Now onto some productivity helps and hinders:Helpers:
- Applied Behaviour Analysis (as mentioned in this post): a good way to increase productivity is to analyse what makes you productive and what makes you procrastinate. What are the consequences of your procrastinating? Generally it's fun and stress relief. These are immediate gratifiers, and they often win out over the more delayed ones - satisfaction of getting the job done on time, and other consequences such as good grades, promotion at work for doing well, etc. Working on the other hand is mildly punishing in the immediate term; however not working is a delayed punisher: stress from deadlines looming, extra hard work to complete things on time, etc. Being more aware of this, and setting yourself up for success (find ways to immediately reward working and immediately punish procrastination) can help. Ask me if you want more information!
- To do lists: help you to be better organised, and you get to feel a sense of accomplishment when you cross something off. Make sure though that you don't spend all your time making the lists, but actually doing what's on them!
- Some productivity programs (thanks to The Thesis Whisperer for all these suggestions):
- Pomodoro: an interesting time-management technique that breaks up your work into increments, and includes a 5 min break every 25 mins. I have installed the app on my phone, though have yet to try it; but I think it looks very promising.
- Evernote: this is very helpful if you're a constant note-scribbler and then find it difficult to organise the notes (or even just find them again!)
- Dropbox: access important files on any computer; this has helped a lot on the days I work from home (well sometimes).
Do you have any other helpful productivity suggestions?