Over the years, I have discovered ways to increase my productivity when I feel overwhelmed. It just feels good to do things!
Are you familiar with the expression “Brain Dump”? Although I hate how gross this phrase sounds, it is exactly what we need to clear our minds.
Simply take a notebook or the Notes section on your phone and write all that’s swirling around in your head.
Do not worry about categorizing or writing neatly. It’s important to clear your mind so that you can focus and create a plan.
Once your brain is empty, you can start to group your thoughts into categories. You can create a short-term and long-term list.
This way, you wouldn’t confuse the important things with those of lower priority. Mowing the lawn was more important than organizing my room. That’s one instance.
You can choose to categorize your items in whatever way works for you. Prioritize your list so you know where you should start.
You could do this by working backward from predetermined deadlines (e.g. This could be paying bills or completing work projects on time.
Break down large projects into manageable steps. I wouldn’t add ‘Organize Recipes” to my day’s to-do list.
Instead, I would keep it on my long-term to-do list and place smaller steps like ‘Organise my cookbooks‘ on my short-term wish list.
Research has shown that following through on a list increases the likelihood of success, so it’s a good idea to start writing one!
1. Get Dressed
This can be for those that work at home. Although it may seem simple, most people don’t feel energetic in pajamas.
Get out of bed and take a shower. This small step can make you more productive.
2. Listen to music:
Listening to music you like will make tasks seem easier unless you are struggling to concentrate.
3. Combine Hands-On with Hands Off Tasks:
Multitasking is a myth because your attention is limited to one task at a given time. You can combine more automated tasks with those that require your attention.
You can vacuum while your washing machine runs or sort the mail as dinner cooks. With a little planning, you can accomplish more in fewer hours than you might think.
It is also very motivating to complete multiple tasks simultaneously.
Many people believe that they can do everything by themselves. You cannot do everything on your own, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Resentment is only born when our family and coworkers are left to do everything. Get out there! This is not the right time to be a martyr.
If you know you can get help from someone, let them know. They just might be waiting for you to ask.
You’ve now created a plan and are executing it. I hope this helps you feel better.
Take some time to enjoy all the things you have accomplished. Do something you love, and don’t feel guilty about what you did.
It was all towards reducing work overload.
You can take a break if you are having a hard time or you feel sick or tired. I believe we cannot give 100% every day.
Rest and easy days are just as important as productive ones. You are the best judge of your own abilities, so if you feel like you need a break, then take it.
When you are back in the game, you will be more productive!