7 Brainy Ways to Increase Personal Productivity

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In this article, we described tips for raising our own productivity. It is not only worth reading, but also worth remembering.

Courtesy: DavidDewolf

We all crave to be productive in our engagements but sometimes that ends up being a pipe dream due to some external factors. Every time we accomplish what we have planned for, we feel elated. Productivity does not necessarily mean engaging in economically productive activities but means achieving set objectives irrespective of the task at hand.

To gauge your brain’s productivity, you can choose to go for a free IQ test, because the more you subject your mind to it, the more it improves. The following are other steps you can take to streamline your mind to achieve similar objectives.

1. Subjecting a person to IQ tests
Identifying people with high IQ is one of Mensa organization’s objectives. They offer IQ test on everyone who is interested and those with IQ 150 are offered membership opportunities. Once such people are identified, they are assisted in developing their skills to benefit the general public.

One of the other mensa benefits is that it offers a conducive environment for people to boost their minds’ productivity. In its bid to support them, those interested in humanity improvement related researches are offered literacy and sponsorship programs.

2. Minimize distractions
To increase productivity, endeavor to work in an environment that allows your mind to concentrate. It is hard to concentrate on something if you are constantly being distracted by other things. No wonder, distractions are not entertained in meditation rooms and libraries!

Suppose you are writing an assignment, but your phone keeps ringing, emails keep trickling and people are coming to see you for other reasons. No way you can stay focused on what you’re doing, but you can minimize these distractions by turning your phone off and scheduling time for checking emails and social media pages. If you have to attend to clients and write reports, you can start with the reports and ask your secretary to reschedule them for a more appropriate time.

3. Try working in the morning hours
When you retire to bed in the evening, your body gets a chance to relax and rejuvenate exhausted body parts. That means you wake up in the morning more energetic and fresh.

In fact, mornings are the best time to tackle attention-demanding tasks as it is the time your body and mind willpower is at its best. Unfortunately, many people start their day with less productive things like checking emails and social media accounts, and the effect is that their minds lose focus on what they had planned for. If you are to see clients and have to write reports, you should start with writing reports than seeing clients.

4. Avoid multitasking
Some see the ability to multitask as a virtue, and as a result, it is not unusual to hear people who can multitask being praised while those who can’t are condemned. What they don’t understand is that the former are less productive than the latter since they have to divide their attention between all those activities. That means little attention is given to details and in the process, mistakes are bound to occur.

Workload sometimes forces students to do different assignments at a go but, unfortunately, the quality of their work is greatly compromised.  According to some researches, once the mind loses its focus, it can take up to 20 minutes to regain it. This idea is also supported by another research conducted in 2010 in Paris by Ecole Normale Superieure. It concluded that the mind could handle well only two tasks at once.

5. Avoid setting unrealistic goals
Achieving a goal inspires us to do more, but when it is impossible, the opposite happens - we get discouraged. As you plan to do something, set a deadline to guide your working tempo. The deadline should be realistic – give yourself enough time to do a thorough job. Some people set their goals but don’t consider if time allocated is sufficient, and when the deadline approaches, they exert immense pressure on their brains and end up losing their focus. Failure to achieve goals is frustrating and counterproductive.

6. Stick to your daily plan
It is common to wake up in the morning and start doing less important things, and this is why it is advisable to have a make-to-do list in place so that you can prioritize important things. If you start with a less useful task, you will end up being less productive.

Imagine starting a task and spending hours doing it only to realize that you had another, more urgent one; thereby you leave that one and start the other one but due to the time constraint, you are unable to finish anything, and at the end of the day, you are left with two incomplete tasks. Pick another task only once you are completely through with the other one.

7. Brainstorming to resolve issues
If you encounter difficulties while performing your duties, it is good to ask for help. But if the one you’ve turned to is unavailable, you can do a group brainstorming to see if you can get a solution, rather than wasting the whole day doing nothing simply because you got stuck.

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