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Recipe for Productivity

September 20, 2014

When I first started my job, I was so overwhelmed with the work load. I had so much to do and so little time. The stress from the work load started to wear me off and eventually I lost the zeal for the job. I then decided to find a solution to my productivity issues before it became a serious problem. I read a lot of books, online posts and had several meetings with my work mentors and managers. A year later, I had learnt a few tricks that made me (somewhat) productive.

In this post, I will share few tips that will help you overcome your productivity challenges;

1. Plan for the day:

The great Gordon B. Hinckley once said, “you cant plow a field by simply turning it over your head”. In order to accomplish your daily tasks, you have to plan on how you are going to execute them. Make a point to make a plan for the next day before you go to bed. This will put you in the productive mood from when you wake up.

2. Wake up early.

It has been scientifically proven that early risers are productive than night-owls. Early risers are said to be more proactive, better planners and more optimistic. You don’t have to wake up 4:00am in the morning, but rise up early enough to give yourself enough time to complete the daily tasks.

3. Stay on the course:

Social media, friends at work and mobile phones can be so disruptive that it becomes difficult to stay on the course of the your daily plan. Switch off all distractions and stay on track to ensure you complete your tasks.

4. Relax:

Take a short break (say 10minutes) if you are stressed or if things get hectic. Take a short walk to the office window and breath in the fresh air, this will make you feel relaxed and you will gain better perspective of the tasks ahead of you. The trick is to work without disruption for two hours and then take a short break before resuming to your work.

5. Ask for help.

Don’t try to be the superhero and do it all alone. Ask for help around when you encounter a difficult task. Asking for help will save you time, build better work relationships and divide the workload.

6. Reward yourself:

Reward comes after you have accomplished the day tasks. Set the rewards before you start the day as a motivation for staying on track. Rewards don’t have to be a big production. A glass of your all time favorite wine or a movie date can be a reward after a productive day.

I hope this tips will help you have more productive days. Leave comments below and let me know if you are being productive!


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  • Anonymous

    "Thank you for the good tips, i will put them into good practice kwa kweli"

  • Fantastic Aika !

  • Thank you! More inspirational posts will be posted for you!