How to Become More Productive

Posted on 01. Apr, 2010 by .

Productivity is very important these days. No one likes someone who is lazy. It is just so strange that people are so stressed because they need to do tons of things. In order to reduce stress they want to be more productive. But this kind of productivity can definitely hurt your life.

It is weird that I talk about productivity as something bad and at the same time write an article about how to become more productive. But I hope you will understand what I meant by the end of the article.

Speed Reading

You can become more efficient by using techniques such as speed reading. Peter Kump, author of the book Break-Through Rapid Reading, has several very good tips and tricks which you can use while you are reading books or even articles. If you use your index finger to underline the line you are reading then this will help you speed up your reading by about 10-20%.

Lots of famous people, one of them being John F. Kennedy, have used these techniques to read books faster. If you read the book carefully and take time to complete all the exercises in it your reading rate will go through the roof. I am now reading eight times faster than before.

Have a Purpose Before You Go on The Internet

There is simply so much information on the Internet that it’s impossible to learn all the stuff that people are writing about on the Internet. It’s just so easy to get lost. That’s why it’s important to have a purpose before you visit your blog or go on the Internet. Write that down.

For example I write down when I want to finish writing an article. It makes me so much more productive simply because I know that that’s all I want to do and after I am finished I am going to move on to the next point in my list. That’s why writing it down is very important.

Use Bookmarks

I didn’t use bookmarks until recently. But now I am using them a lot to keep track of all the blogs that I visit on a daily basis. These web sites are blogs that I visit and on which I drop a comment.

Before I used bookmarks I wrote it down which blogs I wanted to visit. The problem was that I always had to find the piece where I had written everything on and I also forgot most of the blogs that I wanted to visit on a daily basis.

Bookmarks are a great way because you are already using a browser when you are on the Internet.

Reenergize

The productivity syndrome isn’t only related to the Internet. It is rooted in the way we live. And that’s where I think we have gone wrong. Sure it is good to be able to do a lot of things in a single day but that is not what living is about.

Living is about living. It’s about living in the present.

Productivity as with everything has its limits. Always being extremely productive will cause you to burn out after a while. It is important to do something for yourself. Even if it just means reading something or taking a walk outside. You should be able to do this every day. It doesn’t even need to be really long, 20 to 30 minutes should be just fine.

This means that you can simply be more productive by not being more productive at all. Because you spend time to restore your energy and keep you balanced. It is just not possible to be really productive all the time without ever doing something for yourself.

Do something you love to do (other than work). You might choose to meditate, it’s a great way to recharge your body.

You can also just do something which you enjoy doing such as sport or spending some time with your kids. You need to take time for this otherwise.

After all, it is always the people who didn’t do something for themselves that need help in the end.

What helps you to become more productive? Do you stick to any of the points mentioned above?

14 Responses to “How to Become More Productive”

  1. Paul

    05. Apr, 2010

    Julius,

    Some very useful pointers here, thank you for sharing them. Use bookmarks is such a simple and effective way to improve the time you spend on the internet. I’ve taken to using Delicious.

    Regards

    Paul

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    • jules

      05. Apr, 2010

      Thanks Paul. I have started using Delicious some time ago but I am currently not using it, don’t know why though. I might have to try it out again. It’s a great tool.

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  2. Ralph

    05. Apr, 2010

    Julius,
    Both the time limit and the bookmarks are areas where I need to shape up. I tend to let something take as long as it takes and I need to put on more constraints. My bookmarks need better focus and organization. I don’t get Delicious. I have an account but so fat don’t understand what it does for me. Maybe Paul can offer some advice.

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    • jules

      06. Apr, 2010

      Well the thing about Delicious is that you can save all the web sites you like or bookmark them. I think you can even use different categories for them. And then by bookmarking them you also expose them to other people. I think Delicious also sometimes proposes web sites based on your preferences.

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  3. Jack | Blog Marketing

    05. Apr, 2010

    I had to reenergize yesterday. Being it Easter, I took the day off my laptop and spent quality time with friends and family.

    It was really refreshing and although I wasn’t on my laptop, I was able to clear my mind and think of great blog posts to write about it for today!

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    • jules

      06. Apr, 2010

      Yeah that’s what you sometimes need to do. Without it it’s impossible to always be productive. I am exited to see about what you are writing about soon :P

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  4. Alex Monroe

    05. Apr, 2010

    “Have a purpose” – exactly man! Great set of tips. I have a massive bookmark list that seems to keep growing…ha – I love it though!

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    • jules

      06. Apr, 2010

      Thanks Alex. Yeah my bookmark list is also growing but that’s definitely a good sign ;) And I found that having a purpose does really help a lot. It just makes you that much more productive.

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  5. Eric

    06. Apr, 2010

    You’ve got to have a purpose, definitely. I used to use bookmarks and store all the blogs in those that I read and comment on. Not anymore. In fact, I just now remember a lot of blogs or use Google Reader and do them all in one sitting. Makes time go by much faster and everyone gets a little bit of me and my thoughts.

    I also really like what you said about doing something for yourself. It’s important, I feel, to do at least one thing for yourself (that you truly and deeply enjoy) each day of your life. Just one small thing you want to do. Maybe read a book for a half hour or watch a half hour of your show. Just something. But make sure you also do one very important thing each day to keep you going in the right direction and get you further ahead in life the same day.

    Good article here.

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    • jules

      07. Apr, 2010

      Thanks Eric. I completely agree with you. Without doing anything for yourself you will ultimately drain all your energy. It’s so important to do just one thing that you enjoy. And you don’t even need to spend that much time on it.
      Btw. I deleted the other comment you posted … I guess they both appeared as comments. Tell me whether that happens again and sorry for the inconvenience.

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      • eric

        07. Apr, 2010

        Thanks for deleting the other comment there. I don’t know what happened and I’ll keep you informed should it happen again.

        Yeah, I like to just do one thing each day, even if it’s not the same thing each day, to make myself happy and to just enjoy life for a while in case the rest of the day hasn’t been so great.

        Again, great post.

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        • jules

          08. Apr, 2010

          Yeah that’s what it’s about. I just don’t understand how so many people won’t do something for themselves once in a while. And yes you especially need to do that if you had a bad day.
          Thanks Eric.

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          • Eric

            09. Apr, 2010

            Yeah it makes no sense to me. Everyone deserves to be happy in life and if doing at least one thing a day to make yourself happy isn’t right then I think something needs done about that.

          • jules

            09. Apr, 2010

            You are right but some people just don’t notice it. Or they don’t want to. I really can’t understand it. There are simply so many people who are burned out after working for a company for 2 years simply because they haven’t done anything for themselves. Always love the conversation here ;)

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