Written by Ryota
Do you think you don’t have enough time? Everyone has their reasons for being productive, but the goal is the same for everyone. To produce a lot of output, you need to focus and get into a flow state. In this article, I’ll introduce 5 helpful tips on how to get into that state.
1. Establish daily priorities each morning
A productive person establishes their top priorities before starting their workday. When you begin your morning by identifying three to five goals, you’re less likely to be distracted by the interruptions that come with working from home. You’re also more likely to stay on task and achieve your intended priorities.
2. Avoid Multitasking
Most people are unsuited to multitasking. According to Harvard researchers, if you’re like the average person, you’re lost in thought 47% of the time, and multitasking can keep you stuck there. So, make a plan and focus on what you need to do. Instead of trying to do everything at once, make sure you complete the tasks one by one.
3. Pomodoro method
The Pomodoro technique is a time management methodology where you work for 25 minutes followed by a 5-minute break. You repeat the same cycle 4 times and take a 20-minute break.
The biggest benefit of this method is that it eliminates the anxious anticipation of having to spend a long time working on a complex task. It seems simple, but it does help you break inertia and get started working. I’ve personally found this technique to be a useful one for beating procrastination. Also, short breaks increase your concentration, which is crucial for being productive at anything.
I used to use a to-do app but switched to a physical post-it from last year. This old-school method has been more effective than I imagined since there are no rules for what can be written or drawn on a post-it. You can write a sentence, one word, in all caps, or draw a picture, anything to best capture your idea. I’ve realized the importance of managing my ideas and to-do’s smoothly, regardless of the tool or format.
5. Toggl Track
This tip is for extremists who want to increase their productivity to the next level. Toggl Track is a time tracking app that allows you to track your daily activities across different platforms, providing you with detailed insights and an opportunity to optimize your workflow by identifying areas where you can improve.
Knowing how many hours you’ve spent on each task is an essential process in boosting your productivity. In my case, I’ve realized that I tend to spend more time on creative tasks. And that knowledge definitely helps me improve my own “productivity strategy”.
Increasing productivity isn’t an easy task that can be done overnight. It takes a long time and a lot of trial and error to finally see results. Take your time and have fun while trying out these tips! And don’t forget to take care of your well-being.
If you have other recommendations or thoughts regarding productivity tips, drop a comment and let me know!