Do you find your productivity dipping from time to time? It happens to everyone and can go up and down depending on what’s going on in your life. The pandemic has effected everyone in different ways, but has definitely had an impact on most people.

Productivity comes from setting goals, learning to work efficiently and knowing how to relax. I’m fortunate enough to be very efficient, even on little sleep. I don’t know when I became this way, but I can effectively go through an amount of work that’s mind boggling to some. People that know me call me a machine. I’m not sure if it’s a compliment or not! It’s hard to notice when I have a dip in productivity, but when it happens, it shocks me, so I quickly have to refocus, replan and prioritize.

These are some of the steps to help boost productivity, even during the toughest times.

Plan

Planning can help keep you on track and focused on achieving the things you need to get done, which is a large part of being productive.

Prioritize

Before you start any project or responsibility, think about how it relates to your job or personal goals.  Divide responsibilities into three categories:

  1. Essential 2. Important 3. Nice-to- Do

When prioritizing, ask yourself why you’re doing a particular activity. How urgent is it? Can it be given to someone else or done at a later time?

Consider your most critical work and personal time commitments. On busy days, you may need to compromise. For example, if you have a report due the next day, you may have to forgo the dinner out and eat at home instead.

Reshuffle

Think about when you’re most energized before jumping into your day. Do your most demanding work when your energy is at its peak and save less challenging work for other times.

Organize

Stay focused on what’s important for your work and personal goals.

Timing

Things always take longer to do than you think. If you’re chronically late, people may believe that you’re disorganized, can’t plan properly, or that you simply don’t care enough to show up on time.

Try setting your alarm, phone or watch ahead 10-15 minutes. It’s a trick that works well for some people (especially once they’ve forgotten that they’ve set their time ahead).

If you’re extremely late, think about getting up an hour earlier every day, especially if you try to cram more into your day than you can truly handle. However, if that’s the case, you should be more realistic about how much you can manage in one day, and try to reduce unnecessary things.

Relax

Relaxing really should be number one, as it’s my top choice! Remember to have fun along the way. It’s important to unwind to minimize the chance of burning out and becoming unproductive.

If you need some tips and ways to spend time with family and friends, or things to do during the pandemic, check out some of these posts.

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