As a leader, you can only influence the people around you by your deeds. If you are not productive, your employees will follow your standard. It is therefore essential for every manager to learn to be productive before demanding the same from their employees. While the internet is awash with productivity hacks for employees, this article shares five hacks that will help you achieve productivity at a personal level. Afterward, you can replicate them for your employees. Remember, they will be as productive as their boss.
Here are five productivity hacks that will take your business to new heights:
Make a Not-To-Do List
Have you stopped beating yourself up for tasks you didn’t do? If you haven’t, you should. It is not what you didn’t do that matters— It is what you did (when you were supposed to be doing the task) that should worry you. What consumes your energy but doesn’t reward you? Could it be the distractions; Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram notifications that never let you accomplish your daily goals? The social hangouts that add nothing to your life but negative energy, envy, and more toxic friends? Or maybe, you spend too much time attending to low-level tasks when you can be more productive if you delegate. The logic is, you can’t fill an overflowing cup, dredge the filth in your daily routine first. Instead of making a to-do list, why not make a not-to-do list first? You’ll be amazed at what you accomplish.
If you have your priorities right, then all your energies and goals will be channeled to the most important tasks. While making clear priorities help you accomplish small tasks on a daily basis, it also gives you a refined picture of where you are going and what you need to do to get there. Setting priorities right will not only be beneficial to an employee at a personal level, but leadership that gives clear priorities can achieve a lot because efforts of the organization are streamlined to achieve the most important goals of the organization. Steven Covey, the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, has a whole chapter on “first things first”. Priority can never be overemphasized.
You can’t do challenging tasks because procrastination will not let you. The easiest way to beat procrastination is to use the 5-seconds rule. Whenever you don’t feel motivated to complete tasks, count fives seconds and begin doing it. This productivity hack works because most times you postpone a task you rarely go back to it.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
While you might have a wonderful vision for your company, you cannot achieve it running on a broken system. Your health comes first. You have to keep your body in the right shape by regular exercise so that you can be able to sit long hours at your desk without strain. You have to eat healthy foods to nourish your body and sharpen your brain. And most importantly, when you maintain a healthy lifestyle, you will spend more hours in your office than in the hospital.
As a person, you can only do so much. The world today is full of distractions. One minute you want to work, the other you are stuck on Facebook. Using productivity tools can help you do so much with little time. Here are some tools you can use:
StayFocused is a Google Chrome extension that can help you achieve high levels of productivity by blocking internet sites that distract you. If you are a social media addict, then this tool is for you. It allows you to block the sites for as long as you want therefore increasing your focus on the job at hand.
If you love to allocate time for each task you do, then this app is for you. The Pomodoro timer can save you a lot of time since you will be beating yourself to complete each task within the allotted time.
Boomerang allows you to schedule your emails. You can, therefore, write your emails whenever you want and schedule to send them at an appropriate time.
Well, with these hacks, you will finally be able to motivate yourself to create more impact by being a doer. Remember, you cannot be productive overnight. It is a habit you develop, so be kind on yourself and don’t push yourself too hard. You should focus on consistency more than intensity.