It’s the holiday season—which means that you should be spending more time with family and less time at work. How can you improve your productivity and balance these different commitments? Here’s our guide to becoming more productive in just 5 minutes.
Does becoming more productive take a lot of effort?
There’s a huge misconception that being productive requires a lot of effort. That’s because people online talk about how they wake up at 4 am, adopt a certain diet, or spend months undergoing focus training to be productive.
In reality, being productive doesn’t require that much time or effort. All you need is 5 minutes a day.
Tips for becoming more productive in 5 minutes
Tip #1: Type your daily to-do list out on a notes app
No time for elaborate planning or a monthly organizer? Just type out your daily to-do list on a notes app of your choice. This is a quick, easy, and convenient way to stay organized throughout the day. Even having a rough plan of your day will go miles in helping you avoid distractions, complete tasks, and achieve your goals.
Tip #2: Step away from your screen and take a look outside
Who knew that taking a 5 minute break could help so much? While most people think that working longer makes you more productive, that’s far from the truth. In fact, taking a 5 minute break can boost your efficiency. That’s because taking a break gives your mind some time away from critical thinking. In some cases, taking a look around your home or neighborhood could inspire you and aid your creative thinking as well.
Tip #3: Ask a friend
You’re not in this alone! Productivity isn’t about working hard, it’s about working smart. And if you’re not the right person for the task, that means finding someone who is. Instead of spending hours fretting over something you don’t have experience in, ask a colleague for guidance. This is a great way for you to connect with others, learn new skills, and get work done fast.
Tip #4: Meditate every day
Meditation has been proven to improve moods, enhance health, and boost productivity. Before you get worried, remember that meditation isn’t as daunting as it sounds! In fact, you don’t need months of skill or professional certification to meditate. All you need is a quick guide and a small bit of time.
While some people prefer to meditate in the morning, you can do it anytime you want—on the train to work or right before bed. You can vary your meditation duration and type as well. That’s the beauty of meditation—it’s extremely customizable and accessible to pick up. Start small with 5 minutes every day and then work your way up as you go. This is a great step to train your discipline, which goes a long way in making you more productive.
5 minutes for a happy holiday season
It’s time to bust the myth about productivity being complicated and time-consuming. Anyone can be more productive with just a little time and effort every day. In fact, by using a Timeqube, you can track your 5 minutes of daily productivity and see how you progress over the days. Give it a go and take your learnings with you into 2021!