There are more distractions than ever these days, and procrastinating is one of our greatest talents. Sometimes, though, even the best procrastinators can’t take it anymore. You think about everything you need to do, how you’ve fallen way behind, or how maybe you actually want to do something with your life. Whatever the reason for doing it, increasing your productivity increases your quality of life. When you reach a goal or finish something, you feel good. Getting there is the hard part. Here are 10 moves you can take to increase your productivity.
1. Use the Pomodoro technique.
You can thank entrepreneur Francesco Cirillo for making work easier and more efficient – by taking breaks. Cirillo used one of those cute tomato kitchen timers in college to keep track of time, and he figured out that 25 minutes is the perfect amount of time. All you do is pick a task you need to complete, set the timer for 25 minutes, and get to work. Then you get a break. Then you set it for 25 minutes and work. And so on.
2. Set goals you’re actually excited about.
What’s the point of living and working so hard if you’re not even working towards something you’re excited about?
3. Quit social media.
If you’d be embarrassed to reveal how much time you spend on Facebook or checking your phone, maybe you need a break from technology. Apps like StayFocusd allow you to block certain websites for certain amounts of time. You could also, you know, put your phone away while you’re working.
4. Stop watching TV.
If you’re embarrassed about how much time you spend on social media, chances are you’re embarrassed about how often you veg out in front of the TV, too. Turn it off and restrict how much time you spend in front of it every day. Make binge watching a thing of the past.
5. Drink a fuck ton of coffee or take caffeine pills.
Caffeine energizes you to get much more done than you ordinarily would. It’s that simple.
6. Make checklists and set deadlines.
This is one of the simplest ways to keep yourself accountable. If you don’t have a daily planner, invest in one. There are some planners that plot out your day by every hour. They’re basically awesome.
7. Change up your work environment.
Your brain craves variety, and as nice as it is to have a well-organized desk and office to go to, if you’re working on something and have the ability to work on it wherever, change up your work environment. Go to a café, the library, a park, even just a different room or area in your house or office. When your environment is bland, you feel bland. When it’s new, you feel more energized.
8. Make a list of ways you procrastinate.
Then lay the law down and fucking stop it.
9. Get inspired.
Check out TED talks. Listen to podcasts. Read books by successful people. Then go.
10. Quit your job.
Seriously. If you’ve got major burnout, you can hardly get out of bed, or you’re falling radically behind on work, maybe you should quit your job. If your productivity is that bad, maybe you’re directing your time towards something that isn’t right for you. Everyone has frustration at work, but really ask yourself if you’re in the right career in the first place. If you are, that’s one of the biggest reasons to work harder.