How to Become More Productive
Posted on 01. Apr, 2010 by Julius.
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.
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.
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.
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?