5 Daily Productivity Practices To Reduce Stress and Get Things Done
We’re asked to to more with less help while putting up with ever increasing interruptions. Throw in rabbit holes like Facebook, Twitter, and BuzzFeed at our fingertips and staying productive has become more challenging than ever.
But all is not lost. Take these steps to stay focused, reduce stress, and keep the productivity engine chugging.
1. Touch It Once – Instead of re-evaluating a task yet again, saving too many articles to read later, or staring down an email for the fifth time, act the first time you encounter each and move on.
This is not as easy as it seems and I sometimes stumble, but the more I work at it, the better I get. Read more
2. The Checklist – Checklists reduce errors. They facilitate consistency and completeness in carrying out tasks and avoiding mistakes. They provide a kind of cognitive net, catching mental flaws inherent in all of us — flaws of memory and attention and thoroughness.
I create checklists for new and recurring processes. This way I don’t have to fear omitting a critical step. And I can hand off a project without missing a procedural beat. Read more
3. Pomodoro, the Tomato Timer – The idea is simple: you wind up a timer for 25 minutes and work on only one thing. The timer rings and you reward yourself with a little break, then get ready for the next Pomodoro.
I use this technique frequently, blocking off time for specific projects with no interruptions. Read more
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4. Calendaring – Done the right way, calendaring keeps you organized, improves efficiency, and keeps you on task.
It took me a while to form the habit of immediately recording appointments, meetings, tasks, etc, in my calendar, but I eventually got the hang of it and it’s proven so useful, there’s no turning back. It helps you prepare for the next day or week ahead. Read more
5. Start the Night Before – Spending a few minutes at the end of the day or the night before, reflecting, and writing down and prioritizing the tasks you need to complete the next day, makes a world of difference in how you start your day and how productive you are during the day.
I do this every night preparing for the next day. It makes the night more peaceful and mornings less hectic. Read more
Individually, these practices improve productivity. Together, they meaningfully impact how much work you get done every day and helps to reduce stress at home and at work.
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