If you’re familiar with the feeling of having more work than time allows, you probably need to increase your productivity. All of us experience spurts of productivity, especially when motivation is at its peak. But that is all they remain, spurts. It is difficult to sustain the intensity required and we often find ourselves not working as much as we need to.

There are some simple things you can start doing in order to sustain your productivity; as simple as working in natural light or exercising every morning.

The following are 10 such hacks that you could try out:

Breakfast

Start your day with a big breakfast that will give you enough energy. A lot of people skip this important meal trying to save time. What they don’t realize is that by doing this, they start their work on an empty stomach. As a result they get tired more easily and may experience dizziness and hypoglycemia. Skipping breakfast can also worsen hangovers.

Turn-off alerts

Your phone is a major source of distraction. When we’re working, we tend to become more sensitive to phone alerts and message tones. It’s very difficult to resist checking your phone, and very easy to go from checking one message to scrolling for hours. So the best solution is to keep your phone away and on silent when working.

Three important things

Instead of making time tables that you’ll never follow, it’s a far more effective method to decide three important things to be done for each day. By doing this, you keep realistic expectations of yourself and manage to get at least three important tasks completed every day.

To-do list

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Don’t leave things to your memory, it’s always better to have things written down. Making a to-do list will give you clarity on what needs to be done and will make work seem manageable. Take notes of important things to avoid forgetting them.

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Pomodoro technique

Being productive does not necessarily mean putting in hours and hours of hard work. You can get a lot done by being smart about your work. The Pomodoro technique is a time management method where you work for 25 minutes on one thing with full concentration. After that you take a five minute break and get back to work. After four such 25 minute stretches, you can take a half hour break. This technique is known to increase productivity and reduce fatigue.

Easy/Difficult first

Of all the things you need to do in a day, there is usually one big task that will take more effort than others. You could either start with the big, finish it first, or you could start with something small and slowly build up the momentum required to do the big one.

Take naps

Taking a twenty minute nap can take you a long way. Most people consider naps a waste of time but a little bit of shut-eye gives your body the rest it needs. You will wake up fresh and ready to take up challenges. Studies even show that taking short naps can increase your alertness and creativity.

Inspiration board

If you have a specific goal or target to achieve, creating an inspiration board can do wonders for you. It basically comprises of pictures and motivational slogans relevant to your goal. Having an inspiration board in your room repeatedly sends those messages to your subconscious. Your mind is more powerful than you think; these registered images will keep you motivated and focused.

If there is a task to be done, and it won’t take more than two minutes to do it, do it immediately. There’s no point in putting off work for later, because that later usually never arrives. It won’t take you long, and even if you only do the two minute tasks in a day, you get a lot more done than you could have with a confused and procrastinating mindset.

When things are not in their place, you end up wasting a lot of time looking for them. A cluttered work space can be very distracting and causes unnecessary feelings of stress and anxiety. Keep things organized and in order to boost your productivity.

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