Efficiency is the name of the game at Agents of Efficiency (obviously) so we’re making it even more efficient for you to improve your business. Every week, we sort through all the boring stuff to bring you the best tips from the wide world of the web. For this week’s #2tips4tues, we examine how to avoid the common pitfall of getting stressed out over productivity.
8 little steps to freedom..
Over the last decade, the internet has gone a bit bonkers over productivity. Apps, to-do lists, hacks, clever shortcuts – you name it, it’s been offered to frantic business owners who want to get more done. But if you’ve tried productivity hacks, you may have noticed that they sometimes backfire. For example, you download an app that wastes even more time because you can’t figure out how to use it.
Instead of relentlessly multitasking, Leo Babauta of Zen Habits offers a list of 8 simple steps to getting things done without stress – like how to meditate, focus on single tasks, and create priority lists. “When I’m starting a new task, before I start single-tasking with this item, I pause. I ask myself, “Is this the most important task I can be doing right now?” Then I ask, “What is my intention with this task?” This just means, why am I doing it? What do I hope to accomplish?”
A zen productivity guide..
PCWorld’s Sarah Purewal offers several tools for decreasing distractions and simplifying your digital workspace. She recommends simple additions like Ommwriter. This full-screen app features a minimalist interface that eliminates potential distractions during writing sessions. In addition, she outlines how to tweak your alert settings in Facebook, Gmail, and Microsoft Outlook for a quieter work environment.
Getting things done without stress is not only possible, it’s actually easier. If worrying is just another time-waster on your to-do list, try adopting some of these zen techniques for grounded productivity.