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Seven Ways To Boost Your Productivity

7 Productivity Tips

If you’d like instant results to improve your focus and productivity, then these seven ways to boost your productivity will do just that. In relation to the post on goal setting on Monday, the advice here is to work backwards, or “chunk” things down into bite-size manageable tasks (chunks). For example, if your main goal is world domination, then this will be a daunting item on your to-do list (I’m sorry for this example, it’s Friday). However, when you break it down into manageable milestones, which can then be subdivided into tasks, this brings your goal closer and makes the task more approachable..

1. Work backwards.

Scribbling “launch website” at the top of your to-do isn’t going to do you any favors. Take your main goals and break them into milestones and then down further into tasks. This will allow you to create more specific tasks that can be accomplished in smaller chunks of time. For example, sketching a wireframe, outlining an introduction for the homepage video, etc. These are goals you will actuallysucceed in crossing off your list.

2. Quit multitasking.

Sure, you may think you’re an “expert multi-tasker,” but changing tasks more than 10 times a day makes you dumber than being stoned. When you’re stoned, your IQ drops by five points. When you multitask, it drops by an average of 10 points — 15 for men, and five for women. It’s time to kiss your multi-tasking days goodbye, especially if you’re a man.

Click here to read all 7 tips on TheNextWeb.com

I’m as happy as ever to see multitasking as viewed as harmful to your brain. If you’d like to learn more about how multitasking is damaging to your brain, a study at Stanford University carried out a few years ago is an enlightening read. In short, chronic multitaskers, were mentally slower, less able to concentrate and focus and were found to be very forgetful. Turning off all distraction is spot on advice and the last point about working in time chunks of between 60-90 minutes is a good one – not so much because of the glucose used up, rather our bodies have Ultradian cycles which typically cycle every 90-120 minutes. During these times you can tune in to when you’re in a state of flow, or when you’re de-energised and act accordingly. For example, when you start to flake out, go and do something else, take a nap or eat something rather than reaching for your nearest caffeinated drink. If you’d like to learn more about that, the topic of flow forms a module in Procrastination To Profit.

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