Try These Tips to Maximize Your Productivity
Today, more people than ever before are working from home, working part time, or working in gigantic office buildings with gorgeous yet impractical open floor plans. All of these unusual working conditions often makes it hard to get anything done. Maybe you work better with other people around, but you work remotely most of the time, or maybe you’re stuck in a trendy office desperately wishing for walls around your desk.
There are ways that you can maximize your productivity and focus your attention on the task at hand. All it takes is a little bit of effort in finding what works for you. Here are some tips that we think will help maximize your productivity. Try a few out and see how they work for you.
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Fidget (within reason)
There’s a reason why fidget spinners had such a moment in 2017 — it’s because they can actually work. Sometimes, people find it helpful to focus on listening when their hands are occupied. Don’t worry, we’re not telling you to go out and buy one of those insanely annoying light up ones, or even one that’s shaped like a traditional fidget spinner at all.
If you want to practice this in front of other people, find something discrete, like a paper clip, or even a little metal puzzle, and fidget with it away from your co-worker’s eye line. Chances are, if your hands are busy, you’ll find it easier to focus.
Use the Pomodoro Method
The Pomodoro Method is a method of structuring your work day. You spend 25 minutes solidly working on one task, then take a five-minute break. Every three cycles, you take a longer break. It’s simple, but it’s the repeated usage that makes it effective. You can even find special timers on the App Store that will keep time as well as track how many focus cycles you’ve done in a day. Tracking your productivity will encourage you to set goals for good habits, and the apps makes it easy to see whether you’re on track.