Being beyond average with your productivity is an acquired skill that is made up of many smaller tricks. All these smaller tricks added together can help double your productivity. Here are the Top Productivity Hacks to Double Your Efficiency
1. Set-up mini tasks
If you’re given a big project, break it down into mini tasks. Create a checklist and start with the easy ones until you finish. Got an article to write? Just start with the title and the first sentence. Or perhaps you have a visual presentation to make? Spend 20 minutes on your outline, take five minutes coffee break, then finish the first two slides. Accomplishing something, no matter how tiny, still gives you that sense of fulfillment.
2. Stop multitasking
The first thing you need to do before you can maximize productivity is to stop multitasking. This is one of those long-established habits of busy people who are desperate to save time by doing more than one thing at once or switch between tasks.
Sadly, multitasking is a false efficiency that ends up costing you more time than it saves. And, to make matters worse, studies have shown that multitasking has a wide range of negative impacts on the human mind.
3. Schedule time to check emails
Email notifications are another notorious concentration-breaker, so giving in to every alert is guaranteed to make a heads-down task a challenge. Don’t let email take over your day. Instead, schedule time at the beginning and at the end of the day specifically for email. Then, unless something especially critical is coming in, feel free to ignore it the rest of the time.
4. Learn to say ‘no’
For some people saying no is hard, but if you really want to elevate your productivity levels then you can’t let people order you around all the time. For most people, a firm “no, I’m busy right now. I’ll let you know if I’m available later” should suffice.
5. Use a password manager
If you use the internet, then you have passwords to memorize. But if you actually memorize your passwords, then you’re wasting your mental energy on something that can be handled by an internet tool. Download a password manager so that you don’t waste all your time and energy remembering or searching for login passwords. A great one is Lastpass, and it works with both Firefox and Google Chrome.
Remember too productivity hacks are skills you CAN learn.