Ernest Hemingway said,” Never mistake motion for actions.”
Simply he meant that being busy and being productive aren’t synonyms. You can be busy all day without any productivity.
However, productivity doesn’t imply that you work all the time.
Most of us get guilty of sleeping and sickness as they waste time. But we are not born to be a walking factory. We all deserve some ‘me time’.
You can be a person who loves Saturdays and Mondays as well. All you need is to find some more time by being productive.
How to be productive
1) Find a Middle Road Between Multitasking and Focus
A dream project or an approaching exam anything ensuring a better life needs focus. But who says you need to give 100% to tiny tasks also?
Find where you can multitask because sometimes quantity dominates quality.
You can prepare the gist of your PowerPoint presentation or revise something while commuting to work or while Netflix-ing. Save your time to allow you to perform major things with focus. A minute saved is productivity earned.
2) Don’t sweat over a sickbed
While you’re lying on your bed burning with fever your mind talks to you. It says, “You are more than this disease.”
Throwing the blanket away, you jump out of the bed and dip yourself into the work.
An hour later the fever shoots up!
Sounds familiar? You do get more headache if you continue working in an aching head. Don’t you?
The only thing to ease your disease is rest. A day of rest can save you from another two days of being sick.
Remember, you are not a robot. Humans need rest. Only exert yourself in sickness if it’s the opportunity you were dreaming about for years. Your body should not be crushed under the workload.
3. Get a dice
Raise your hand if the real culprit of your dying productivity is procrastination. (You are not alone, my hand is also up).
Procrastination comes at 3 steps– While starting to work, finishing it and repeating it.
All these steps include symptoms of quitting, generating excuses, shifting to unimportant activities or delaying decision syndrome. Clubbing together, this boils down to one thing- ‘Instruction-less-ness.’
It is a word weighing several pounds but the meaning is simple: You don’t have any instruction- no further steps to do. This makes us choose the easy thing, i. e., lazy-full-ness.
When we are confused or don’t know where to go, we follow the first instruction we get. Most of the times these instructions include- open FB, let’s watch a new episode of series or laugh with memes.
Choosing better instructions can make the whole difference!
Pick up 6 to do’s you should be doing when procrastination tries to knock down your productivity. Make them simple but not easy.
You can use something like:
1) Do your best for the next 10 minutes.
2) A 15-minute nap and then hardcore work next 30 minutes.
3) Finish the easier task first.
Make your list, roll a dice when you feel procrastination is about to kick in and get things done.
This can make you healthier also.
A common myth is that procrastination affects your professional life only. But according to a research titled “I’ll Go to Therapy, Eventually,” procrastination is connected with stress.
A procrastinator has poor mental and physical health. Start respecting your health by being a non-procrastinator.
4) The Best Time is ‘NOW’
Who is more productive a night owl or an early bird?
Anyone could be. But for productivity, the answer is the third one.
The present eagle.
Don’t delay working till the stars of night accompany you or for the cock to trumpet your beginning of work.
Keep your eyes on the present and nothing else.
Be someone benefitting from every possible time to work. Whether you came 10 minutes early to work or your train is an hour late, fill every break of the present with productivity.
And if you want to skip reading and first finish your work, go ahead. Your tick marks on the to-do list are all we want.
5) Listen and talk
Yes, we all do them again and again. But the step for productivity surge is not mere talking and listening. You have to turn your conversation into GOLD.
GOLD- ‘Giant opportunities to leverage deeds.’
It means simply converting conversations to self and others into something that matters.
Even in 2019, when we are stuck and see no way to proceed, an old saying flashes in our head, “When there is a will there is a way.”
Why this saying?
It’s because of two reasons.
First, we have heard it (of course) and second because we know it is true. People have followed it and achieved success.
What you need are positive words. It could be your own affirmation or a quote from your favourite leader. Keep saying, listen repeatedly and it will come to rescue you when your productivity breathes last.
A Ted talk, a podcast, a book, or a conversation with a stranger, anyone could be your Gold. Keep looking for it and once you find it, treasure it!
That’s all for how to be productive with 5 totally fresh techniques.
Signing off, I need to throw my dice. Procrastination step 3.