The Muse – 7 tips to increase your Productivity
When was the last time you felt that you gave your best? When was the last time you felt that you were satisfied with your productivity? If you are still trying to remember, you need to read this.
“We signed up for a rollercoaster and this mysterious game is about the person who finishes this ride in the smoothest way possible. “
We are homo sapiens and we are known to drown in the destituteness of vicious cycles of procrastination, complacency and the inability to say ‘no’. Life would have been a smooth ride if we knew how to overcome these vices and everyone would be successful. But when we decided to get out of our comfy shell, we also decided to give our best because that’s how one can be the best. We signed up for a rollercoaster and this mysterious game is about the person who finishes this ride in the smoothest way possible. And in order to smoothen this ride, we need to be productive and efficient. We will go through 7 basic steps to increase your productivity and be an efficient version of your former self. Again, this is no rocket science.
#1 Get Disciplined
What is the significance of evolution of mankind if we can’t even structure the way we live? Discipline is a concept that is very well known but equally less adapted. Give me one successful name who is not disciplined ( we will need to have a seperate discussion if you plan to give me gamblers and lottery winners). And then there is talent and discipline. Talent without discipline is like walking on the right path with blindfold on; you are destined to fall. Check the stats of Virat Kohli before he decided to get disciplined and after that.
#2 Prioritize the vital few and not the trivial many
Think of yourself as a surgeon. You get a battered patient due to an accident. He has internal injuries; a broken lung, damaged liver and what not. He also has cuts on his bodies. What do you do? Revive the vital organs or stitch the cuts? If you stitch the cuts first, you have a dead patient on the table and a family to answer. The same goes for your work. And if you are an engineer, think of the pareto chart and we are good to go. For those who are interested in learning the pareto chart, here’s the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-ia-c7cZcM.
#3 Keep that heart pumping
es, your P.T teacher said it; healthy people are more productive. This doesn’t mean you need to get on with songs of Rob Bailey and start lifting like Mr. Schwarzenegger. Just take a walk around the park ( not until this lockdown ends), do some pushups, sit-ups or planks. It will keep your brain in the game and also keep you healthy. (Please ignore my hypocrisy)
#4 Learn to say ‘NO’
You will have to say ‘NO’ to this step of being productive, if you believe that saying ‘NO’ to someone is rude. Is your calendar cluttered with someone else’s priorities? Have you committed to something that doesn’t add value to you? Life is too short for such things. You need to prioritize your own tasks, complete them and then if you get any free time, that’s when you complete such tasks. Saying ‘NO’ is an art that everyone should know. “Thank you for inviting me, but no.” ” Thank you for thinking of me, but no.” There you go, lesson one to saying ‘NO’ in a polite manner.
#5 Be proactive, not reactive
What if all the wars fought in the history were not planned well ? It would just be a bunch of people trying to kill each other. Animals can do that too. We are intelligent species. We have the advantage of having an I.Q and E.Q . We are supposed to make good use of it in order to make sure that we are prepared for the worst. If our world wasn’t proactive, we would either be a colony or dead. Someone said it right, ” Precaution is better than cure.”
#6 Give up on the illusion of perfection
It’s common for people to get hung up on attempting to perfect a task–the reality is nothing is ever perfect. Rather than wasting time chasing after this illusion, bang out your task to the best of your ability and move on. It’s better to complete the task and move it off your plate; if need be, you can always come back and adjust or improve it later.
#7 Set self-imposed deadlines
I, for one, am a person who thrives with deadlines. It gives me a timeframe in which I am supposed to complete the task. Its like competing in a race with the hourglass. And when you don’t have deadlines, you will need to frame one. This will help you complete your work on time and avoid procrastinating.
Now, these things aren’t etched on a stone. You can tweak it and frame it in a way which suits you. Ultimately, it will just be different pathways, the destination will be the same i.e. increasing your productivity.
Avinash Somjani is an intern at utobo and he is currently pursuing his MBA at SIBM Bengaluru. He is passionate about sports, science fiction, history and the ever changing colour of his pen.