Productivity is measured by how much you accomplish within a given time period. Take some time to think about how your productivity has been lately. Have you run late on important projects at work? Are you satisfied with what you are getting done at home? If not, then you need to make some changes in your life that help you feel a sense of pride at all you have achieved at the end of each day. These hacks are all you need to get started improving your productivity.

Ditch the Distractions

We live in a world full of helpful technology, but it can quickly turn bad if it stops you from hitting your goals. Spend a day noticing what distracts you from your work. Distractions may be external such as your phone notifications going off every five minutes. They can also come from within. Negative thoughts or worries also distract you from your goals. Once you identify them, you can take steps to stop them during the day.

Set Up a Calendar With a Task List

Old school calendars still work to keep you on track, and you can use a modern smartphone app to remind you of what you need to do. To make this hack more effective, set up a daily task list. This helps you to prioritize what needs to be done first. Checking each thing off is also so satisfying that you’ll want to push through each task to completion.

Get a Good Night’s Rest

Good Sleep

The concept that sleep is for the weak needs to go. Proper rest is essential for your brain to be able to process information quickly, and being sleep-deprived slows down your productivity. Make sleep a priority, and turn your bedroom into a nighttime oasis that helps you get those critical seven to nine hours of rest. A quality mattress, some room darkening shades and a white noise machine can work wonders for how much you accomplish during the day.  Sleep position can also greatly affect the quality of sleep. Experiment with different positions and see what works best for you.  Research has shown that those who sleep on their side notice benefits besides just

Create a Little Friendly Competition

Whoever said that work has to be boring? When you view work as a drudgery, then you can expect to keep slowly trudging along. Instead, try turning your work tasks into a game. Consider challenging your colleagues to see who can complete their reports for the day first. You can also make games for yourself such as racing the clock to respond to all of your morning emails.

Enforce Regular Breaks

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This hack may seem counterintuitive, but it really works. Trying to keep your mind focused on one task for too long can cause you to lose your concentration. To fix this issue, just set an alarm to go off every half hour. Then, take a five-minute break. You can walk around the room to get the blood flowing to your brain, or just do a quick yoga pose to relax. You’ll be able to focus better when you start your work back up.

A dip in your productivity can mean many things, but it is a sure sign that you need to make some changes in your life. Now that you’ve read these hacks, pick one or two that you want to try right away. Doing something as simple as getting more sleep and keeping a calendar should help you see improvement immediately. Then, keep slowly implementing the rest of the strategies until you are running like a fine-oiled machine through your daily routine.