Finding Ways to Increase Productivity

27 Mar

Everyone likely experiences the feeling of burnout or overwhelming stress. As students, these feelings are very possible with the challenges presented by classes and a job.

It’s our tendency to use technology to help our situation, but sometimes, it makes the situation worse. Constant e-mail buzzing from our phones, new updates on blackboard and Facebook a click away can all lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed.

While your trying to be productive in the midst of all these things, your productivity is often what suffers. Having your hand in multiple projects really leads to you not being fully on board in one.

Tony Schwartz, CEO of the Energy Project, came up with some pointers that will help you as you try to juggle classes, projects and work.

1. Don’t demand or expect instant responses, and don’t think you have to respond instantly either.

It forces people into a mindset that suffocates their attention to detail and makes it difficult to follow through on promises. It’s okay to turn off your e-mail to get things done.

2. Find ways of self-encouragement.

Whatever it is that helps you feel better about yourself- try it. Might be a snack, nap or relaxing song. Find the things that help you renew your focus and change your attitude to a point where you can feel encouraged going back to work, so you can focus on one thing, and one thing only.

3. Take care of the most important things first.

Without interruption, tackle the biggest task you have set for that day. Work privately and resist distractions. The more you can get out of the way, the less stress you’ll likely feel throughout the day with projects hanging over your head.

Use these tips, and even try to come up with your own. Utilize “Quiet Study Zones” or make your own place that is just devoted to getting things accomplished.  Find the place where you work best to start crossing things off your list.

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