By Roz Jones
It’s amazing how people ignore or squander the most limited resource they have, time. We are all given the same number of hours in a day to get things done. Why is it that some people are so fruitful, and others aren’t? If you’re always busy but don’t accomplish your goals, why not?
For the most part, it’s all about being mindful. If you are going through your days without any idea of what you’re going to do each day or what your goals are, it’s very easy to be distracted and flip from this thing to that thing without ever finishing anything. To start being more mindful about how you’re spending your time so that you can increase your productivity, try the following strategies.
Turn Off Distractions
When you are trying to experience anything from work to pleasure, turn off the technology that can distract you. For example, if you’re at the park with your kids, turn off your phone, and live in the moment with your children. If you are entering data for work, stop all phone calls and interruptions and enter the data.
In the first example, you’re going to create a wonderful memory for your kids, and in the second, you’re going to get done with the task at least 30 to 40 percent faster because humans cannot multitask efficiently. Instead, we just switch back and forth between focuses, taking longer to do the important task and even longer to readjust from where we left off, originally.
Take Mental Health Breaks
When you are having trouble focusing on something, instead of doing something that is going to further engage your brain, find a way to engage your senses by getting out in nature. Go for a walk outside if you can. If you cannot go outside, at least find a way to look outside, and taking some deep breaths can help too.
Taking even a five-minute break as you transition from task to task can make you much more conscious and aware of how you’re spending your time. Try to take a five-minute break between tasks and then every now and then take a more extended break to recharge your mind.
Finally, keep a journal so that you can reflect on your day. Write down what you accomplished today in bullet form. What did you do well? What would you do differently next time? What would you do to change the results you received? After all, knowing the results helps you stay aware of what’s happening at all times.
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