How To Be More Productive
We get it, there are tons of distractions on the day-to-day and a whole lot of obstacles in your path to getting things done. Fortunately, we’ve mastered ten simple tips to bring your effectivity back from the brink. It’s a rabbit hole effect: whether you’re getting distracted online or find yourself procrastinating for no reason, you always come full circle to guilt and the realization that you’re not being as productive as you should.
Let’s fix that right up. These are ten things, some to be done daily and some as one-off investments, to keep your productivity on-point, and your task list ever-shrinking. If you ever find yourself vying for a more productive output, read through each of these ten tips in full and discover a simple way to upgrade your current work environment.
1. Invest in a Standing Desk
Standing desks have been proven to help you be more productive throughout the day. There’s been a ton of hype surrounding standing desks for years now, but the jury is out: they are helpful and promote a much more productive working environment. Whether you work at home and want a full desk or you work at an office and need a sit-to-stand desk, the benefits are massive, so long as you also get a standing desk mat to accompany it.
You get increased blood flow and a stronger circulation, which helps to chase away that groggy feeling that tends to linger right after lunch. You’re much more “ready to go” at any point, whether you have to walk away from the desk, or just when you’re ready to end the day. The number one concern about standing desks is arm fatigue from not leaning on a desk for the entire duration of your shift, but after a few days, any tiredness in your arms dissipates. There are many benefits of using standing desks: you promote good posture, positive spine alignment, and burn calories while standing.
2. Download a Scheduling App and Build a Habit
We’re big fans of Wunderlist and Google Keep. They both provide simple ways for you to build checklists, organize reminders to be sent as a desktop or push notifications to your phone, and keep you in check. Building habits is a lot more difficult than breaking old ones, which is why these apps (and there are dozens of others out there as well) work wonders to provide a sense of structure and balance to your workday.
There’s a vast difference between being busy and being productive. You can be busy from nine to five, but not actually be productive. These apps help keep structure throughout your entire work schedule and work as little alarms to make you look at the clock. Nobody wants to say “Oh crap” at 4:30 PM when they’ve got a half-hour until they’re hitting the highway home, but they haven’t gotten nearly enough done. Little reminders and alarms help you look at the clock more frequently and put yourself under some much-needed pressure to get the task completed before it’s missed.
3. Dress for Success, Even if You Work at Home
This one’s a tip for you at-home workers, but it also applies if you’re in a corporate casual work environment. There’s no such thing as overdressing (unless you wear a tuxedo to a baseball game or something like that). Buff out those shoes, straighten up your tie, look like a million bucks, and you’ll feel like it, too. Not only that, but you’ll garner far more respect from colleagues and superiors as well.
People respect a guy who respects himself. If you’re at home, there’s no such thing as the “I’m going to work in my pajamas” day. At least, not if you actually want to get anything done. Get dressed and enjoy the fact that you don’t have to hit the morning commute on the freeway, and use that additional time to buckle down and get things done.
4. Compartmentalize Your Task List
Remember when I said that you can be busy, but not necessarily be productive? We’re so enamored with the idea of multitasking that we don’t entertain the thought that some of us just aren’t built for it. That’s not a bad thing: many of us just do far better when focusing on one task at a time, putting our all into one goal.
If you find that you resonate with this a little too well, you’re probably just like me. Multitasking is great in theory, but even those who can perform five things at once aren’t putting their all into each task. I’ve found that even multitaskers have their own problems where there will be holes in certain parts of their work. It happens. Focus on one thing at a time, and you’ll see spectacular results.
5. Your Comfort is a Key Factor in Your Success and Productivity
So standing desks might not be for you. That’s okay. But your current office chair isn’t doing you any favors, either. We spend more time sitting at the computer than ever before, and the numbers only tend to rise. People can create online empires overnight, and that takes a ton of hours in front of the blue light of your laptop screen. Eventually, your back is going to suffer, you’ll notice knots, poor posture, and possibly even waking with extreme back pain each morning.
None of that is going to help you stay more productive. You need proper lower lumbar support, cushions and a weight capacity that beyond support your physique, and a more simplistic way to maneuver around the office. You can’t very well focus on the job in front of you, if you’re worried about the pain that’s constantly, quite literally behind you. You can either help persistent problems to disappear or use a new office chair as a means to prevent them from occurring in the future.
6. Don’t Overwork Yourself
Just because you can pull 72 hours in a single workweek doesn’t mean you should. Let’s just say that you’re able to pull that off, and you know another hard week is coming. You might not see it right away, but your performance is going to lack. These are the routines that men get themselves into that inevitably lead them to be fired in the not-so-distant future. No matter how good of an employee you are or how well you run your business, you’re not going to be properly productive when you’re pushing back energy drinks just to stay alive.
Setting schedules, as I talked about earlier, is crucial to this tip. If you’re not going to take your sleep and rest seriously, then you’re definitely going to fall short when it comes to output. We get trapped in this mindset that we have to keep pushing forward and never stop, but when you finally take a minute to enjoy a part of your life again, whether it’s gaming or hitting the hiking trail for the weekend, it really turns you back into the productive person you know you used to be. The key is to not overwork yourself for a month straight and then reluctantly take two days off, pace yourself, use these tips to stay productive, and don’t overdo it.
7. Stay 100% Professional at All Times
Staying professional is like chastising yourself from engaging in jokes and fooling around when you should be working. In a way, it’s sort of working against yourself as far as enjoyment goes at work, but that’s a good thing. Work hard, play harder off the clock. When you’re at work and you maintain that professional appearance and demeanor, you’re focusing on the tasks in front of you instead of chatting with your buddies at your lunch break. This is what gets noticed by the higher-ups; it’s the type of person they want in charge of things.
Keeping professional is holding yourself to higher standards. Even though you know half the guys at work slack and chat a bit, you’re the one putting in a hard time, grinding away those hours and earning that cash. You get to switch modes: work from nine to five, and whatever else you want to do outside of those hours. It also allows you to leave work at work, so you’re not worrying about it or pulling in extra time just to get by. You busted your rump all week without a single moment of slacking: you’ve got nothing to mentally hold onto when the weekend comes crashing down.
8. Consider Your Computer Equipment and Switching it Out
Sometimes we’re just working with shoddy equipment. When your keyboard’s gotten old and ratty, consider switching it out for a new wireless keyboard to help increase that WPM, and make everything flow a lot smoother. You can also upgrade to a gaming mouse, which will allow you to change your DPI settings. This can work wonders if you’re in an industry that works on video editing, or you work with other on-screen programs with an overwhelming amount of moving parts.
Grab a new mouse pad, a new mat beneath your chair. Your desk is a bunch of moving parts that all play a role in your comfort and efficiency during your work cycle. If you’re not utilizing your workspace to the best of your ability, it could be your equipment: switch it out, use more efficient gear, and you’ll naturally be far more effective and focused.
9. Listen to Some Choice Tunes
It’s been proven by science that listening to music while you work will definitely help you with your productivity, but there’s a catch. Let’s say you’ve been working the same job for a while, and you’re very good at what you do. You can slip into a rhythm and get moving, and actually be up to 15% more effective than someone with less experience with you. When you throw music into the mix, that can increase up to 24% on average.
As a heads-up, this works wonders for those with the experience, but if you’re still new to your job or your current tasks and you’re not in a rhythm yet, you can still enjoy music. Try classical music, or music without lyrics to help encapsulate your focus, and aim it in the right direction.
10. Up Your Vitamin Game
Most of us aren’t getting an optimal nutrition, and it really impacts how your brain functions throughout the day. Supplementing the day with some multivitamins is an excellent way to turn the tides on your lack of productivity, and start really reaping the rewards of your work ethic. Even if you consider yourself a hard worker, your body can only work so hard before it threatens to give out and stop functioning the way you need it to.
By adding in some multivitamins, you’re going to increase your focus, drive, and reduce your appetite throughout the day. You’ll only be hungry for what your body needs (after extended vitamin use). No more overeating at the lunch buffet, no more feeling sluggish when that two o’clock bell hits. When you feel better, you perform better, plain and simple.
Get it Together, Get it All Done
You’re primed and equipped to tackle that workload piling up on your desk. They say “There’s nothing to it,” but whoever said that was full of himself. Make a few small investments, change your habits, and don’t think for a minute that it’s easy to suddenly emerge productively. It takes effort, and we’re with you every step of the way with the best productivity-boosting products and tricks of the trade.