3 Simple Steps to Increase Productivity

3 Simple Steps to Increase ProductivityHaving started Sterling Happiness, I now have to plan my time on the weekends especially on preparing the content to share with my readers. It can be rather challenging because besides being motivated, I also need to be as productive as possible so that the time I invest in activity relating to producing the content will result in a high level of output at the end of the day. Whenever I felt that my productivity was going downhill, I would quickly pinch myself and go through a series of questions to get my mindset back on track.

These are the three simple steps in getting my productivity back up and they always work for me, so I hope they will work for you too!

1. BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF ABOUT WHAT IS STOPPING YOU FROM BEING PRODUCTIVE

There are questions that I usually ask myself when I want to know why I am not being as productive as I’d like to be. It is like having an interview with self and when it is an interview with no one but myself, then I would be dead honest with myself to get the most value out of it. So what are the questions I would ask myself?
– Am I simply bored with the tasks and why?
– Am I being lazy or procrastinating?
– Am I taking too much on and getting overwhelmed by it all?
– Am I not interested in what is to be done?

2. SPECIFY IN WRITING WHAT YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH

After answering the set of questions to identify exactly why I am procrastinating, the next thing I would do is to write down a statement (not a to-do list!) of what I want to accomplish. This usually helps me to re-focus and motivate me to take action. An example would be: I want to finish writing two good and meaningful articles on productivity on my blog today.
In the example, you would see that I have specified what I want to accomplish (to finish writing), how many I want to write (two), type of articles (good and meaningful ones on productivity) and by when (today).
When you write your own statement, be as clear as possible so you have something to focus on.

3. DEFINE SPECIFIC ACTIONS

Having written your statement, you can now list down all the smaller tasks to be performed within that statement. Every task should have a time-frame which can be in days or hours or minutes. In my case, those list of tasks would probably look like this:
– DD/MM: Research on the potential topics to write
– DD/MM: Compile all materials
– DD/MM: Start working on the draft for the first article
– DD/MM: Finalise draft of first article…
And the list goes on – you get the idea.

So there you have it – my simple three steps to increase productivity :)

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