Lately, I’ve been assessing my life this year and I’ve been dwelling on how my productivity was for 2014. Have I reached actual goals? Was I able to accomplish anything since January? You know, those kind of questions. So in order to appease my self-pity of not being entirely productive for this year, I came up with my essentials for the next year!
Predetermine goals. Know what needs to be done. Make your lists: to-do, goals, etc. Most of the time, it is actually easier to do things when you know what you need to do. Making lists will give you an easier way to track your progress.
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- Proportion Social Media time! Oh, Social Media is a monster!!! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – they pretty much steal productivity time from you and eat up your time instead (believe me, this is based from personal experiencesss). So just allot a certain time for checking on your accounts and do not linger more than 15 minutes or else you’ll never be able to do what you need to do. That’s just a friendly advice.
- Pick-up “productivity essentials”. I think this item varies depending on each person (because true enough, we are all unique). For me, I need pentelpens, ballpens, memo pads, notepads, clips, stapler, and of course a planner. If you’re not a pen and paper person like me and you would like to utilize your smart phone or tab, I’m 100% sure both the Google PlayStore and Appstore have a lot of apps that can you help you with your productivity issues. You can also use existing softwares for laptops or desktop computers.
- Prioritize an item per day. I know multitasking can be so deceiving and it makes you feel that you actually accomplish more if you multitask. But experience has been a great teacher to me and I recommend prioritizing items. If one item can be ticked from the list in a few minutes or hours, then proceed to your next task. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3 but putting the tasks in order may be the problem especially if you need to finish all tasks on the same deadline, or consistent ones.
- Pamper yourself. It’s not a secret that people who take short breaks in between working on something (or a number of tasks) yield more result than those who choose to drain their brains out while working on a task. Take 10-15 mins break every other hour, and when a big task has been crossed out from your list, reward yourself with a massage, or anything that will allow you to relax.
I hope you guys got something from my essentials! Care to share with me yours?