Ever have trouble staying productive? I know I do! Staying on task can be hard and distractions can cause us to waste a lot of time. Bustle reports that it takes 23 minutes to bounce back from a distraction at work. Think about how much that adds up when you take into account how many times we get distracted every single day.
That's a lot of wasted minutes, right?
Luckily, that can change. You can take control of your time and learn to stay on task. In return, you'll be more productive and probably much less stressed. Sounds good, right?
Here's six ways that you can be the queen (or king) of productivity.
Turn off your notifications.
The only notifications that I get on my phone are for calls, texts, and Facetime calls. No more Facebook, Instagram, or even e-mail notifications. I don't even have the badges that pop up on the individual the app. The only way I know I have a DM or e-mail is if I open the app and look. I check my phone a lot less now and it is so much easier to stay on task!
Do the hardest task first.
What's the hardest task or the task you're absolutely dreading to work on today? Do that first. Get it done and out of the way so that you can work on the things that are more enjoyable and easier for the rest of the day.
Time-blocking will change your life. Set aside time every day for each task you have to do. Set aside a certain amount of time to check your e-mails, work on a project, check your phone, and even take a short walk. Add these set times to your calendar so you know exactly what needs to get done and when you're working on it. If you're giving yourself 30 minutes to do something, time yourself, and when that time is up, move on to the next. There are so many successful people who swear by this.
Take intentional breaks.
Intentional breaks are good for you. Take a walk, meditate, or even get in a quick workout! You'll come back to your desk feeling motivated.
Get enough sleep at night.
You'll be surprised at how much a good night's rest can impact your day and overall focus.
Have your goals in mind.
Distractions can be avoided when you're focused on your end goal. Set up daily goals by prioritizing what's most important and build your schedule around your goals helps maintain the necessary focus to get things done.
Distractions are bound to happen, but staying focused and on task doesn't have to be hard. These tips should help you waste a lot less time and stay productive at your 9 to 5.