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Five Tips to Help You Boost Your Productivity

Grab your go juice ladies and buckle up! On today’s Doctoral Mom blog, we are going to talk about the dreaded P word, PRODUCTIVITY. That’s right. How does a mother whose got a to-do list a mile long, running off no sleep get things done? Every mom has asked herself this question at least once. So, to get you going in the right direction, here are some tips on how to boost your productivity:

Prioritize This is at the top of the list because it is probably the most important tip. If you are going to get ahead of your tasks, the first step is to prioritize them. Jot all of your tasks down and decide which ones need to be done first. Which are the most important, and which can wait. Maybe you need to do laundry, but you’ve also got a paper due Monday. The laundry can probably wait.

Break your tasks into smaller pieces Sometimes the work that needs done can seem overwhelming. Just the though of having so much to do makes you want to curl up on the couch under your favorite blanket and never leave. This often leads to procrastination and procrastination is the killer of productivity. Breaking your to-dos into smaller pieces can make them seem less intimidating. You won’t be as likely to avoid them either. Maybe you take ten or fifteen minutes to work on a task that you know is going to take a lot of time, then move on to another. When you’re done, move back to the first task. Take this task in increments instead of trying to tackle it all at one time. A little bit here and there add up to a whole lot in the end.

Focus on one thing at a time If you have a big project that needs finished, try focusing on one area of the project first. Just like breaking up the time you work on a project, breaking up the projects into smaller pieces makes the project seem smaller and easier.

Manage your time efficiently Try setting your clock thirty minutes to an hour earlier and using that time to work. Steal a few minutes away on your lunch, or your break, or after dinner. Schedule in the projects you want to work on during these designated times and stick to it. You will be amazed at how much you will get accomplished by doing this.

Take a break to avoid burnout This tip may seem counteractive, but it is one of the most important ones. If you don’t take time to let your mind and body rest, they will take the time themselves, and it won’t be pretty. It is so easy to overwork yourself. It’s important that you listen to your mind and body. They will tell you when you are overworked and need a break. So, don’t work yourself to the point of a mental breakdown. Stop, breath, and recharge. Work hard and rest hard. You’ll get where you need to be.

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