Do you wish you were more productive? You may feel that you get distracted too often and don’t do as much as you would like every day. You start every day with good intentions, but soon find yourself pulled into other tasks. You are not alone. These are some tips to help you increase your productivity.

Spend Time Moving

Your brain needs a break, especially if you are deep in a project. You may think that taking a break will disrupt your flow and make it harder to get back into the task, but you can actually find that you have greater creativity and focus if you take a break and get some exercise every half hour to an hour.

Therefore, stretch, take a walk, do some jumping jacks or run in place for five minutes every hour. Your body and your brain will feel rejuvenated, and you will feel ready to get back to work.

Start With a List

First, write a list every day that includes everything you want to complete. Review and arrange your list based on priority. Put the short, easy things at the bottom and the most complicated, least desirable items at the top. Write your top three priorities at the very top of your list. You need to complete these things today because they have immediate deadlines.

You can also estimate the time it will take to complete each task. Start at the top of your list and work down. Do not move down until the item before is completely done.

Make Yourself Accountable

If you own your business, you may not feel as if you are accountable to anyone. However, the lack of accountability can encourage you to procrastinate and delay projects. Therefore, you need to find some way to make yourself accountable.

First, recognize that all of your staff depends on you finishing your projects and doing your work. Then, work with a manager or someone you respect to check on your project status. You can work with them in brainstorming sessions to help when you feel uninspired, but their key job is to hold you accountable for your work.

Avoid Multitasking

Do you try to do more than one thing at a time? You may think that your efficiency increases when you do more than one task at a time, but when you split your focus, you actually lose time. In addition, you can miss important things in both tasks. If you focus on one thing at a time, your brain can work more effectively.

In just a few steps, you can increase your productivity. Once you create habits from these tips, test out new tips to increase your production.