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The online dictionary defines productivity as: “the effectiveness of productive effort, especially in industry, as measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input.”  Yeah right!?  The kids are creating abstract art by painting the walls with ketchup and mustard… Your sister is distressed and is looking to you for support (or just a reassuring ear) because mom keeps calling her shallow because she is always posting selfies… The family rallies together to demand a meal better than “ramen noodles with your choice of toppings”… You have already flipped your socks inside out – laundry must be done … and still you need five more pages to submit an assignment which is due in 83 minutes.  There is no energy drink that can help you now!!!!  How do an individual become productive?  If you read between the lines, the person I just described is productive.. Or is she?  If your answer is “she is not productive,” then you are correct!  In the above scenario, there is nothing getting done, she is skating by on activities and duties which needs her attention.  And, more than likely, she will have an ulcer due to stress in little or no time.  Productivity is a broad term.  You can be productive at school, or home, or work.  But, how does an individual obtain a holistic realm of productivity.  Below are 7 tips to help you become more productive:

  1. Make a to-do list (tackle to tough items on your agenda first)
  2. Decide how much time you need or want to spend on each goal (time management)
  3. Avoid addictive time wasting activities (extensive social media posts… #BEING PRODUCTIVE)
  4. Remove distractions (silence phone)
  5. Focus on one thing at a time.
  6. Balance home and work (and school)
  7. Say “yes” sparingly

Remember, practice makes perfect.  You are not going to become productive overnight.  Making plans, scheduling, prioritizing, and time management are crucial elements to become the the best productive you, you can be!  Happy juggling 🙂