When you aren’t able to get enough done every day, a number of things could be affecting your productivity. Some things, such as procrastination, distractions, or inefficient work methods can be helped with the proper time management techniques. Once of the biggest obstacles in efficiency can just be lack of motivation.
Use Your Own Momentum
It’s too easy to get intimidated by a daunting workload and sometimes too much work is discouraging to the point of people avoiding it completely. Putting it off generally just allows more to pile up which in turn makes you want to work on it even less. However, the opposite is true as well. If you just put the headache aside and start tackling the pile, the satisfaction of getting a few tasks out of the way will encourage you to keep at it.
A good idea can be to make a task list and put the most important jobs at the top. If you want to trick yourself a little, add a few of the quick and easy jobs to the top of the list as well and enjoy the satisfied feeling of crossing a few things off early on.
Use Time Management Tools You Enjoy
Using calendar software that causes more problems than it’s worth or trying to write in a messy planner that just stresses you out won’t encourage you to use the time management tools that are supposed to be helping you. If you don’t like using a certain type of scheduling system, try something else. If a planner becomes too disorganized for you to use effectively, take a few moment to reorganize and clean it up. Even if it’s just a matter of using a calendar that features beautiful, colourful photos that really appeal to you, finding something you like to use will help encourage you to stick to using it.
Work When It Works For You
If you work from home or have the opportunity to choose when you’re scheduled, choose a time when you’re alert and energetic. Some people wake up peppy and ready to go, while others drag themselves through the day until the sun sets. If working at night helps you get more done, do what you can to put yourself to work in the later hours.
Burning out or working too hard can actually make you less efficient and could give you a lower quality of work. It does no good to make a bunch of mistakes because you’re too tired to concentrate, so take breaks when you need them and make sure you’re always well rested. When you feel you’ve done a great job on something, don’t hesitate to reward yourself and you’ll likely feel more inclined to work just as hard in the future.