Two Tips To Stay Productive At Work

Staying productive is such a difficult thing to do, especially for those who work from home. And also for those who are always connected to the Internet.

There are n number of distractions that just pop up when you decide to sit and complete a task. Someone calls you, you get that Instagram notification, your fingers automatically open a new tab and type f which autocompletes to Facebook and then you spend 4 hours on pointless memes or you just decide to watch cat videos on YouTube.

I know the struggle is real. But don’t worry, there’s a fix. In this post, I’m going to share two awesome tips which will help you to get your task done on time. And these two tips are –

  1. The Two Minute Rule
  2. Pomodoro Technique

The Two Minute Rule

The two minute rule says – If you can do something in two minutes, do it now. Do not postpone it. It’ll only lead to procrastination.

This might look like a useless tip but trust me, it is very effective. For example, after waking up I always used to skip making my bed. I used to leave it messy. So I would find it a mess when I returned home from office.

I realized I can make my bed in two minutes. So I started doing it and it became a habit. The two minute rule can solve the small tasks which eventually pile up over time.

For the big tasks, there’s the Pomodoro Technique!


Pomodoro Technique

You can read all about it on its Wikipedia Page. I’ll just include the steps here which should give you an idea of what this is all about –

  1. Decide on the task to be done.
  2. Set the timer to 25 minutes
  3. Work on the task until the timer rings. If a distraction pops into your head, write it down, but immediately get back on task.
  4. After the timer rings, put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
  5. If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 1.
  6. After four checkmarks, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.

For me this works well. And I highly recommend you to try it out. It makes you focus on a single task at hand and keeps you working on it till you complete it. It also creates the illusion of rewards in the form of short breaks. And this keeps you going.

About four to six hours of focussed work using the Pomodoro Technique gives you a great sense of job satisfaction. Most importantly, it gets the job done. 🙂

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