5 Easy Habits For Increased Productivity
Research evidence has consistently shown that a balanced diet, a proper amount of sleep and regular exercise are the three essential habits of highly productive people. While a healthy lifestyle provides an essential foundation for maintaining productivity, mental strategies and tools are equally important in helping you to continuously excel at work. The following 5 habits are what every high-achieving employee must adopt and practice consistently:
Habit #1: Define your purpose
Motivation stems from within. That’s why being clear on your immediate and ultimate goals is the first most important ingredient in the recipe for success, in both your career and life in general. In his book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, Steven R. Covey suggests the following values-based questions to help you define our purpose:
- what I want to be (character)
- what I want to do (contributions)
Once you’ve figured out your own answers to these two questions, use them to guide your career choice and job search.
Habit #2: Identify your achievements
It’s crucial to keep track of your achievements and to notice the small things you accomplish each day. Not only ticking items off your to-do list will help you create and maintain a sense of progress, but it will really come in handy when that job interview invitation lands in your mailbox.
To ensure no important achievement escapes from your records, make it your daily habit to write down three things you accomplished today that made you feel proud or satisfied. In this way, you will build motivation and confidence for further achievement and progress.
Habit #3: Demonstrate your achievements
Not only is it ok to promote yourself, often it is simply necessary. Too shy to advertise your success? Make it look as if you’re asking for advice: “I have been working on a website design over the past couple of weeks, and I’d like to know what you think”.
Your manager will be pleased you care for his or her opinion, and there’s no way your hard work and impressive results will remain unnoticed.
Habit #4: Unplug and go for a walk
On some days we manage stress and pressure just fine, but sometimes it’s essential to prioritise your wellbeing over any immediate work tasks. Recharging your batteries does not require a full-day spa outing (although sometimes that is totally needed!) – the solution might be as simple as going for a walk.
A Stanford University study has found that walking may increase creative output by an average of 60 %. A relaxed walk will refresh your focus and may inspire a completely different perspective on the problem you’re grappling with.
Habit #5: Procrastinate your procrastination
Wouldn’t it be awesome if all your most fabulous ideas could be acted upon with immediacy they (no doubt) deserve? Alas, all sorts of impediments usually stand on the way of our most daring projects, including your own tendency to delay taking action. Breaking the habit of procrastination is going to take time and deliberate effort, but it can be achieved. Thibaut Meurisse, an author and personal development coach, has an action plan to help you turn from a planner into a doer:
Eliminate distractions. How many times have you checked your email, Facebook or Instagram today and got carried away and disengaged from your tasks? (ordering no-doubt-immediately-necessary stuff on Amazon also counts). Put away your phone and turn off notifications on your computer to create a distraction-free environment.
Develop awareness of your emotions. Being able to recognise the urge to escape from the task as soon as it arises is the first step to conquering this unhelpful impulse.
Reduce task friction. Starting is the hardest part. Try shifting the focus from the feelings associated with an unfinished task to the sense of accomplishment that will come once it’s complete. Use the power of visualization – it works!
“My confidence came from my vision...I am a big believer that if you have a very clear vision of where you want to go, then the rest of it is much easier...I wasn’t there to compete. I was there to win.”
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