Debra-Kaye Elliott

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Are You Productive?

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Are You ProductiveWe’re all busy in our everyday lives with personal, work, and family obligations. However, if you reflect on all the things you do daily, how productive are you? Are you someone who’s easily distracted and caught up in things that take up a lot of your time? Or are you disciplined and focused on the task at hand to get it done and move on to the next? Many people talk about and encourage multitasking. However, if you think about it, trying to complete several tasks simultaneously equals to you completing none – as switching between tasks doesn’t allow your brain to give each your full attention. You may end up forgetting to check something for functionality, review it for accuracy or necessary changes; or you’re simply not putting forward your best effort.

Here are a few tips for being more productive with your time and accomplishing the things you set out to do:

1. Create a to-do list of what you need to accomplish for the day

2. Prioritize your to-do list with the most important tasks at the top

3. Utilize a productivity app such as Wunderlist, Asana, Evernote or Todoist to keep you on track

4. Take note of how much time is involved in completing each task

5. Make your to-do list a daily habit

Creating a to-do list is a great way to get everything out of your head and written down for easy reference, ensures you don’t forget things, and eliminates back-and-forth activities with each task. Not only that, it also gives you a sense of accomplishment when you complete each item and put a check mark or write “Done” beside it ;).

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3 thoughts on “Are You Productive?

  1. Great stuff Debra, love this! 🙂

    I agree that lists are so useful and beneficial for productivity. They are especially helpful when we get over whelmed when thinking of all the tasks we want to accomplish in our mind, writing them down helps to organise these thoughts and tasks and alleviate that stress.

    Another way I keep productive is by using the Pomodoro technique. I do 25 minutes of uninterrupted focussed work and then I have 5 minutes break. I have a timer on my laptop that keeps me accountable for this. Since I’ve used this technique I have noticed a significant increase in my productivity.

    Loving the content, keep doing what you’re doing! 🙂

    PS – On a related note, I’m on the hunt for feedback for my new show The HERO Podcast! It’s all about creating healthy habit. The episode with Derek Doepker may be of interest to you where he discusses how to make lasting changes. You can check it out (and maybe leave a short review if you like) here: http://apple.co/2kjNoGN

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