When it comes to your personal computer, there’s a good chance that you’re not being nearly as productive as you think you are. Sure, you might be spending hours on end at your computer, but that doesn’t mean that you’re actually working at your full potential.
First of all, the first thing that you need to do when going for your full potential is work on achieving a kind of “laser focus.” You might think that all that work at the keyboard is showing how focused you are, but several recent studies have shown that many people using their computers are far from focused. While they might be working on a work-related project, they are also using Facebook, Twitter, and texting to friends and family.
In order to achieve maximum productivity, you need to focus on the task at hand. Don’t check your email. Close your browser and turn off your texting. Instead, simply spend time on the individual project. In many cases, the project is usually something that you won’t get doing. This is why you’re spending time doing other things. However, if you tell yourself that you’ll work on the project for 30 minutes and then treat yourself to a quick Facebook break, you’ll be amazed at how much more work you get done. At the same time, applying focus to the project will usually get the project finished more quickly.
If you’ve got a project that needs doing, your computer is the perfect partner to help you get through it. If the project requires research, you can research all the information available online. Rather than trying to compose your material while you are researching, try dedicating time to doing the research itself. Don’t worry about trying to handle the project at this time. Instead, just focus on getting all the notes that you need. After that, you can take your notes and start putting them into composition form.
Full Screen Mode
Many programs today offer “full screen mode” for your benefit. This means you’ll have the chance to avoid anything else on your screen but whatever your current project is. This might not seem like a big deal, but once you get into the habit of going full screen, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start doing it sooner. By removing all the distractions from your project, you’ll apply that “laser focus” mentioned earlier to the current situation, helping you accomplish your task more quickly and efficiently.
Make sure that your computer is running at peak efficiency. If you haven’t defragmented your disk drive in a while, this would be a good time to clear up any problems going on. When you’re trying to be productive, having a slow computer isn’t going to help you. There are also free anti-virus programs available that will check to make sure your system isn’t infected with malware, which is known for slowing things down.
Naturally, you won’t achieve increased productivity right away, but by applying these simple rules to using your PC, you’ll soon discover that you’re working smarter and faster than you ever have before.