3 Excellent Productivity Tips

Productivity tips enable you to get the important things done in a timely and satisfying manner. 3 productivity tips that I encourage you to embrace are:

  • Use a transition activity
  • Take breaks
  • Use rewards

Productivity tips | Transition activity

Productivity will be boosted when you have an transition activity that will move you from 1 activity to another. This includes getting started on a project as well as changing from 1 activity or project to another.

If you are starting your first task or project for the day you may find yourself doing things to delay or avoid the actual task. These include things such as checking email, social media, or even household tasks. Instead, you can schedule a brief, 15 minute activity that will get you ready for the project.

Transition activities are helpful for adults in a way that is similar to children. It is helpful to give children lead time and say, “In 5 minutes we’re going to clean up and get in the car.” An adult version might be giving yourself time to check traffic before you head to an appointment, or taking time to prepare a healthy snack before you start on your project.

If you fear losing focus or becoming distracted one way to transition is to use a timer. Here is an insightful resource:

Use a Timer as a Productivity Booster and Sanity Minder

The benefits of being organized, managing your time, and using a transition activity are:

  • Reduced stress
  • Staying on schedule
  • Increased focus

Productivity tips | Breaks

Breaks will help re-energize you and boost your productivity. Make sure that they are relatively short and don’t distract you from the project that you are working on. There are a number of things you can do to take a break such as:

  • Stand up, move and stretch
  • Practice deep breathing
  • Meditate for 10-15 minutes

Here is a great resource about the benefits of taking breaks:

How Do Work Breaks Help Your Brain? 5 Surprising Answers

Productivity tips | Rewards

Productivity is enhanced when working towards rewards. Rewards may be intrinsic as well as extrinsic. Rewards need to be customized for each individual. There are numerous resources for ways in which you can reward yourself. Various research findings lean towards frequent, immediate rewards.

Outside In Organizer reward tips:

Reward yourself for staying focused on a task for specific time increments. It is highly effective to do this in addition to rewarding yourself for task completion, especially if it is a long project.

Reward yourself with something pleasurable, satisfying, and healthy but not necessarily work related. For example:

  • Call a friend or relative and let them know you were thinking of them, “I had a couple of minutes and want to know what you are doing today.” Keep it brief.
  • Have a healthy treat.
  • Play with your pet.

For more organizing and productivity tips check out my other blogs and email me at denise@outsideinorganizer.com

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