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8 Ways to be Productive

Jose Ahumada, Reporter

8 Ways To Be Productive

Being productive is an important skill to have, especially for those who are going to school and working or have other important things going on in their lives. Productive habits are good to have as they increase your chance of finishing up tasks for the day.

Productivity can help manage time, reduce stress, and beat procrastination.

Here are some basic tips on how to be more productive.

  1.   Creating a to-do list. Make sure to focus on the tasks at hand for the day when making a to-do list. For example, if you have certain classes on certain days for school, look at what assignments are due first and get those done. For paying bills, see what is due first. Then, make a budget to spend your money wisely. As a result, paying off bills will also save unnecessary stress.
  2.   Develop a morning routine. Start the day right by waking up early, meditating, eating a good breakfast, reading, or working out. This ensures that you have energy for the rest of the day.
  3.   Stop multitasking. This is a big habit that tends to kill our productivity. Multitasking is less productive than doing a single task at a time, according to research from Stanford University. Your brain can only focus on one thing at a time and it lacks the capacity to perform multiple tasks successfully. Therefore, work on one thing at a time to be able to perform the task successfully.
  4.   More doing, less waiting- life is all about action. Doing things right away leads to positive results and can produce beneficial habits. If you talk about how you will do something, go ahead and take the first step necessary to reach that goal. After all, actions will always speak louder than words.
  5.   Being less available- do not have too much time on your hands to make yourself available to everyone. There are times you will have to turn down lunch with a friend or skip partying and going out. This gives you time to think, create, plan out, and write.
  6.   Turn off devices- phones and social media can be a distraction and keep people from getting tasks done for the day. Practical tips include turning off your phone, leaving it to charge, or replying to people when you are not busy.
  7.   Set up things on your calendar. Keeping things set on your calendar will help keep you updated on tasks that need to be done for certain days. Eventually, putting tasks on a calendar will help in the long term.
  8.   Being fit- exercising is a good way to stay productive. Getting in shape is a good way to boost your energy levels and productivity. It will set you up with energy for the day and help you focus on the tasks at hand.     

 

So, these are some basic tips to help you with your productivity.

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