If you told me last year I would be working in my pyjamas I would have never believed you. The adjustment from working in an office to working from home was quite a big one. If you find yourself struggling to get your work done, here are all the tips you need to boost your productivity!
The Pomodoro Technique
This technique was a real game changer for me! Believe it or not, I was able to complete a task that usually takes me 5 hours in only 2 hours. If you are easily distracted or struggle with time management then this is the technique for you. It was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. Here is how it works; you use a timer to break down your work into intervals. Traditionally, you work for 25 minutes straight and have a short break of 5 minutes. These intervals are referred to as pomodoros. There are websites that can keep track of the time for you and you can see how much time is left at the top of the tab.
Eating Live Frogs
Do you tend to put off the most important items on your to-do list? Well, it might be time to eat some live frogs. This method comes from a saying from Mark Twain, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day”. In terms of productivity, this means you should schedule your tasks from hardest to easiest. At the start of the day you will be highly energised and will easily be able to conquer the hardest task. Completing the hardest task will also motivate you to complete easier tasks. Once you get the ball rolling, you will be unstoppable!
The Pareto Principle
The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule states that 80% of effects come from 20% of the causes. To try this method, you should reconsider how much effort you are putting in and what the effects of those efforts are. The next step would be to strategize and prioritise tasks that will provide the biggest results.
Say No To Multitasking
Cal Newport, author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, says that by focusing on multiple tasks at one time the quality of your focus is diminished. Multitasking essentially kills productivity because of a term known as ‘attention residue’. When you switch from one task to another without completing the original task, a ‘residue’ of your attention is left thinking about the original problem. Essentially, it is best to give all your brain power to one task and give it your undivided attention.
Create Your Own Combo
The right productivity method can make a huge difference in your work. Find a productivity technique that works for your specific needs. If you like a certain aspect of the ‘eating live frogs’ method combine it with the Pomodoro technique to find the perfect blend that works for you. Remember, there is no right answer! So, experiment with these different methods until you are the most productive you could be.
By Pooja Depala