Saturday, 23 February 2013

The Art of Productivity

"It's not how long you live. Rather it's how well you live." - Professor Randy Pausch

The quality of your life is determined by how well you choose to spend your time. It's not about sitting for very long hours  at your work desk either. Productivity = Output / Time. Doing the same work for a long time taxes your brain, leaving you tired. The brain needs it's rest at particular intervals. You need to give yourself sufficient breaks to achieve optimal productivity. Here are some tips on stress-free productivity.

1. Plan your day in advance

Take five minutes on the previous night to formulate a To-Do list. Have an impossibly huge assignment? Break it down into modules. Assign an approximate start and end time for each module. This should make you clear about the tasks that you need to perform. You will also realize that you have more free time than you imagined. Do this every night and see how you start looking forward to doing intimidating tasks with enthusiasm on the next day!

2. Allot time for break 

Interleave ten minutes of fun time with an hour (or two) of work. This rejuvenates your mind. Let it be taking a walk outside. Or having a healthy snack. Or anything you please.

3. Stick to your plan

Executing your plan is the difficult part. It requires practice. Start with trivial things first, like having tea. When your reminder says it's time to have tea, have your tea! When you find yourself ignoring the reminder, don't lose hope. Try consistently to obey the reminder until it becomes your automatic response to do so.

4. Automation leads to innovation

Learning to stick to your plan is an art. Once learned, your mind is free to concentrate on more important things rather than thinking about when to do mundane tasks.

5. Have the To-Do list in view

Stick the plan to your wall or in case of using an app, make sure you have reminders for each task. This way, you won't forget to do the things on your list.

  Here are some apps that you could use to improve productivity. I am only providing the web app links here. It shouldn't be difficult to find the corresponding smartphone apps :) ( a great one for writing down your ideas before they disappear! )

So guys, gear up for the seriously awesome and productive days!

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