5 Practical Tips to Becoming More Productive, According to Science

By Reniel

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Last Updated: February 1, 2022

Does it feel like a challenge to stay productive throughout the day?

If so, there are still some scientifically proven tactics that will help you stay on top of your game.

Take a look at the list below and choose which one suits you best. From actively changing space to acknowledging your shortcomings, here are some of the many scientifically-backed tricks that can help make your workday go more smoothly.

 

5 Tips to Help You Be More Productive

1. Actively schedule a time to tackle large tasks to avoid procrastination

Procrastination is one of the most common productivity killers, so if you struggle to stay focused during your workday, it could be because you procrastinate.

Try scheduling time each day to tackle large tasks that need immediate attention to combat this problem. The thing is our brains become less creative and more rigid when working under pressure, as the science of learning shows.

This is why it's helpful to work on the hard tasks first and then take a break from work every once in a while. 

 

2. Log your work activities to see what's working and what's not

If you are a visual person, it's helpful to make sure that you track the projects and tasks that need attention.

A straightforward way is by using an app that sends your completed work items directly over email so you can track everything without having to log into one specific platform. Doing this will help you track your progress and ensure that nothing falls through the cracks. 

 

3. Break down tasks into smaller, less daunting pursuits

Another way that we often unintentionally waste productive time is by taking on too many jobs at once.

If you are working on several projects or trying to complete several different tasks, it can be hard to keep everything in order and ensure that nothing gets lost in the shuffle.

When working on a project, make sure that it's not too large for yourself. If it’s too complicated, it’s better to keep your projects broken down into small tasks (like 3-6 items) as mentioned by the University of Georgia. 

 

4. Avoid multitasking or switching between unrelated tasks too often

When you are doing several tasks simultaneously, this can cause a delay in completing them since they will become unorganized because there is no consistent focus.

It may also lead to frustration if not enough attention is given while working on these tasks. In this kind of situation, it’s best to choose one area or task that you are working on, and work exclusively within it for the time being. This will help solidify your concentration so that other related jobs don't become overwhelming.

 

5. Find a productive place to work that is appealing and inspiring

Physical space does affect productivity, according to a study.

Make physical adjustments to increase productivity - wear headphones when doing computer work, invest in a standing desk if possible. Also, change up the arrangement of your workspace regularly to stimulate creativity and problem-solving skills.

Like any other habit, making time to reflect on what you are doing will help keep things in perspective. You may discover that the most productive times for specific tasks or projects don't coincide with when it's convenient - and this can help you be more efficient. 

 

Making Small Changes Can Have a Large Impact on Productivity

There you have it! This is not an exhaustive list, but I implore anyone who wants to become more productive in their work-life to try these simple tips in addition to doing their best work.

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5 comments on “5 Practical Tips to Becoming More Productive, According to Science”

  1. Blocking time for large tasks which need attention and completing them 1st will ensure critical tasks are completed on time and gives you a feeling of accomplishment.
    Taking breaks regularly.

  2. It was very timely...that I spot this article 👌. It's all about TIME & HOW WE MANAGE IT to get fruitful results . The key factors contributed a lot . In my openion its not about how big or small the task , the problem or the commitment is but prioritising them by giving due importance makes SMOOTH SAILING 🌈🚢

  3. My new way of being 89 percent more productive is to not ignore stuff that needs doing. As soon as I'm looking at something that needs doing, and I'm about to happily tell myself "yeah I'll do that later/some other time", I then just stop thinking that and think, "no, just get that done now." Boom. I'm now absolutely knackered and have carpal tunnel problems..

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