All of us know the basic ways to increase our levels of productivity: craft a to-do list, stay organized, or sleep a little more. Oftentimes, these common tricks aren’t quiet enough. For those of us who could use that extra boost, it’s time to think outside of the box. There are simple, yet effective, strategies you’ve never considered that will have you working more efficiently.
Physically writing things out is extremely beneficial. By doing so, you’ll be able to clear your mind for higher-level thinking. Write out every task that must be done—not only work projects, but also seemingly unimportant errands like grocery shopping. This will allow your mind to stop jumping between every duty that lies ahead of you and focus on one problem at a time. Writing down your thoughts will help you recognize the way in which a situation should be handled. It’s similar to talking things out with a friend—sometimes, you need to see or hear it for yourself. This approach is successful because writing down your goals makes you more committed to them; therefore, making it more likely that you’ll achieve them.
Instead of just thinking about what you have to do, go and do it. It may bedifficult to bring yourself to begin the mountain of work in front of you because it seems overwhelming; however, putting off your responsibilities only generates new stress. The more thought put into your remaining to-do list, the less time there is to complete it. Eliminating over-thinking begins with careful planning. As mentioned earlier, writing things out will significantly aid your thought process, and as a result, overall productivity. Don’t forget, time is money—stop procrastinating.
Take care of your eyes and install proper lighting. Staring at a computer screen for at least eight hours a day is grueling enough. Add bad lighting to the mix and your poor eyes will be over strained before the end of the workday. Light is a fundamental component of vision. Vision plays a major role in a large amount of the work you’re doing. When eyes hurt, the desired action is to close them. That proposal that’s scheduled to go out at the end of the day won’t be finished that way. Apart from directly affecting sight, lighting changes mood and behavior. Save yourself the pain and misery by investing in suitable lighting for your workspace.