With July on the horizon, you may be in the midst of a mid-year productivity slump. The spring cleaning you performed was short-lived, and your New Year resolutions are a distant memory. However, keeping productive now will save you a lot of headaches during the end of year chaos. Feel stuck and not sure where to start? BBB shares tips on how to start your summer off right by jumpstarting your productivity.
Staying organized, in all aspects of your life, is the key to productivity. Here are some of the ways and places you can keep your life organized:
Keeping a tidy environment is one of the first steps to increasing your productivity. No matter how much you try to convince yourself that your mess is simply organized chaos, there’s no denying that having enough room to work and knowing exactly where things are helps with productivity. Consider investing in organizational accessories. Bookshelves and filing systems can help you keep things like all loose documents and books sorted.
Digital clutter can negatively affect your productivity as much as physical clutter. A great place to start is clearing your desktop. Take the time to sort through the icons you’ve accumulated and think about whether you really need that shortcut on your screen. If you have shortcuts that you’d like quick access to but could be grouped together, consider creating a folder on your desktop to place them into; it will keep you organized while keeping your screen free of clutter.
Once you’ve tidied your desktop, consider doing the same for all of your other files. Go into your documents and get rid of things you may not need in the future. Not only does this help you keep organized and find the files you need more quickly, but it can also free up your computer’s storage for more important documents.
With the popularity of the smartphone, cell phones have advanced to the point of essentially being small computers we can carry around in our pockets. Because they’re always on hand and we use them for a variety of tasks, it’s just as important to keep your cell organized. You can start with the apps on your smartphone. Like you’re computer, organize the apps on your phone screen. Arrange your apps based off of how often you use them and delete any apps you haven’t used it a while. Because you can always re-download apps, it doesn’t hurt to free up your phone’s memory by deleting unused apps.
By explicitly setting goals, you have a clear line of sight to reaching your objective. Not sure where to start? Follow the steps below:
- Create A List
Writing out all of your tasks will help you keep track of what needs to be done. Doing this as soon as possible will give you time to think about the best ways to execute your goals.
- Prioritize Tasks
Prioritization keeps you at your most productive because it allows you to complete all of your tasks on time. Start with the tasks you feel will take the longest or may need the most revisions along the way.
- Focus (Peak Times)
Staying on task is important, but each person has different times of day where they feel most productive. Work smarter not harder and focus on completing your tasks at the time that is best for you.
- Reflect and Optimize
Take things as they come and don’t be afraid to restructure your schedule if necessary. Look back on your day and reflect on any changes to your process you need to make and implement them the following day.
Creating your updated list will keep you on track of what’s left on your to-do list.
Using Technology to Your Advantage
Take some of the pressure off yourself by using apps and websites that will help you stay organized. Here are a few ways you can use technology to
One of the most basic things you can do to keep organized is utilizing a digital calendar whether it’s your phone or computer’s built in calendar or a web calendar such as Google Calendar*. Your calendar is a great way to schedule in important appointments, deadlines, birthdays and more. The great thing about using a digital calendar is that you can often access it no matter where you are, and you can set alerts as a reminder to get things done.
One of the best ways to keep on top of your finances are banking and budgeting apps. By having your accounts at your fingertips, you’re able to check your balance and make payments anywhere you are. You can also set up notifications in these apps, which will send you important alerts about your finances, which is great if you haven’t made a habit of checking the details of your accounts frequently.
Project Management/Productivity Boards
There are a variety of apps, such as Trello or Basecamp*, which can help you keep on top of your projects. Unlike other list making or calendar apps, these productivity boards are optimized for you to be able to keep everything related to your project in one place, including upload files and sharable links.
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