When it comes to organizing and making the best of the time they’ve got, most people usually find it difficult. And, if we are all honest with ourselves, the reason is quite clear; postponing a certain task is easier than actually doing it. However, I believe that in recent times, given the hectic pace we live our lives in, finding ways of organizing ourselves and being productive has become a goal we all strive for. Therefore, in this blog entry, I decided to share with you my top 5 organization and productivity tips.
- Work areas vs. non-work areas
One thing I always find important before completing a task is finding a place that I can concentrate in. Many were the times when I felt like no matter where I went, my ability to concentrate was nowhere to be found! As time has passed, I realized that the best way of being productive is to differentiate between what I like to call work areas and non-work areas. As the titles I’ve given the two are self-explanatory, I feel obliged to point out to you that researchers have discovered that we usually perform better when we cut ourselves from external potential distractions and feel like we are in our own zone may that be the desk or, in my case, my bed.
Before starting to work make sure you’ve got all you need. As you’ve surely experienced it in the past, one of the commonly used excuses we make when we are working is that we can’t do it because we are missing something. So, my advice to you is to check twice and make sure nothing was left out so that you won’t have to leave your work area and get distracted by something else before completing your work task.
- Take regular breaks
Oh, the long-awaited breaks! We all know that the recipe for success includes taking breaks. However, as scientists’ latest studies show, we might’ve been sabotaging ourselves by not taking breaks the way we should. Studies show that one should organize their task so that regular time offs are taken. For example, for beginners, taking a small break every 20 minutes and a bigger one after an hour has been shown to increase productivity and ability to concentrate.
Although not per se a productivity tip, drinking enough liquids is a must when one wants to be productive. Moreover, keeping your body hydrated ensures your mind’s optimal ability to focus.
Yes, you’ve heard me right. Studies have suggested that, for those who want to get stuff done but haven’t got enough sleep the previous night, a power nap of about 30 minutes might be the needed fix. The 25 to 30 minutes nap has been proven good not only for overall comfort but also as a way of improving productivity and creativity.