Looking for a few simple and inexpensive ways to give your productivity a boost?
In this post I offer three small tips to help you give your productivity a low-cost assist.
Make a production line.
No matter your profession or industry, you can improve your workflow by preparing a simple production of individual materials that either need to be assembled or collated into one larger unit. Think of any type of task or project in your work that requires the same type of repetitive action(s) over and over again. Then, break these actions into individual steps.
For example, in an office setting, you might collate various materials into presentation folders for a meeting, by laying out speaker bios, copies of presentation slides and agenda, followed by the folders themselves. You’d simply go down this production line and assembly your materials one by one until you produce a finished folder.
Prepare a kit.
Do you regularly use the same tools at home or at work on a regular basis? Preparing a kit with all of your tools is a much more efficient way of keeping and using materials. There’s no need to run about from room to room finding all the tools you need to work on some calligraphy, give yourself a manicure, or work on building a wooden dresser from scratch. What types of large or small projects do you have going on at work or at home? What type of kit could you prepare to help you get down to work at a moment’s notice?
Consolidate several days’ worth of small tasks into one work session.
Small, regular tasks can become annoying and draining very fast when you have to perform the same action day-in and day-out on a piecemeal basis. While the actual time it takes to perform a small task such as updating your company’s Facebook page might be less than two minutes, it can sometimes feel as if the process takes two hours to complete when you have to do it each and every day! Instead, try consolidating many of these small task sessions into a longer session so you can get more done in any given setting. For example, in the example above, you might want to pre-schedule Facebook updates for the next week. An added bonus to this approach is that the work must get done as all the tasks have to be completed at the same time.
How about you? What other inexpensive ways of boosting your productivity can you think of? Which of the tips above will you implement right away in your life? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!