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10 Tips to Skyrocket your Productivity

When starting out on a big project, it is easy to feel daunted and paralysed by the amount of work you need to do.  Here, using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, I have put together a countdown of 10 simple tips to ensure your paralysis is turned into productivity.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs


Basic Needs


10. Find a sanctuary.

Find somewhere where you feel you can focus on your work, where you won’t worry about being too hot, or too cold, or distracted by things around you.

9. Ensure you have good nutrition.

Have water or a cup of tea and a healthy snack nearby. Plan your lunch the night before or pick it up on the way in to work so that in the urgency of needing something to eat, you won’t reach for something unhealthy which will zap you of your energy.

8. Be well-rested.

Establish a sleep pattern to ensure you get a good night’s sleep – go to bed early and set your alarm early to maximise the day ahead.

7. Be secure in a plan. 

Write a list of all the projects on your plate (by project, I mean anything that will take more than one step to complete).  Then write a separate list of all the individual things you feel you ought to do or should do which are taking up valuable headspace.  Next, look through your projects list and write down onto the individual list what the next step would be for each project. Looking through this long individual list, work out what the priorities are for today.  Assess how much time you have and what you think would be feasible.  Write these points down on a post-it note and tick each off as you go.


Psychological Needs


6. Don’t take it all on your own shoulders. 

Share the load with a team or delegate where appropriate.  Pray for God to support you through each task – ‘Commit to the Lord whatever you do and he will establish your plans’ Proverbs 16:3.  ‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ 1 Peter 5:7.

5. Recognise each accomplishment. 

With each achievement, tick it off your list and bask in the momentary glory.  You’ll soon see lots of things ticked off which will spur you onto the next task.


Self-fulfilment Needs


4. Know yourself.

Know when your times of efficiency are going to be.  Don’t try to tackle a huge task at your most sluggish time of the day.  Choose that opportunity to do a more automated task that doesn’t require much brainpower.

3. Be creative with your tasks. 

If the task in hand seems too daunting, try breaking it down into smaller steps and ask yourself ‘what is the next step?’ then work on that.

2. Maximise your full potential. 

Know when to multi-task and when not to. Switching from one task to the next can actually be detrimental to your productivity.  You are far better off focusing on one thing and seeing it through to the end.  However, there are a few times when multi-tasking can be beneficial – using the time when the kettle is boiling to think deeply about something or listening to a podcast on your commute or while you’re getting ready in the morning, for example.

1. Give yourself purpose. 

At the end of the day reflect on what you have achieved and how that relates to the bigger plan. If possible take time to jot down what will be on your to-do list for the following day so that the minute you arrive at work, you are all set to begin.

With these 10 tips in place, not only will you achieve more at work, but you will also be able to switch off better in the evenings and at weekends, as you’ll know that everything is in hand. This in turn will propel you forwards, ensuring that paralysis is most definitely a thing of the past as you are empowered by your own productivity.

Tilly Bacon
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