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productivity

Angela McGee

By Angela McGee Freelance journalist and mother of Grace, 12

Struggling to get everything done? Here’s 10 simple ways to boost your productivity.

1 Do the most hated tasks first

No matter what job you dread, having it hang over you throughout the day will slow you down and make procrastination more likely. So get it out of the way early on and you’ll spend the rest of your time feeling lighter and a little bit smug.

2 Write a daily to-do list

There’s nothing better than seeing a list of crossed-off jobs but don’t include any long-term goals. For example, getting a new job, put the house on the market or lose ten pounds by the end of the day might be too demoralising.

3 Delegate

Whether it’s an office junior, your husband or a friend, having someone else to help share the load is a more efficient way to operate. Often it can feel like a big risk, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking you’re the only person who can do this stuff!

4 Set short deadlines

The more time you give yourself, the more time you’ll take. Use your phone alarm or even your oven timer as a ‘5 minutes left’ signal, it’s a great way to concentrate the mind.

5 Start the day full of life

No one is productive when they’re grumpy and tired. So, plan some R&R into your schedule and get a good night’s sleep. If you’re feeling overtired or stressed then try a multivitamin, like Pharmaton Vitality Capsules, which is clinically proven to relieve tiredness and restore vitality.

Pharmaton Vitality Capsules is for the relief of temporary periods of fatigue. Always read the label.

6 Declutter your space

Email in-boxes, wardrobes, desks, kids’ rooms… having to wade through piles of rubbish to find something important slows you down physically and mentally. Get decluttering, one area at a time will save you time in the long run.

7 Share your goals

Tell friends, colleagues and family what you plan to do. Being held to account is an instant motivator.

8 Just start

You can think about it, plan it and discuss it with others until you’re blue in the face. But that won’t help. ‘Starting’ is often the biggest hurdle. So, grit your teeth and get going.

9 Stop multitasking

It doesn’t help you achieve more. We all know it takes time to adjust to the new task and it can be hard to dedicate yourself fully to one thing. ‘Singletasking’ is the way forward as it forces you to focus on what’s in front of you.

10 Don’t try and be perfect

Ridiculously high standards are not only unrealistic; they’re a massive emotional burden. You won’t meet them and it will feel like others are letting you down. Instead, find a level of accomplishment that you’re satisfied with but that’s realistic. That way you’ll achieve so much more and feel better about it too.

To feel the positive difference

Pharmaton Vitality Capsules is a licensed medicine that’s clinically proven to relieve tiredness and can enhance mental and physical performance.

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