19 People On Reddit Share The One Little Thing They Do To Be More Productive Each Day
It seems there are never enough hours in the day. And yet, some research suggests that of our typical eight-hour workday, we're productive for only two hours and 53 minutes. In other words, we may have more than enough hours to take care of all of our responsibilities and maybe even watch an episode of Game of Thrones, but it certainly won't feel that way when all but two hours and 53 minutes are wasted on emails, trips to the bathroom, talking to our cubicle neighbor, and stalking people on Instagram — all when we should be working. Knowing this, it becomes crucial to find ways to be more productive.
It's not just distractions, either. Our brains aren't really equipped to work efficiently for eight straight hours. Some research says the best ratio is 52 minutes of work followed by 17 minutes of rest. This is thought to encourage a level of focus and productivity you won't get otherwise.
While we might not be able to control our schedules to that degree, there are still certainly things we can do to be more productive throughout the day and avoiding throwing away useful time we'll never get back. If you're looking for tips on how to get more done in less time, here are 19 excellent suggestions from Reddit.
1. Do Quick Things Immediately
Even the things that bother us most sometimes take but a few minutes; and doesn't it feel amazing to get them finished and out of the way?
2. Find Practical Shortcuts
Even if it shaves just a few seconds off your work, why not utilize it?
3. Make The Bed Right After You Get Up
4. Learn To Type Faster
There are all kinds of free games online to practice typing faster — and they're actually kind of addictive.
5. Do Something To Wake Yourself Up
6. Keep A To-Do List
7. Take A Nap
8. Break Things Down Into Smaller Pieces
If you want to make big tasks easier to digest, dividing it up into smaller tasks can make a huge difference in your productivity.
9. Listen To Music
10. Eliminate Distractions
Phones are a huge time-suck, and clocks can add unnecessary pressure. Don't give them your attention, and you'll probably get your responsibilities out of the way faster.
11. Schedule Your Day
Knowing when you're going to do what can help keep you on track (although you shouldn't beat yourself up if things don't always go according to plans).
12. Have Two Monitors
Having an extra monitor might mean a small investment up front, but it will make your work so much easier and more convenient to manage.
13. Clean The Dishes Before You Eat
But, but, but... then your food gets cold. Even better! That'll motivate you to clean faster and get it over with.
14. Don't Get Stuck On Problems
This isn't to say your should ignore them. Just don't let them control you.
15. Reward Yourself
Sometimes, the best motivation is treating yourself for a job well done.
16. Begin The Day Doing Something Productive
Similar to making the bed, this is a great way to ensure you start the day productive, setting you on the right path with a good attitude.
17. Track Your Time
18. Keep A Journal
19. Eliminate White Noise
Even muted background noise can be distracting. Tune everyone and everything out, and more easily focus on your own responsibilities.