It’s a new year, and for some, that means new opportunity. Many people have decided that this is the year that they will take action and get things done. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg even announced that he would run a mile a day, 365 miles total.
While a new year always brings new opportunity for some, others find it difficult to manage their time and get things done at home or in the workplace.
Here are 4 simple productivity hacks that you can use to help skyrocket your productivity for the new year.
1. Write Things Down
This is a simple discipline that I refused to use for years because I just didn’t see the point.
What would I do with all the paper that I wrote on?
Should I stick it on the wall?
My handwriting sucks so what if I can’t even read it?
I’ve got it all in my head, so why bother writing it down?
After years of arguing with myself, I finally buckled down and began writing things down either using the standard pen and paper or Google Keep on my phone.
What I found was really interesting: when I would write things down, I was able to retain them better.
Not only that but by writing my thoughts or ideas down, they now had a concrete, unchanging identity that I could come back to if I ended up forgetting them or feeling unmotivated to work on them.
This simple, tried-and-true productivity hack can work wonders if you’re a scatterbrain like myself who thinks he can remember everything.
2. Use Task Management Software
Working a corporate office job taught me a valuable lesson: task managers are a godsend.
With all of the tasks that I had to do on a daily basis, without task management software I wouldn’t have lasted a week.
Thankfully, using the software provided by my company, each day I could open up a page and view all of my daily tasks in an orderly fashion.
If you find yourself doing several daily tasks at your job or in your business, a task manager could seriously save you time and boost your productivity.
Save yourself some unneeded stress at your job or in your business and start using a task manager!
3. Break Your Work into Smaller Blocks
When you first start building a business, it can be an incredibly daunting task.
So much to do with so little time to do it – at least that’s how I felt.
Rather than try tackling everything at once, the smarter thing to do is to break your work into smaller, more manageable blocks of time.
For example: if you are wanting to write 100 blog posts in a year, that can sound like an overwhelming task up front.
However, if you instead broke that work up into writing just 2 blog posts per week, your task now sounds very manageable.
Never try to take on a big task all at once, as the saying goes: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
4. Take Breaks
Unless you’re some sort of highly evolved creature that can run 24/7 without stopping, you need to take a breather every now and again.
When I tackle any project, I tend to work in 90 minute intervals with a 10-20 minute break after each interval.
This helps me regain focus, stretch, get some fresh air, and not feel like crap for sitting in the same place for 8 hours straight.
It might sound counterintuitive to take several breaks throughout the day when you’re trying to be productive, but it actually helps tremendously as studies have shown that people who take breaks tend to get more accomplished than people who don’t.
Remember to work smarter, not harder!
There are plenty of other ways to help skyrocket your productivity and dominate the new year, so utilize what you know and make this your most productive year yet!