How to boost your productivity.

Let's discuss some tips that can help you increase your productivity practically overnight. It is a set of simple rules that can have a dramatic impact on your work.

Be precise about what you want and need

The very first step on your path to greater productivity is a conscious decision about your goals. This is the only way to evaluate your success. In order to tell if you have made it or not you need to know what it is that you are after.

It is best to set specific and measurable goals, ones that will be time sensitive and that will be possible to evaluate according to certain criteria. Also, try to focus on a few very important goals as opposed to numerous small things that you will not be able to keep track of.

Set priorities

As soon as you get some idea about the tasks that you will have to tackle you will be able to prioritize them. The ones that are most important will require your attention first so do not waste time trying to battle unimportant ones when the ones that really matter are not taken care of.

Manage your time

Each day make a list of things that need to be done today to call the day a successful one. It is best to work on a list like that just before going to bed and plan the day ahead. That way you will avoid confusion in the morning and you will be able to start as soon as possible.

Avoid multitasking

These days it is extremely easy to get destructed. We are constantly tempted by social networks, blogs, endless news feeds and so in. Unfortunately, that is not very helpful from the productivity point of view.

You will be better off focusing at one thing at a time. Single tasking can bring you both the speed at which you work and the sheer quality of the output. You can try using a countdown timer to define the period of maximum focus. Make a quick estimation of how long the task can take and set the timer. You will be surprised how effective this technique can be.

Stay passionate

The best way to increase your productivity is to be passionate about your work. That will make it far easier to stay focused and first of all it will make your work more enjoyable.

How a timer can help you

I am sure we have all been there - you start a task, work on it for a couple of minutes and then you find yourself checking email, twitting or switching to another, completely unimportant task. Unfortunately, that is the reality of a modern day work. The battle with distraction is a hard one but there is a tool that may be your main weapon.

Make a conscious decision to work on a certain task for 30 minutes. Even if you don't really enjoy it you will be more eager to work on it knowing that you will only have to tolerate this task for a limited amount of time. Only then will you be able to enjoy your free time afterwords because the job will be done once and for all.

Using a timer will also give you an idea how much time things you do actually take. The only way to figure that out for sure will be to dig into your work with undivided attention. Only this level of commitment will give you some trustworthy data. Using a timer will show you what you are capable of and will let you evaluate your true abilities. That will make a true time management possible because it requires an accurate perception of the time and effort tasks really take.

Finally, when the timer rings it is timer for a break. And this timer it is a break that you earned not one that you just claimed. This kind of break is much more healthy for your productivity. It is time that you need for regeneration and not just avoiding work. Work time if for commitment and break time is for relaxing - it is that simple.