So much to do and so little time! This seems to be one of the most common complaints in our hectic society. Whether we are at home, at study or at work, there are inevitably many demands on our time. Here are a few ways to supercharge your productivity and get everything done with minimal stress.

1. Eat Right

A healthy diet is important for so many aspects of life. It is the nutrients contained in the food we eat that gives our bodies the fuel it needs. Did you know that eating the right foods can also increase concentration and memory? Flavonoids, a compound found in blue and red berries help improve brain function, science has confirmed. It takes up to 5 hours for the effects to kick in, so why not enjoy a blueberry smoothie for breakfast and top up with a handful of berries later in the day to give your brain a boost?

2. Concentrate on 1 Thing

Some years ago the concept of multi-tasking became big news; it seemed that everyone was doing it, or at least trying to in an attempt to get more things done. It turns out, this is not the best approach after all as only 2% of us are efficient multi-taskers. In fact, a study has shown that our productivity levels actually drop by up to 40% – that’s a huge amount! – when we try to do multiple tasks at once.

Instead, focus on the job at hand, give it your full attention and then move on to the next thing. This approach will not only help you to achieve more, it will make you feel less frazzled.

3. Break it Up

Our minds work best when they are fresh. A long session slogging away at a task makes us tired, as this happens, understandably, our productivity drops. Avoid this by scheduling your day into bite-size chunks, allowing for regular breaks. Ideally, get up from your desk and get some air before resuming. A change in environment provides new stimuli for the brain. When you return to work, you will find that your mind is fresh and you may be able to solve problems that you struggled with beforehand.

Scientific research suggests that we work best in a ratio of 90:20, this means that you should work for no more than an hour & a half at a time before taking a 20 minute break. This said, we are all different so experiment to see what your perfect ratio is.

4. Create Achievable Deadlines

If you have ever sat down to work without a plan of action you will have most likely found that you achieved very little. Just like children, adults need structure in our day too. Begin each day with a To- Do list, this is a visual representation of all that you want to achieve which provides the opportunity to congratulate yourself as you tick each one off. Who doesn’t love that feeling?!

The Eisenhower Principle can help us to determine between urgent & non-urgent tasks. If you know that a project is going to take more than one day to complete, it is advisable to break it up into sections that can be scheduled and assigned deadlines on your calendar. Though it may sound silly, this process reinforces your sense of achievement which is paramount in completing large projects. If we do not experience accomplishment on an ongoing basis we are much more likely to give up.

5. Learn to Touch Type

Although millennials who have grown up with keyboards as an extension of their fingers may feel that they are competent typists, there is a correct way to do it. Learning to touch type is an invaluable tool, when we have to look down at our fingers to see where we are placing them on the keyboard then we cannot simultaneously read the report we are trying to type. Touch typing involves muscle memory, the same skill involved in learning to play a musical instrument. It can be frustrating, and uncomfortable at first as you force your fingers into their correct position, but the benefit can be as much as a 50% increase in your typing speed. Just imagine how much more you could get done!

Regardless of how busy your day is perhaps the biggest impediment to productivity is stress. So take a few deep breaths, make a plan of attack and then go for it. We can all only do our best with the 24 hours in every day so go easy on yourself and a enjoy a pat on the back for what you do achieve.

 

Mary Frenson is a Marketing Assistant at Checkdirector.co.uk, a new source of information on UK companies. Mary is always happy to share her marketing ideas and thoughts on business issues. In her free time, she enjoys handicrafts.

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