2 Things You Must Determine to Boost Productivity

If you want to boost your productivity, you must become intentional about how you use your time. This goes without say. A big part of productivity is doing the right thing at the right time. In fact, you must perform your most important tasks and activities at a moment when you have enough resources to perform them effectively.

When it comes to productivity, energy is your friend—if you can harness it properly—and procrastination is your enemy. And if you want to boost your productivity, you must maximize your energy and minimize procrastination.

Maximizing your energy means that you use your energy to produce maximum output. Minimizing procrastination means that you refuse to let procrastination rob you of your time and energy (and sabotage your effort to become productive).

This brings me to talk about the two things you must determine to boost your productivity.

1. Determine Your Energy Cycles

Some people are early birds: morning people. They jump out of bed early, full of energy, ready to climb a mountain. Others, though they wake up early, need a little more time—and a few cups of coffee—before their engines start running. Others are night owls, who feel the freshest when the sun has finished its shift and gone to sleep.

Your energy level fluctuates during the day, and determining your energy cycles can help you match your tasks and activities to your energy level.

For example, if you’re a morning person filled with creative energy in the morning, you’d be smart to schedule your most important tasks in the morning. Conversely, if you’re a night owl, you’d be smart to schedule it in the night.

You may have constraints (e.g., fixed hours at your day job) that prevent you from perfectly matching your tasks and activities with your energy level throughout the day. However, knowing your energy cycles gives you the ability to become a little more intentional about your schedule—within the limits of the constraints.

As a general rule, you want to try to schedule mentally demanding tasks and activities at the moment of the day when your mental energy is high.

2. Determine Your Procrastination Patterns

Procrastination is an enemy of productivity. In fact, procrastination is probably responsible for the greater part of your loss of productivity.

When you identify your procrastination patterns, you’re in a better position to fight back. More specifically, you must determine which tasks and activities you shy away from and why. This allows you to gain deeper insight into the manifestations of procrastination in your life.

For example, by monitoring your procrastination pattern, you may realize that, whenever you have to write a report, you tend to procrastinate because you’re afraid of the white-page syndrome. With this insight, whenever you have a report to write, you can prepare yourself and find strategies to overcome the white-page syndrome.

In addition to identifying the tasks and activities you shy away from, it also helps to identify your distractions of choice. What are you doing when you’re procrastinating? Are you playing video games? Watching TV? Scrolling through your Facebook feed? By identifying your distractions of choice, you make it easier for you to unmask procrastination.

In fact, whenever you’re engaging in your distractions of choice, you can ask, “Am I procrastinating right now?” And if you are, you can decide to stop and get to work.

Determining your energy cycles and your procrastination patterns are two powerful ways to boost your productivity. Any gains you make on either side will positively affect your productivity.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.