Four Strategies to Boost Your Productivity

Here are four useful strategies to help us boost our productivity and get us working on the things that are most important to us.

Four Strategies to Boost Your Productivity

Let’s be honest, we’d all like to be a little—or a lot—more productive, even if we won’t admit it. But how can we achieve this with so many different things pulling at our time and attention?

Here are four useful strategies to help us boost our productivity and get us working on the things that are most important to us.

Use resistance to your advantage

Resistance is a powerful enemy. Oftentimes it can be the little resistances throughout the day that keep us from doing the things we should be doing.

However, what if we could use resistance to our advantage?

It’s simple—just find a way to decrease the resistance between things you should be doing and increase the resistance to the things you want to do.

For instance, if you plan to sit down and write every evening but find yourself always getting distracted by the TV, maybe try putting the remote in the other room every time you’re finished watching. Or maybe you plan to eat healthy most nights but find yourself constantly giving in to the convenience of food delivery apps. Maybe in this case you could try deleting these apps after every order.

Although it might not seem like much, oftentimes these small changes will create enough resistance to prevent us from giving in to our distracting desires.

Artificially invoke a sense of urgency

Sometimes we mean to do a specific task but keep pushing it off for one reason or another. Of course, we always have a good excuse, or at least we tell ourselves that, but why then do these little tasks keep nagging at us?

For instance, we might say we’re going to do the dishes one night but end up leaving them for the next day. We might plan to do our taxes early but end up filing for an extension again, just like the last year. We might even tell ourselves we’ll do laundry on Sunday but end up just wearing the same clothes for weeks on end (although this situation might be a little more serious).

One way to get these nagging tasks done is to artificially invoke a sense of urgency. We can do this by implementing simple strategies like giving ourselves to the end of our favorite song to finish doing the dishes. Another strategy might be to set a simple timer while we do our taxes, or even give ourselves the length of a podcast to do our laundry.

Oftentimes, these simple strategies invoke just enough urgency to push us to complete these tasks quickly and efficiently.

Have a system to rely on

We’ve all experienced the sheer terror of forgetting to do something important on the day of and wondering how we could have let it slip through the cracks.

Well, if you have a reliable productivity system you won’t have to worry about this happening anymore (or at least not as often).

Creating a productivity system for ourselves can be one of the most beneficial things for our long term and short term productivity. Whether this is a simple todo list app or a more complicated system—it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you have a way to reliably input important tasks, organize them, and monitor them appropriately before they’re due.

Look for external inputs to hook you in

However, what happens if we are already working on what we’re supposed to be working on but we get stuck? Call it writer’s block, call it procrastination, call it whatever you like—we’ve all been there.

One method to get over this hurdle is to find an external input to hook you back in. It could be a favorite book or a favorite album or even a favorite blog. What’s important is having something that momentarily releases your mind from the gridlock it’s currently experiencing and allows you to look at the problem with fresh eyes.

Sometimes, these external inputs can even create a spark of inspiration that will light up your work in a new way.