It’s a great thing that we all have unique skills and personalities. If we didn’t, we would probably get really bored all the time, wanting the same things, doing the same stuff and so forth. As such, our lives would probably be completely different.
More like a competition where we are all competing for the same prize. Luckily, we have different dreams, desires, goals, milestones or objectives to fight for. And while some of us succeed faster and easier, for others their goals and objectives involve a lot of hard work and devotion.
However, if you draw the line, we all have a certain personal productivity level that enables us to do all of these things at a faster or at a slower pace, depending on our productivity. One of the goals of time management is to improve our productivity level.
If you’ve already figured out what the meaning of your life is and you have a pretty clear view on how your future should look like, you are well on your way to success. However if you feel as if your personal productivity is lacking and that you are not achieving your goals in an efficient manner, you may be wondering how you can change things around.
Figure out what personal productivity means to you
You see, personal productivity means different things to different people. Most people will define it as getting things done effectively and efficiently without sacrificing their personal balance. However, some people may measure it differently.
For instance, some see it as a goal-setting and reaching experience, while others give it more palpable meanings, measuring its results through the money they make, for instance. If you’re truly looking to get things done faster and easier in your life, you are actually looking for ways of improving your time management skills and therefore improve your personal productivity.
Give your personal productivity a boost
There are many paths you can take and here are some tips that will make your journey easier.
See yourself as a productive person.
See yourself as a doer- someone who gets things done. Put trust in your productive abilities and your ability to overcome procrastination.
Prioritize your tasks
Write down all of your tasks and determine which ones are more important than others. Figure out which ones can be accomplished over longer periods of time and prioritize them. You can use a schedule for your actionable items on the list, to make things easier.
Use the Pomodoro technique
Now that you have prioritized your tasks, work on the one at the top of your list using the Pomodoro technique. The Pomodoro technique is developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s and is named after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer (Pomodoro means tomato in Italian).
It is based on the idea that taking frequent breaks can improve mental agility and hence improve productivity. Basically, use a timer to break down your task into 25-minute intervals. Work on your task for 25 minutes without interruption and when those 25 minutes are over, take a 5-minute break.
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After the break, work on your task for another 25 uninterrupted minutes. Repeat this process and at the end of four 25-minute uninterrupted working periods, take a 15-minute break.
Everyone can be more productive. You simply have to have a plan, monitor your progress and check things off your to-do list one at a time. Give the Pomodoro technique a try and let me know if it works for you.