5 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

We all love to get things done. Some days, however, accomplishing even the smallest task can feel like a monumental struggle. If you ever find yourself in this situation, don’t fret! There are simple, easy techniques that will get you back on track. Whether you’re encountering ‘one of those days’, or just looking to increase your already stellar output, these 5 tips will help boost your productivity.


1. Set Self-Imposed Deadlines

If you find yourself struggling to get something done, try setting a personal deadline. Deadlines are often exactly what we need to jolt us into action. Adding a healthy sense of rush (also known as eustress, or positive stress) will help generate the extra focus and determination needed to accomplish a task. Self-imposed deadlines are the perfect way to jumpstart projects or bring them to the finish line.


2. Eliminate Distractions

Phones, laptops, tablets — these can easily interrupt your productivity. Don’t let Cathy’s latest post, or addictive phone apps eat up your work period. Stay off your devices, and stay on track. While you’re in the zone, it’s best to silence devices, turn them off, or simply place them out of sight. If you’re working on a computer, make sure to close out any tabs not in use, or even worse, that may lead you off-course.


3. Write it Down

Write things down in a to-do list or calendar. This is so much better than keeping it all in your head — a recipe for forgotten deadlines and mismanaged time. Having these items in front of you will help readily visualize what needs to be accomplished throughout the day or week. No more apologies, guilt, or stress. Another bonus: once items are done, it feels extra satisfying to cross them off!


4. Tell Others

Telling a coworker, partner, or friend about your upcoming plans and projects will keep you more accountable. We've all needed an extra push from time to time, and what better source of motivation than those who are around us most? Ask these individuals to check in on your progress at certain intervals, or at the very end — whatever works best for you. Just don't get irritated if they call you out!


5. Declutter Your Workspace

A clear desk means a clear mind. Feel more focused and relaxed by removing the unnecessary clutter from your workspace. An abundance of messy or unorganized items can overwhelm and distract you (not to mention, slow you down when you're looking for that one document or sticky note). Clean your desk, reset your mind, and watch your productivity skyrocket!
Hopefully these 5 tips help improve your productivity levels! For best results, use these recommendations on a daily basis.

Read this article and more in our September 2019 newsletter