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Dealing with Ruts: Increasing Productivity

Updated: Aug 24, 2022

You know the saying. The more you use a rut, the deeper it gets, and the harder it is to get out of. Yesterday, we talked about how to boost your motivation. Once we're motivated to do something, how do we make sure we are actually productive? Forbes has a few tips:

Stop Multitasking

This is actually not the first time this week I've heard someone say multitasking is a myth. Our brains are not designed to focus on more than one thing at a time. It's simply not possible. So rather than trying to get two things done at once and finishing neither, focus on one thing at a time.

Take Breaks

I don't know about you, but I find that I get more done if I take a fifteen minute break and then work for 45 minutes than if I spend an entire hour trying to make myself focus on something I've already mentally checked out on. Robin and Rachel can tell you that I usually hit a wall around 2 or 3 o'clock. Perfect time for another cup of coffee.

Set Small Goals

We all have those giant desktop calendars at the office. And on the last day of June, I pulled mine out and wrote down a some goals I plan to achieve by the end of the month. There's just a few and most of them are pretty bite sized. Things like learn one new thing about the station or do at least one blog post a week (how am I doing?). Seeing that there is reminding me of what I've set out to do and helping keep me motivated to do it.

Take Care of the Biggest Tasks When You're Most Alert

As I've already stated, I hit a wall by mid to late afternoon. So I probably shouldn't wait until then to start editing a video. If I start before lunch when I'm most awake, I can knock out that one larger project and take care of the ones that don't require as much mental energy later in the day.

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