The ability to get things done is an important skill to develop. This skill is necessary to be successful, whether you’re a college student, a stay at home mom, or a high-performance entrepreneur. Since it is the natural tendency of a human being to always be busy, then productivity as a skill is a compulsory subject for everyone.
If you are looking for productivity and time management tips, then Eben Pagan is your man. Eben is known as a highly successful entrepreneur who has sold millions of dollars of his training courses. Obviously, a man at his level of success must know how to live a productive life. Here are eight tips from Eben Pagan to help you become more productive in your life (taken from the Get Altitude audio podcast series)
1. Multitasking, distractions, and interruptions are time thieves
Contrary to popular belief, multitasking doesn’t make you more productive. Distractions interruptions clearly take your focus away from the project you are working on. But multitasking is rarely thought about as also being a time thief.
Multitasking is not productive because you lose momentum when doing multiple things at once. You can’t focus all your energy on one task, therefore all of your tasks are not performed at optimal level. Rather than trying to do many things at once, do them one at a time. Finish one task before you move on to the next one.
2. Our brains are losing focus for sustained periods
In our information era where information is abundant, our brains are beginning to rewire themselves. We have shorter attention spans than before since many things are fighting for our attention all at once. You get an email, a text message, a chat on your chat app, a call from your boss, and an alarm on your reminder. All these things overwhelm your focus making you unable to focus on any one of them.
This phenomenon shows itself through the different text patterns of different generations. Today’s younger generation use shorter, abbreviated words to convey their message; while older generation uses full, long text to say what they mean (even in text messages). If a long text message is sent to a young person, they might not digest it completely since they are used to everything being short.
To remedy this situation, you must consciously practice paying longer attention. Whenever you are in the middle of a task, such as a meeting or reading a book, don’t do anything else until you have done that task. Focusing on a single task helps to lengthen your attention span.
3. Internet apps distract our attention to check again
In connection to the previous point, internet and chat apps make us become addicted to them. A social media app contains hundreds, even thousands, of your friends. There is always someone posting some thing to catch your attention. Over time, this becomes an addiction and makes you want to check if there is something new or not.
Avoid being addicted by turning off your social media app, at least during work. There are many ways to do this, including installing apps on your computer or phone to block social media updates. But the simplest way is to just avoid checking your social media every 5 minutes. Schedule them during slow hours, such as before lunch time, or after office hours.
4. Friends and family don’t understand to not interrupt us
This tip is for those of you who work from home. When you work from home, your family doesn’t know that you must not be interrupted. Most people will think you are not busy, and therefore come inside your work room either to talk or ask you to do something.
Although they are your family, this behavior can become annoying. It also makes you less productive. The solution is to communicate to your family that you are working and you need focus. Don’t expect them to change their behavior immediately. Over time though, they will start to develop the habit of not interrupting you.
The four tips above can help you become more productive in managing your time. You can find more information on how to be productive by registering for Eben Pagan’s Wake Up Productive course. For the in-depth coverage of this course, read my review about it.