Cracking the Code to Productivity

Want to be more productive? In a world that is only getting busier and more competitive, and demanding that we work faster, being more productive isn’t a “try harder” message; it’s a “work smarter” message.

This message is best explained in the following, 3-minute video. Learn that science can actually guide you to completing that daunting assignment or studying for that important exam. It just takes the implementation of a few helpful steps and you’ll be on your way to cracking the code to your productivity:

Don’t have three minutes? Below, we’ve outlined the three, easy-to-remember steps explained in the video:

  1. Ready? Set? GO!

And just get started. It may be the most difficult step, but starting a task is where science steps in. There is this uncomfortable feeling we as humans naturally get when we don’t finish a task we’ve started. It’s called the Zeigarnik Effect, and it comes in the form of “intrusive thoughts” or “feelings of discomfort.” By simply starting, we are trusting that the Zeigarnik Effect will kick in when we falter. So, when you feel it, welcome it, and continue on to the next step!

  1. Work Smarter

Trying harder will not guide you to being productive. Most likely, you’ll experience burnout before any essence of a reward. Rather, being productive takes discipline and deliberate scheduling.

This can look like breaking your larger, daunting tasks into chunks and creating deadlines for each chunk. By writing these deadlines down in your calendar, you can create a tracking device to deliberately schedule and work towards those deadlines. The video also suggests the use of an “accountability chart”. This chart allows you to keep track of your time in one column and your tasks completed in the opposite column. With either method – a calendar or an “accountability chart” – don’t forget to schedule in a break now and then, and watch your productivity unfold.

Take a moment here to recall last week’s blog post entitled, “Time Out! Why Taking Time Out for Yourself is Important”? and remember why taking breaks could be one of your best decisions yet.

  1. Stop Multi-tasking

Multitasking leads to productivity, right? WRONG! Instead, cut back on the busyness and work effectively by planning the night before. Make a list of the tasks you want to focus on the next day. You might see a common thread here but split your larger tasks into chunks and come the next day, CHARGE!

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