3 Simple Ways To Become More Productive

You’re a hard worker. Most people are. There are some lazy people out there but most people work hard.  Everybody’s tired at the end of the day but it’s questionable how much work was actually done. Many employees tend to spend too much time on social networks, gossiping and handling personal stuff. This is what most people do.

Unfortunately, doing what most people do won’t get you into the upper income brackets.

You need to move from being an ordinary worker to being an extraordinary producer.

Money comes from adding value. If you want the big money, you have to deliver big value. You’ve got to contribute more to your employer or customers. You need to improve your productivity. Remember the old saying:

If you never do more than you get paid for, you’ll never get paid more for what you do.


Your goal should be to improve the quality and the quantity of your work. Work that matters. Work that delivers results, not just busywork. There are good books out there that can help you increase productivity. (Try any of  Brian Tracy’s work like “Time Power“.)  Here are 3 simple ways you can use to increase your productivity instantly.

1- Work All The Time You Work

This is an earth-shattering lesson I picked up from Brian Tracy. It may sound silly and overly simple but most people have not learned this principle. Trust me.

When you’re at work, work. After all, that’s what you get paid to do.  Some people might find this idea offensive but it’s actually the bare minimum. You’re not hired for your time, you’re hired for producing work during a certain time period.

Stop wasting time. Cut out internet surfing, newspaper reading and over-socializing. Try your best to keep personal stuff from creeping into your work time. Save personal phone calls and errands for their appropriate times. These things won’t get you the pay that you desire. So don’t do them.

Working all the time you’re at work can double your productivity. This principle alone will separate you from the average worker.

2- Do One Thing At A Time

Stop multi-tasking. “Multi-tasking” is a term used to describe when a person tries to do as many things as possible all at once. It’s impossible to do two things at the same time in an excellent fashion. You can’t talk on the phone and write an important email at the same time.

Focus all your mental power on one task and you’ll do your best work.

Concentrate on one thing at a time and you’ll make less mistakes. Less mistakes mean less time making corrections later. This helps you to actually finish faster. This frees up time to get other stuff done.

3- Stick With The Task Until It’s Done

Keep working on the one item in front of you until it’s completed. Don’t start one thing and then move on to something else without finishing the first thing. This leads to having a bunch of unfinished projects laying around. That leads to stress because deep down you know that you haven’t completed anything.

Constantly starting and dropping lots of work items wastes a lot of time. You have to figure out exactly where you left off and then you have to start cold all over again.

Save yourself the aggravation.  Get started on one thing and keep at it until it’s finished. Just suck it up and tell yourself you won’t stop until the work’s done. Work at a steady pace that you can maintain and you’ll get into a nice work rhythm. You may look up at the clock hours later and realize you only got one thing done.

But at least it’s done.

Put It All Together

These principles combined will make a drastic difference. They will increase the quantity and the quality of your work. You’ll actually get work done faster. It won’t be long before people start noticing your improvement. More people  will want to work with you and want you on their team. This is key to increasing your income and could be started immediately. If you aren’t already doing these things, start now.

What other simple ways can you think of to improve productivity instantly and for free?

Comments

  1. This is great advice, Raphael. We often tend to over complicate things when it comes to productivity with too many apps and technology. At the end of the day, it comes down to focus and commitment to the task at hand.

    Dustin

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