If you’re looking for tips on improving productivity, why not go right to the experts in how we think? This article lists productivity tips from psychologists.
The piece appears in Psychology Today. Here are a few examples:
Don’t be afraid to close your door.“There are a couple, seemingly simple things that I do to ensure that I am productive. The first is simply closing my door at the office! Although I am extremely welcoming, I am often approached by colleagues, peers, and students about various topics ranging from sports to clinical considerations. Closing my door ensures that I remain productive.”
Work until you complete one chunk. “I’m most productive if think in terms of getting a task done as opposed to spending a set amount of time on it. Most people allocate a certain amount of time to a task; I do the opposite. I break the task down into doable chunks and then work until that chunk is done.”
Don’t overestimate how much you can get done in your available time. “If you plan to do an unrealistic number of tasks, you’ll end up dreading the day ahead.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve listed some of the best productivity tips. But it’s worth nothing that no matter how much you try to optimize your personal productivity, you will always be limited by the productivity of the entire organization.
It’s tougher to come up with tips for improving productivity across an enterprise. That’s because: the limiting factor of personal productivity is behavior, and the limiting factor of organizational productivity is culture.
If you want to be more productive at work or in your personal life, you will need to change your behavior. And while you can influence those around you, it’s the culture that has to change for if you want your business to get more done.