I always wonder why some people take hours to get a task completed while others may take five minutes.
When I commit to writing an article I focus on writing it. I turn off the T.V, I stay away from social media, and I don’t think about what my next YouTube video will be about. However, when I am around other people I always notice that when they are studying they are distracted by the internet or by text messages. So it is no wonder why many people struggle with being productive.
So how do you become more productive?
Staying focused is the key that will help you to prevent procrastination and be more productive. Today, I woke up late. I was tired and decided to get more sleep, but that didn’t stop me from hunkering down, getting focused, and completing the tasks that I needed to get done for my day.
The problem with many people however, is that instead of focusing on one task at a time they multi-task and do several things at once. When you do this it turns a one hour project into a 5 hour one.
The key is to be able to sit down and knock out one task at a time. This helped me to enhance my productivity tremendously. You don’t need to spend five hours on a task to get it done. You just need to learn how apply 100% of your attention for one hour to when trying to complete something.
Eliminate The Perfectionist Mentality
This was a big problem that I struggled with. Oftentimes, if you are a very ambitious person like myself, then you have been tempted at one time or another to try to do things perfectly. You may complete a project, check it over once or twice, and ask someone for feedback, but even after all of this you find yourself going back to make changes so that it can be even better. Don’t get me wrong, it is a GOOD thing to strive do high quality work. But there is a line you don’t want to cross. It can become a huge problem when you are wasting hours on end trying to make minuscule adjustments that ultimately won’t make that big of a difference anyway.
When working on a task, complete it to the point where it is good enough, professional, and presentable. Don’t worry about trying to be perfect all the time. The truth is, nobody is perfect and your work will never ever be perfect. By eliminating the perfectionist mentality you will get a higher quantity of work done and you will be much more productive as a result.
Many people think that they are productive just because they spend countless hours getting something done. This could not be further from the truth. The person who can get the same amount of stuff done in less time will always be at an advantage because they will have more time to allocate toward doing other things. When you learn how to apply 100% of your energy to one task at a time until it is good enough, you will get more done.