Being productive is efficiently reaching a goal. Reaching a goal is rewarding personally and socially, but many of us get distracted throughout the day or we learn to procrastinate responsibilities. Here are some tips to help with completing your tasks, reaching your goals and feeling the benefits of being productive.
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1. Look for, create and seek motivation for productivity.
Motivation emerges out of needs, values, goals, intentions and expectations. Motivation for a productive day can be internal or external, but it doesn't matter which type one uses as long as that motivation is tapped to follow through on tasks.
2. Personal care comes before care for others.
Being able to focus and stay focused can be greatly dependent on whether one's personal needs are met. Personal needs include adequate sleep, a nutritious diet and maintaining physical, mental and emotional health. Keeping self-care in mind is the best thing you can do for your ability to focus and attend to your responsibilities without distraction.
3. Focus on one thing at a time.
Switching from task to task does not work. Usually, when someone is doing this it is because he is spinning his wheels to avoid something else. This creates stress, which can interfere with one's effort to be more productive.
4. Break up large tasks into smaller tasks.
This can be easily written on a piece of paper or put into your phone. Breaking the job down into components allows one to manage the tasks into bite sited chunks. Smaller goals that can be completed over a relatively short period increase your motivation to continue.
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