus
Have you ever heard someone claim what a great “multi-tasker” they are? While that may be true for some, chances are you will be more productive if you stick to one project to its conclusion.
Do not fall for distractions masquerading as progress
Maybe you need to get on social media to do some research to accomplish your task. That is fine but do not let yourself start falling into a social media rabbit hole. Finish your task and save the browsing for later.
Change it up as needed
As you move through your work, honestly evaluate your progress. There is no guarantee your initial plan will be a smashing success. This can be especially true when you are doing or trying something for the first time. Remember what Albert Einstein famously said:
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results
Take some time to assess your progress and make changes as needed. This is not a sign of failure; instead, this is a great way to reach your goal more efficiently.
Keep the digital world at bay
Your phone buzzes and beeps with emails and texts and notifications. Barring an emergency, do not fall for the siren’s song of your digital device.
Shut it all off at the end of the day
When your project is done and the day is over, shut it all down. Turn off anything work-related (your mind included) and focus on resting and relaxing by doing something simple or even downright indulgent. This recharge of your mental and physical batteries will have you ready to attack the next day productively.