Sometimes we just can’t seem to be productive. We’ve all been there and it’s surely not our fault. Acknowledging the problem is the first step to solving it. Being more productive can be hard at times but using some tried and tested techniques such as good schedule management can be a huge help.
Today we’re going to teach you some tips and tricks that will help you manage your schedule more efficiently and allow you to be more productive.
List down your tasks
The simplest way to stay on-track when juggling activities is to list down ALL your tasks. Seeing the next item on your list will keep you focused on your schedule and prevent you from procrastinating.
Write down notes for everything that you need to remember. Psychological studies show that you are more likely to remember something that you’ve written down even if you never see the note again.
Writing notes for what you have to do will help you retain the information because you’ll also store a mental image of the note in your head. This is especially true for those with a photographic memory.
Grouping tasks can help you optimize your time and get things done quicker. Below are some good examples of how to group tasks:
- Meeting multiple co-workers at once (rather than individually) to discuss work.
- Buying everything you need whenever you’re in a store. This will help you avoid return trips.
- Do some of your tasks while waiting for a bus or taxi. Working while commuting will reduce the amount of work that you have to do when you get home.
Allocate extra time for unexpected tasks
The reality is, unless you have psychic powers, you can’t predict what will happen in your day. Not leaving extra time for unexpected tasks can leave you spreading yourself too thin.
Picture the following scenario; you’re busy editing a video, you’re on schedule and everything is running smoothly when suddenly, you receive a phone call. It’s your brother saying that he’s been arrested for DUI and needs you to come to the police station and bail him out.
You’ve gone from being on-schedule to working with a “gonna miss the deadline” time frame in a single phone call. Situations like these are why leaving time in between tasks is so important.
Some people will try to rush through their whole day’s work in a couple of hours without taking any breaks. This is a perfect example of someone trying to work harder instead of smarter. Chewing through tasks like a bat out of hell will do nothing but wear you out faster. Once you’re all burned out, it will be hard to regain your productivity for that day.
Taking regular breaks is extremely important when trying to maintain your productivity. Taking short breaks once every hour will help you recharge your creative batteries. After taking your break you’ll be so productive that you’ll be able to get your work done even faster than you would have if you had worked for hours on end.
If you’re not sure exactly what to do on your break time then consider reading our blog post about beneficial writing exercises that anyone can do.
You can read more about the logic of taking breaks here.
A good schedule is useless if you get sick as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle. Here are some healthy habits to keep the doctor away:
- Eat healthy. It might sound a bit cliche but eating your green vegetables and having an apple a day actually works!
- Get plenty of sleep. Most adults can get away with 7-8 hours of sleep but people below the age of 18 should sleep for up to 10 hours.
- Sleep early. The best way to get up early while still getting enough sleep is to sleep early!
Consol is the one-size-fits-all solution for anyone who wants to manage their schedule efficiently. You can write notes, list your tasks, and so much more! Prices start at an affordable $9/month!
The bottom line
If you write some notes, keep track of your tasks, leave some time for emergencies or breaks, and use Consol, you’ll be more productive than a homesteader on steroids. We hope you learned a thing or two. Feel free to share this blog post with your friends who need help maintaining their productivity or handling their schedules. Happy working!