Take a big step back to think about your productivity. Are there foundations that you can build on to organize your work and life to be more productive? There are! Think about concepts that can be overarching your work and life. Here are 4 simple productivity tips that can be the base of your producitivity strategies. These are to pause, to consolidate, to chunk, and to create a process. In addition, here are ways to use these strategies in your home and office.
a temporary stop in action or speech.
“she dropped me outside during a brief pause in the rain”
||stop, cessation, break, halt, interruption, check, lull, respite, breathing space, discontinuation, hiatus, gap, interlude; More
It’s so easy to jump right in and start organizing and getting stuff done. The power of a pause can make your work more efficient and focused. Inserting a pause gives you time to plan and prepare for the outcome. You can look at what you are working on and prepare sequentially for the outcome you want. With a pause, you can define what is your end goal before you leap ahead. Giving yourself a pause is a way to ensure your work is your best effort leading to the outcome you have in mind.
- Use mindfulness throughout the day to stay in the moment as you work.
- Include meditation or yoga as the first routine in your day.
- If you are feeling aggitated or anxious, take a few deep breaths or take a walk.
combine (a number of things) into a single more effective or coherent whole.
“all manufacturing activities have been consolidated in new premises”
||combine, unite, merge, integrate, amalgamate, fuse, synthesize, bring together, unify
“consolidate the results into an action plan”
When you consolidate, you are getting all the items, tasks or thoughts in one place. If things are too spread, you are not sure what you have, your thoughts are jumbled and your tasks might be in listed in many different spots. The Power of One is when you only have one place to look, one list to review or one thought that summarizes your results.
- Write all your ideas and tasks in a single notebook.
- Gather all your supplies and store these at a single point of use.
- Add all your contacts to a single database, CRM or contact list.
divide (something) into chunks.
“chunk four pounds of pears”
method of presenting information which splits concepts into small pieces or “chunks” of information to make reading and understanding faster and easier.
To chunk, or chunking, is a strategy to break a big project into smaller, do-able units. When you are feeling overwhelmed by a project, create a plan that breaks it into smaller chunks that are manageable. Chunking also creates a unit for context. By grouping together information into ideally sized pieces, these can be used effectively to produce the outcome you want. Time chunking, according to Productivityist Mike Vardy, allows for purposeful use of your days.
- Use a project management tool like Trello to establish chunks.
- Set up your day with a chunk of time set aside for a daily routine.
- Create your task list with just the one next step, the one next chunk.
Create a process
a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end.
“military operations could jeopardize the peace process”
||procedure, operation, action, activity, exercise, affair, business, job, task, undertaking
One of my biggest pet peeves is “re-creating the wheel”, that being when I am doing the same things over and over. There might be a better way to do something, however first I want to establish one way to do that thing with the outcome that I want. Yes, it is highly linear and specific in that it is step by step. At times we need to know what to do to achieve the end result we want repeatedly. That’s where a process makes all the difference. Your process should be a tried and true method. Here’s what basic processes come into play.
- Set up a process for getting laundry complete and dinner on the table at home
- What is the process for when you have a new client?
- Use a bill paying process that includes setting up online bill paying.
- Create a paper process for your home or work.
This is big picture stuff! One of these is most likely already a part of your productivity toolbox. Think about how one of these as a single concept can make a difference in your work and responsibilities. All 4 concepts help you use your time productively as well as efficiently. Assess which tip is already working for you and that could be enhanced, as well as which tip you would like to try out. If you are already working hard, it’s time to assess and work smarter.
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