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5 Instant, Effective Productivity Boosters for Busy People

The following post is from Prerna of The Mom Writes:


Let’s face it. We’re all leading incredibly busy lives and even if we try to cut out the busyness, we still have full plates, right?

In the midst of this, trying to be more productive is like yet another thing that you have to do. Seriously.

But what if I told you that by making 5 {or even one of these!} little tweaks to your routine or life, you could boost your productivity instantly?

No major life changes, like waking up early or going to bed late.

No things to buy, like a planner or a timer.

That’s right. Just small, simple but highly effective ways of increasing your productivity right away.

Ready? Let’s get started:

1. Put things where they belong.

Ever spent an hour hunting for a stapler? I have. Really. So, believe me, when I say that putting things where they belong is a little known productivity booster. Not only does it keep your desk or home a lot neater, it makes finding things a lot quicker and therefore, saves you a ton of time.

2. Pause before saying, ‘Yes’.

I have a chronic people pleasing personality. Saying ‘no’ for me is one of the most difficult tasks. I’ve made it easier for myself by using email to turn down projects that I don’t have the time or interest for. But when it comes to face-to-face interactions, I now pause before jumping in and saying ‘yes’ and then, regretting it immediately.

The next time someone asks if you can help and you can’t, pause for 5 seconds or so, say ‘I’ll think about it’, and then, either email, call or text message your refusal.

Not saying ‘yes’ to everything is a great way to keep your schedule uncluttered and helps you be more productive in everything you do.

3. Make technology your friend.

Yes, use technology when it helps you work faster and quicker. For instance, if writing your to-dos in a paper journal is quicker and easier for you, don’t switch to an electronic to-do apps just because you have to.

Instead, find ways in which technology helps you actually save time. For instance, maybe  like me, you enjoy reading on the go. So, downloading the Kindle app on your laptop or smartphone will help you do your reading while you wait at the dentist.

4. Stay hydrated and nourished.

Our productivity takes a big hit when we aren’t hydrated or nourished enough. No, coffee does not hydrate you. Trust me, I know. So, make sure you’re getting up to get a drink of water regularly.

Also, nourish your body and soul by eating healthy, getting enough sleep and plenty of fresh air. It could mean taking an apple to the park to work on your project. So, do it. Get out of the house and you’ll be amazed at how much more you can achieve.

5. Implement just one change at a time.

Finally, like I’d said at the start of the post, we’re busy people. So don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to make too many changes at one go. Take it one step at a time. Whether you’re trying to boost productivity by saying ‘no’ or by drinking water, choose one and stick with it for as long as it takes for it to be a natural part of your life.

What little known productivity boosters do YOU know of? Share with me in the comments!

Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in being postively productive, parenting with love and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Find her sharing her journey and experiences with productivity and parenting at The Mom Writes.