Because the purpose of minimalism is keeping only what is essential. So is the purpose of being productive. When you eliminate any nonessential task that doesn't support your goal you create space for what really matters. Then you can put everything into that thing that really matter.
The idea is to create a sustainable balance in life that you can keep up every day.
1- Setting your priorities
. Collect a list of all your task
No matter the order, just collect on paper.
. Identify Important vs Urgent
Urgent is work that, if not completed by the end of the day or in the next several hours, will have serious negative consequences
. Evaluate value
Look at your important work and identify what carries the highest value to your business and organization.
You want to recognize exactly which types of tasks have top priority over the others Order tasks by estimated effort.
You may start with the shortest project because achieving it will give you energy and motivation to start the lengthier one.
. Be flexible and adaptable
Uncertainty and change is a given. Know that your priorities will change, and often when you least expect them to. But—and here’s the trick—you also want to stay focused on the tasks you’re committed to completing.
2- Staying organize
. Make sure everything has its own place
It will save you time by finding easily everything you need. Working in a clean organized place helps clarity and focus. Your space is the reflection of your mind. So keep it as clear as possible.
. Give up multitasking
If you are solely only focusing on one task at hand, you will actually complete it much faster than working on multiple projects.
Make sure you take a single day to go over your work plans for the coming week. It will help you remember what is due, and keep things organized, so you won't have any surprising appointments you completely forgot about.
. List your tasks of the day
Not only will it keep you more organized, but it will boost your brainpower, too.
3- Focusing on the essential
. Waking up early
It is hugely underrated. It gives you a head start on everyone else at a time that allows you more focus with no distractions and when your mind is at its most alert.
. Create a routine that works for you
Having structure isn’t a bad thing. When you know what you’re doing each and every day, it’s much easier to be focused on your bigger picture goals.
. Manage your inbox
How you manage your email habits can have a huge impact on your focus and productivity. What you need to strive for is a balance between not being controlled by your inbox and being able to respond within a timely manner.
. Remove notifications from your mobile phone
You can’t just rely on willpower alone to ignore distractions. The constant alerts you receive on your phone are often the most difficult to ignore.
. Save the polish for the very end
It will save you a big amount of time. It allows your project to progress in a way you may not expect in the beginning.
4- Finding passion
. Passion helps to intensify focus
It is a state of mind. When you are passionate about a job then you not only love doing it, but it seems interesting to you. You make sure that it is completed with full accuracy. As a result, you become more attentive and focused towards your preferred job.
If you do a job that you are passionate about, then there is no space left for disruption and distraction.
. It enables creativity and innovation
Doing the work you are passionate about is one of the most pleasing experiences. There are more highs and fewer lows, and each day seems more bright and interesting. Even your creative process is also enhanced and you tend to come up with better ideas. Doing a work that you enjoy helps to enhance your mental state and as a result, you come with more innovative and progressive ideas as compared to doing a job which seems dull and boring
. Passion for work improves the desire to pursue excellence
Because it raises your energy and your motivation, It makes you feel more satisfied and less stressed. You feel happy to put in extra hours, are more willing to put in extra efforts. It helps you to cross your own delineated goals
Passion at work is therefore extremely vital, as ‘what you sow, so shall you reap’. If you want a career that is rewarding and beneficiary to you from all aspects, then it’s essential that you put in your best, and be passionate about what you do.
If you'd like to go further and improve all aspects of your productivity, you might be interested about my Productivity-workshop dedicated to that subject, and specificity designed for creatives. You can find it in the services.