Who doesn’t want to get more done in less time?
Many entrepreneurs and business owners are intimately familiar with this desire – and for good reason. As our productivity increases, so do our results and ultimately our revenue.
The trick is to find the right tactics and strategies that get you where you want to be. This article will take a psychological approach to increasing your productivity. Check out the points below to get started achieving more today.
Why Is Being Productive So Flaming Hard?
Picture this: You’ve spent the last 9 or ten hours at your desk trying desperately to knock the tasks off your to-do list, but by the time the end of the day rolls around, you haven’t even come close to achieving everything you had planned.
This depressing scenario is especially difficult to deal with when the success of your business is on the line. It’s definitely not a lack of motivation that’s to blame, so what is the cause of low productivity?
While this answer will vary according to the individual in question, there are many things that can contribute to the issue, such as attempting to multi-task, failing to avoid distractions and the big culprit known as procrastination.
Simple Productivity Hacks for Increased Results
If you are committed to changing your habits around productivity, these psychological strategies can power your efforts and get you where you want to be sooner rather than later.
‘Eat That Frog’
You’ve probably heard of this tip before, but we’re going to start with it because it can truly work wonders. Before you try to get anything else done, get the hairiest task out the way. This is the task that would otherwise loom over your head as you fell prey to an assortment of distractions just to avoid it. Once you eliminate it from your agenda, your focus will naturally increase and your ability to push through the rest of your tasks will be enhanced.
Color Your Day the Right Way
Your physical environment can play a large role in your productivity. In addition to clearing up your workspace, you can strategically use colors to boost your results. The color red has been found to boost attention to detail, while green and blue can act to soothe and spark creativity. Consider your specific goals, and use the right colors to support your brain’s ability to complete them.
Humans are complex beings, but in some ways, we really are very simple. The benefits of reward and recognition have been studied for years – because it works. When you consistently recognize the value of the tasks that you’ve completed, and give yourself a reward once they are done, you can program your brain to be more productive over time.
Kill the Multi-Tasking Approach
Trying to perform two or more tasks simultaneously, or jumping back and forth between tasks, has been proven to be ineffective. Productivity can be reduced by up to 40 percent when we try to multitask throughout the day. Make it a habit to focus on one task from start to finish.
Break Up Your Day
This strategy can be used in an assortment of ways. You can do this by taking mini breaks throughout the day to refresh yourself, schedule different types of tasks for yourself so that things don’t become redundant, have a conversation with someone or even get a cup of coffee. The import thing is to stimulate productivity through variety.
Free Up Your Brain
We all have those little tasks on our to-do lists that seem to keep piling on by the minute. Until they are resolved, they can resurface again and again into our thoughts and become a huge distraction and productivity killer. While we can’t always complete these tasks immediately, we can write them down along with a plan for completion to keep them from weighing down our mental resources.
Using psychological hacks to ramp up our productivity can do wonders for your business growth and results. Take the time to find the strategy/strategies that work best for you and gradually incorporate them into your work habits.
Annabelle Smyth is a freelance writer who covers everything from HR to technology and leadership skills. Her most recent work involves partnership marketing with Bamboo HR, where she has had the opportunity to learn about the relationship between leadership and successful businesses.