If you felt you were struggling to “get everything done” in 2021, the new year is a perfect time to pick up some new habits! These productivity hacks can help you get and stay on track for 2022.
Multitasking is the ultimate way to accomplish multiple tasks at the same time… right? Well, that’s not always true. Research shows that the human brain can only focus on one complex task at a time. Trying to focus on multiple things will result in less-than-your-best performance. So instead of drafting one email while reading another or answering Slack chats mid-meeting, pick just one task and finish it before moving to the next.
Say No to Notifications
Nowadays, we’re expected to be responsive at any given moment. But have you ever questioned the cost of being available at all times? Here’s a hint: It has to do with focus. Push notifications derail productivity, moving your focus from the task at hand to a text, social post, or news alert. By turning off notifications, you can minimize distractions. It’s much easier to get things done without dings and lock screen banners.
Set Your Phone Aside
If muting notifications isn’t enough, try stashing your phone away. All it takes to become distracted is a quick glimpse of the screen. Keeping your device in a bag pocket or another room can minimize the urge to check your Twitter feed instead of tackling your to-do list.
Even if you have a desk job that requires you to sit behind a computer all day, it’s important to make time to move. Physical activity engages the body, curbing boredom and sharpening productivity. Not sure how to get moving? Schedule “walking meetings” or invest in an under-desk bike. You should also schedule quick, regular breaks for stretching.
It feels great to check something off of your to-do list, so why not bask in that moment to gain motivation? Spencer Gerrol, CEO of analytics startup SPARK Neuro, says it’s important to regularly reflect on your progress and where you’ve come from. He suggests setting time regularly to review your accomplishments and consider how to tackle repeat tasks more productively.
Identify and Eliminate Extras
Think about what small, unnecessary distractions are eating away at the time you could otherwise spend being productive? For example, if you spend a lot of time watching TV, you may want to identify which shows actually resonate with you versus those you watch just to kill time. If you delete emails daily, you might want to invest that time in unsubscribing from unwanted newsletters. Killing the extra tasks in your life will help you find time and energy to complete those that matter.
Struggling to get it all done? Productivity is a struggle when distractions are coming at you from all angles. Try these pro tips to boost efficiency in 2022.