I’d like to share 3 secrets to boost your productivity at work, and get stuff done quickly
Secret #1: Manage Time In Small Blocks
I’d like to introduce those of you who might not be familiar to a concept called the “pomodoro technique.”
There has been some research that shows that the brain can only really focus for 25 minutes at a time on a single task. The premise behind the Pomodoro technique is that you time yourself working for 25 minutes, and then take a break for 5 minutes to quickly re-energize. This is a great Pomodoro tool that can help you track your time.
It’s also important to stay relaxed, stay calm, and be well rested. Studies show that you are more productive when you are well rested.
Don’t waste your time in meetings, and working on projects that you feel aren’t that important. Asana does something called “No Meeting Wednesday’s” where they specifically schedule that day to be for uninterrupted work.
Secret #2: Learn How To Say No
This is one of the greatest lessons I’ve ever learned.
It’s crucial to learn how to say no.
This can be hard, because we all want to be nice to each other, and it’s important to maintain good relationships with co-workers. With that said, there are many ways to learn how to effectively say no. Warren Buffett once said,
The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.
Secret #3: Be Alone To Increase Your Productivity At Work
Many of the top CEO’s say that they like getting into work early to focus and concentrate. But getting in early isn’t necessarily the answer, especially if you’re not a morning person (like me).
The solution? It’s simple: it’s about that alone time.
Remove all distractions. Turn off your phone, put some headphones on with the right type of music to improve your productivity. Whatever works best for you.
If your employer will allow it, I would recommend working from home at least one day a week. You’ll get your best work done on that day.
If you need some arguments to convince your team, I would definitely recommend watching this TED talk called Why Work Doesn’t Happen At Work by Jason Fried (founder of 37 Signals). It’s amazing.
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