Libby Kane wrote in Business Insider a curious article on how 2 seemingly obvious questions can get you the most productive work days: 1- What is most important right now? and What do you feel like doing?
Here is how answering these questions can improve your productivity: on the first question, this is dictated by your project managing and task managing system.
First, she recommends to list the most important tasks and then introduce a secondary parameter for evaluation of the priority such as Deadlines, people waiting, and when will you see the return on your effort. We would suggest to add what happens if it isn’t done now?
With this secondary list of parameters, you get the priorities you need to structure your tasks and improve both the real productivity and your sense of being productive.
On the second more hedonistic question you can choose between your to do tasks the ones that fall into the category of what you feel like doing such as writing, editing, answer emails, or other tasks you have at hand. Whenever possible the author recommends you batch together all the similar tasks so you get the faster at it. When you run out of steam with one batch of task you can always move on to the next and in so doing keep your productivity on a high.
This is also a way to reduce stress by not having to think over and over what you are about to do next and just focus on the task at hand. Not checking emails and social media during tasks, answering their urgent appeal also helps to reduce stress and keep productive on the task. Scheduling these time traps minimizes lost time and reduces stress and frustration of feeling time slip between your fingers.
Last but not least it is recommended to move every now and then getting up from the chair and stretching as well as having short breaks to keep focus longer and your productivity high. Having a helper in this department makes all the difference when you get a fatigue alert and are warned to take a break and rest for a few moments. This helps to keep the fatigue levels down, production up and so avoids stress and frustration of not getting things done.