7 Essential Skills to Increase Productivity

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Increase your productivity with these 7 essential skills listed by https://thepereznotes.com/ !

Tips to Increase Employee Productivity - HR Daily Advisor

Pomodoro technique

I. Work out to increase your energy and get blood flowing

II. Try “mini-habits” like 10 push ups, 10 sit-ups, or 30 second sprints to increase discipline and willpower 

III. Use the Pomodoro technique which sets 25 minute limits to creativity through work periods followed by short 5 minute breaks for cognitive rest 

IV. Simplify tasks by breaking large tasks into smaller tasks with milestones like, “research paper assignment due January 20th” rather than simply asking for “a research paper”

5-minute task 

V. Start meetings off with a 5-minute task that focuses on the most important tasks that you need to accomplish at that time 

VI. Study personal development books and materials such as Dale Carnegie’s “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” 

VII. Use “micro-habits” like drinking 10 oz of water when you wake up in the morning or doing a few deep breaths before starting a task to give yourself extra energy for work 

How do these habits actually make a difference in my productivity? 

These habits have all been used by high achievers in my life and I have personally seen them make a big difference in my daily productivity. They take a little bit of discipline to learn, but once learned they will add to your productivity in the long run. When you learn how to work out, practice mini-habits, Pomodoro study, or begin meetings with a task that is easy for you to complete, you are forcing yourself into action and setting yourself up for success. If you are still struggling to increase your productivity, I highly recommend taking a look at 7 Essential Skills to Increase Productivity for yourself.

This is an outstanding article on improving productivity. A lot of these things have already been tried, either by purchasing a diet supplement or trying a new exercise routine. Yet, so many of us do not have the discipline to stay on a diet for a prolonged period of time or keep exercising on a regular basis. It is so important to develop habits that work for you and your personalities. 

How do I begin implementing these habits?

Since my blog is all about making progress daily, it seems fitting that I would share my story on how I made these habits my own. Here are a few tips to consider if you are interested in implementing these habits:

1. Find something you enjoy doing for fun and do it 3 times a week.  If this is not something you enjoy, find a new activity that you enjoy. We all need to breathe and exercise at some point during the day, but it is up to us to determine what we do to get our bodies going.

2. Create mini-habits throughout the day.  Let’s say you want to run everyday, but you can’t seem to motivate yourself into running everyday. The easiest way I have found to do this is challenge yourself into 1 push up every hour that you are awake, or 10 squats at 7 pm every night before bed. It doesn’t have to be related to your “master” habit, it just has to be something that keeps your body moving throughout the day.

Discipline your procrastination

3. Find a way to discipline your procrastination through tasks that are easy for you to complete first thing in the morning or first thing during breaks during your workday.  If you read a book before you get ready for work, but can’t get to work on time, try reading the book again in the morning so you get started earlier and don’t put off everything else.  If taking a 30-second break after lunch seems impossible, try doing 10 squats during your breaks in the evening.

4. Start off by moving one step forward in each habit before adding more to your life.  If you are trying to wear a wristband to help motivate yourself, make sure it is comfortable and can be worn during all waking hours.  Be sure that each step is something that will be easy for your body to achieve too!

personal trainer’s book

5. Take a note out of our personal trainer’s book and set apart the 1st day of the week as a 1-day-only rest day.  This way, you won’t feel burned out and will have extra energy to kick off your week.

6. Find a role model that you would like to be like and study their habits during the course of your day to see if there are any tips you can duplicate.  One example would be to read someone’s blog posts before work every day just as they read other’s posts before they start working for the day.

Habit implementation

7. Take notes on how people implement their habits around you (and around the world).  Be sure to use some sort of journaling tool like Tracking each day’s habit implementation.  This will help you to see how these habits affect your daily work output.

8. Have fun!  These habits can be taxing at times, but when they become a part of your routine, they become second nature and will add to your energy throughout the entire day.

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