Recently we changed internet providers and for some reason kept exceeding our monthly data limit, despite having the same limit as our previous provider. This meant come the last few days of the month we were stuck with super slow internet. It was painful, but also kind of great.
Having painfully slow internet meant no longer spending half my day scrolling through various social media updates or pinning awesome home decor inspiration on Pinterest. Nope, it wasn’t worth the effort to do anything non-essential so instead I found myself completely focused, with a massive increase in productivity, flying through tasks I had been procrastinating on for weeks.
I achieved more in a couple of hours than what I usually achieve in a couple of days. Pretty sad really! But a great reality check to improve my procrastinating ways.
3 HABITS GUARANTEED TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
1. Remove Distractions
This one was the biggest changed needed for me. Every time a new notification popped up on my ipad screen, I would lose another 10-30 minutes checking Facebook, emails, Twitter, etc, before coming back to my task until the next distraction. Total productivity killer!
Remove the distractions that take you away from the task at hand. This may mean disabling notifications for an hour, or completely so you only get updates when you manually check, or turning your phone on silent, turning off the TV or radio. Whatever derails your attention needs to go!
2. Have a Plan
It can be hard to make a lot of progress if you don’t actually know what you want to do. Before you start something, whether it be work related or a personal project, map it out so you know exactly what you want to achieve, what steps are needed and how you can tackle the task. This way you won’t end up wasting time by not knowing where to start.
Having a plan can drastically increase productivity because it gives you direction and focus, while also giving you the chance to prioritise more important tasks over the less important tasks.
3. Maintain a Routine
This is another area I was failing. Up late, sleep late, chaotic life with two kids during the day. I was doing the things that needed doing just whenever there was a spare moment, but this meant sometimes burning the candle at both ends to make it happen (hello 3am).
Set up a routine for your week so you have set times to achieve certain tasks each week. You may even want to schedule your time so you do certain tasks on certain days, allocating a block of time to each regular task. Routine is a must if you want to increase productivity and avoid flying by the seat of your pants!