With everything going on in the world right now and the constant notifications popping up on our phones, it's all too easy to get distracted and loose focus. Sometimes we need to re-evaluate our daily routines and buckle down to get on top of those pesky to-do lists. Here are 5 ways we squash distractions and spike productivity when in need.
Write It Down
The first and most crucial step is writing down a checklist of tasks to be completed. Ideally this is done the night before a busy work day, but first thing in the morning works too. Tasks can be prioritised based on urgency and completion time. For example, we like to tick off tasks that take 5 minutes or less (responding to that email, making an appointment, etc.) first thing in the morning. This will give you a sense of achievement and the motivation to continue being productive throughout the day.
Set Time Blocks
Having some structure and setting targets will ensure that you keep on track and minimise procrastination, especially if you happen to be working from home. Break the day up into 1-2 hour times blocks for different areas of work, with periodic breaks scheduled throughout.
For example, a morning schedule could look something like this;
9.00-10.00am // emails and calls
10.00-10.15am // short break
10.15-12.15pm // website work
12.15 - 1.00pm // lunch
Switch Off Distractions
Yes that means your beloved mobile phone. Mute any personal group chats and switch off social media notifications to avoid getting sucked in during the working day. Save your scrolling for breaks and out-of-work hours.
We've found that playing a jazz instrumental playlist on Spotify or Youtube helps us remain focused whilst providing some background noise.
Optimise Your Workspace
Set up your workspace for success. To ensure that your days runs as smooth as possible, keep your desk organised with all the essentials within easy reach. This includes stationary, chargers and a refillable water bottle to maintain hydrated during busy hours. If possible, crack open a window to prevent cabin fever and let in a breeze of fresh air.
It's incredibly important to schedule in regular breaks throughout the day. Even if it's just a 10 minute break to do some quick stretches, get a little fresh air or grab a healthy snack. Taking regular breaks will ensure that you'll feel refreshed and motivated when you return to the desk.
What are your favourite productivity hacks?