How to Improve Personal Productivity – 4 Quick Tips

Are you getting tired of working at only 50% efficiency? This list of quick tips, optimizations and productivity strategies will get you working at 100% power in no time.

Read them, apply them, and watch as your work output improves, your time input decreases, and your lifestyle shoots right up dramatically. Let’s go:

Personal Productivity Tip #1: Micro-test your work times.

Do you often find that you’re more efficient and productive in the mornings? Shape your work day around those times.

For example, spent a week or two working with different day times for your major workload, and see which one produces the best results. After the quick test period, shape your workday around those peak times and watch your results increase.

Personal Productivity Tip #2: Remind yourself to work.

This can be as simple as posting a message on your laptop screen or setting a new desktop wallpaper.

Get an inspirational quote, a personal message, or even just a text file saying “get more done.” These changes aren’t huge, but they’ll teach you how to improve personal productivity like no other.

Personal Productivity Tip #3: Limit and restrict yourself.

Are you often tempted to waste time on irrelevant websites? Use a Firefox plug in (Leechblock is one of the best) to make sure that you don’t waste any more time on websites that aren’t directly related to your work output.

Personal Productivity Tip #4: Don’t look for optimizations, look for major changes.

What major problems are sucking up most of your work time and minimizing the amount of time that you can spend on your workload? For many, the things that waste the most time aren’t the things that are easiest to change.

Spend a couple of weeks working on the big changes, and then use the small optimizations to improve your stable work platform.

By applying these quick tips, you’ll learn how to improve personal productivity, boost your work output, and enjoy a lifestyle that isn’t 100% dominated by work.

How to Double Your Personal Productivity in Just 30 Days – 1 – Preparing Your Attack

How often have you said to yourself, “If only I could get twice as much done as I do now!” The good news is, you can… as long as you have the right method and the motivation to change. In this 3-part series, I’m going to teach you a step-by-step method that will allow you to double your personal productivity in just 30 days. Actually, you could do it in a week, but I prefer to allow for the fact that most people aren’t very consistent at applying new information!

1. Scheduling the Time:

As I emphasized in Part-1, you want to schedule your High Value Tasks (HVTs) for times when your mental and physical energies are at their peak, usually first thing in the morning, although that varies from person to person.

Your next decision is how much time you want to set aside for a given task. In general it’s pretty hard to stay focused for more than one hour of solid working time, so dividing your working time into one hour chunks is a smart way to go. Then, even if the task you’re working on takes two hours to complete, you need to schedule at least a 10-15 minute “stretching break” in between your two one-hour chunks to ensure you’re at your best when you start the second round.

The next vexing question is when to STOP working. Do you quit when you say you’re going to quit, no matter where you’re at, or do you plow ahead until, come hell or high water, you’ve completed your entire tasks?

This is where many people get into trouble. The danger of plowing ahead is that you can end up just working and working longer and longer, until your whole day disintegrates into an undifferentiated mass of low-productivity work. And you DO NOT want that. On the other hand, completing a task has such a huge psychological payoff that you won’t want to stop if you’re close to the finish line. So how do you resolve this conflict? Just apply these guidelines:

1. When you’re scheduling a task, first determine how you’ll know when you’ve finished it! Since you may well be working on a sub-task – one component of a larger task – admit that to yourself and make sure you specify what determines completing the sub-task rather than the larger task.

2. Then determine how long the task will likely take. Then add at least 25% as a safety net – most of us consistently underestimate the time we need.

3. If the task can be completed within a one hour time chunk, then you work at it until it’s completed.

4. If the task is a longer task or a more “creative” one where it’s difficult to say how long it will take, then you stop working after your allotted time expires, no matter what.

2. Preparing Your Workspace:

Make sure your work area is clean and neat: a messy environment will compromise your productivity. Be sure to lay out any documents you’ll need in advance and make sure you have any electronic documents or web pages you’ll need open and ready before you begin. Otherwise, you may spend the first 10 minutes of your “working time” just digging up these items and becoming more and more frustrated.

Next, turn your phone’s ringer off and send all incoming calls to voice mail. If you’re in an office and have an assistant, make sure he or she knows you don’t want to be disturbed. If you’re working from home, negotiate with your family so they know to leave you alone as much as possible when you’re really working.

Also, close your email, your Twitter, your instant messaging and any other means of electronic communications you have. If you’re really serious about doubling your personal productivity, you MUST be willing to make your self 100% “available” to your work for defined periods of time, and that means making yourself 100% unavailable to the demands and interruptions of other people while you’re doing a blitz on your HVTs.

3. Before You Start:

Now that you’ve prepared your physical workspace, it’s time to spend a few minutes on your mental workspace. Going into a task fully motivated will significantly improve your productivity, a lesson every athlete knows all too well.

Find whatever inspires you in your work. It could be success stories in your industry, a book about personal effectiveness, time management or productivity, or simply the vision of what you are working towards. Then spend a few minutes reading or thinking about this until you feel “in the zone”. But don’t stop there…

Close your eyes and visualize yourself working on your task. Make sure you FEEL how easily you’ll complete it and the feeling of personal satisfaction that comes from that. Once you can feel all that, then you’re truly ready to begin.

And once you begin, have a timer or stop watch nearby so you can play “beat the clock” – a phenomenal method for keeping your relentlessly focused on the task at hand.

All these preparations – which most people simply skip over – are absolutely critical to doubling your productivity. Without them, no matter how well you’ve prioritized, your execution will be second rate and the time it will take you to complete a given task can easily increase by 3-400%. So resist the temptation to dive into your work without doing these preparatory steps first. At first these steps may seem tedious but once they’ve become a habit for you, you’ll understand how essential they really are.

Join us next time for the third and final installment of this 3-part series on how to double your personal productivity in just 30 days, when I’ll share with you the strategic secrets of flawless execution.

– Dr. Symeon Rodger

5 Ways to Boost Personal Productivity

Are you always looking for a way to stay sharp, gain an edge and boost your personal productivity? If so you are in the good company of a large percentage of the rest of the population of the planet earth. With so much to do and the list seemingly growing every day we are all looking to increase our personal performance if for nothing more than to just make it to tomorrow.

Increasing productivity starts with getting the most out of what skill sets you already have. With that said here are 5 ways to find the productivity improvement you are looking for by ‘fine tuning’ what you already have.

Start Early

The saying ‘early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’ is something many of us are familiar with and it holds much truth. Starting your day early gives you the opportunity to take advantage of your energy level while at it highest. Both the mind and body tend to wear down throughout the course of a day so it only makes sense to be sure to get the most out of both while they are at their optimal levels.

Develop a Fitness a Routine

Along the lines of increasing personal performance a fit body will possess more stamina and ‘staying’ power allowing you to stay ‘sharper for a longer period of time. It is also a well known fact that exercise supplies more oxygen to the brain allowing it to function more effectively. So here is what you get for exercising, sharper brains on a more fit body, what more could you ask for?

Also adopting a regular exercise routine will help you fall asleep quicker at night so that you can wake up early the next morning

‘List Out’ Your Day

Developing a daily list of priorities will help you maintain your focus on completing those tasks you judge as important. Generally just simply listing out your ‘day in advance’ will automatically help you prioritize the tasks on your list. As your ‘to do’ list is being developed you can make any necessary adjustments as to scheduling or changes in your priorities. This is a great way of ‘scheduling goals’ on a daily basis!

Strengthen Your Strengths

Any strength you may have can almost ALWAYS be improved upon! One of the best ways of increasing productivity is to simply get better at what you are already good at. Besides if you are good at something you usually also enjoy doing it therefore you will not mind spending more time on it to make improvements.

Work on Your Weaknesses

To get better we sometimes need to venture outside our ‘comfort zone’ which means taking on something we are not good at. By dedicating just a small amount of time each day to work on some of our weaknesses we will begin to see improvements in these areas over a short period of time. After a while we will get better and more comfortable with these ‘former weaknesses’ which will make it even easier to spend more time working on them.

If you are driven it is only natural and quite commendable to want to boost your current personal productivity. With an ever growing list of demands, finding ways to increase our personal performance is the best way to tackle these new challenges. Developing new talents and skills is one way to find the productivity improvement necessary to meet these challenges. Another more practical approach to increasing productivity however and possibly even easier is to further develop the skill sets we already have. The 5 ways to do this as discussed above focuses more on ways to strengthen or better utilize any current assets we have. In this way we can build upon that which we already know thereby making us better at that which we already do.

7 Easy Ways To Use Personal Productivity to Guide Your Artistic Career

Artistic careers depend on personal productivity. You can develop your personal productivity to guide your artistic career using 7 easy steps!

As you scurry about trying to find the most productive path, take into consideration that there just may be a simple, organized path to reach your destination.

Your life may be like mine; I have a family, belong to several organizations, and love to garden and travel, as well as paint pictures of places I’ve been. The list goes on and on! Having many interests and commitments makes the use of a personal productivity guide even more important.

7 Steps to Promote Your Personal Productivity:

You may have the idea that artists with few personal productivity goals paint pictures as beautiful as the artists that are truly structured and productive. This would be a correct assumption – but having these guidelines will help you spend more time productively, enjoying your creativity and advancing your career:

1. A Neat Work Space = Greater Creativity

What can be more frustrating than being inspired to create, and not being finding essential supplies? If you make a habit of organizing your space after you finish your creative effort, you can step in any time and get right back to work.

2. Arrange Your Studio to Accommodate Each Medium You Use.

Always having the right supplies at the right table greatly increases your productivity. For instance, I’m inspired to paint in several different mediums. Each medium needs a different set-up. Oils are usually painted while standing at an easel, Watercolors can also be painted while standing but the paper should be lying on a flat surface. Pastels call for a totally different set-up, as they require a very smooth surface and much preparation. By giving each medium a dedicated area, you can step in and use whichever technique you want right away!

3. Create an Overflow Space.

Another helpful way to increase your personal productivity is to have an overflow space. An extra room with shelves that are organized is a great help. This serves you well in that when there is time to be creative, the supplies are ready.

4. Know in Advance Which Supplies You Will Need.

No more rushing here and there finding supplies when you only have a short period of time to create! Consider creating a checklist with supplies you use frequently and need to replenish. Always have a printout of this list to check off when you run out of tubes of paint, etc.

5. Keep Inspired and Informed.

Here are a few ways you can energize your creative time:

  • When traveling about in your car, listen to information that motivates and inspires.
  • In the studio, listen to music as you create.
  • Make your own personal productivity MP3 files to reinforce goals you’ve set and new ones recently added. There are many free tele-seminar sites that record as an MP3. Make your productivity guide easy to listen to wherever you are.

6. Create Clear Goals and Include a Timeline.

Successful artists have good time management skills to use along with their personal productivity guide. Think of the opposite of using your guide, and it will be easy to see that your artistic career seems to stall. Not having a productivity plan may slow you down so much that your goals seem to be just beyond reach.

  • Create special personal productivity goals to benefit your artistic career.
  • Being organized begins with making a schedule of the artistic activities central to your career and your creativity. Set a deadline for each of these goals.

7. Coordinate All Your Plans in a Single Planner or Calendar

  • No more missed club meetings because the date was forgotten!
  • You’ve learned the importance of knowing where your materials are. It’s also a good idea to learn how to estimate how long it will take to complete a project. It makes it that much easier to schedule in time for your creative work, and know that you can spend it creating just what you have in mind.

Take the time to create and use your personal productivity guide. Follow along and implement these suggestions for a more organized studio and life. You’ll enjoy happier time at work, and a more successful artistic career!