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Psychological techniques for maximizing micro productivity

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the too many tasks you have to complete during the day? Or, even worse, have you been avoiding or procrastinating certain tasks on your to-do list? If the answer is yes, you are not the only one. When you are thinking of a task you need to complete that requires a lot of effort and time, your mind tends to confront it as an unpleasant event. The key in order to achieve, even your biggest goals, is micro productivity.

Microproductivity is the art of breaking down your goals into smaller tasks and dealing with one part of your goal at a time. This action will help you focus more efficiently on your goals and will decrease the times that you give up or set certain actions for later. When you achieve a task, even if it is a small one, dopamine, the hormone of happiness, is released into your brain. That makes you feel satisfied and joyful and will make you want to repeat the action that triggered that feeling. Below you will find psychological hacks that assist you in mastering the art of micro productivity.

Set a clear image of the final result

Before you start working on a goal, firstly you need to define in detail what is the final outcome you want to reach. If you do not set the right foundation, you may face a lot of problems along the way. But, if you specify everything in regard to your goal, this will make it much easier for you to start working on it. Specificity is essential, in order to focus only on tasks that are relevant to your goal, so as not to waste time on tasks that may take you off the way and mislead you. Moreover, this complete image of your goal can contribute to your persistence in pursuing your goal levels and, last but not least, keep you highly motivated.  

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Write down all the necessary steps

Except for a clear image of the final goal, you also need to record the steps that need to be completed, in order to get there. Each one of these steps will be a task for you to complete. If possible, schedule the steps in chronological order. This will help you watch the process step by step and even detect mistakes or missing steps. Furthermore, if you think it will help you, break down your tasks into even smaller tasks if you do not have enough time and you do not want to be disappointed at the end of the day.

Use time to your advantage

Once you have created a clear image of your goal and have recorded all the necessary steps you need to follow in order to achieve it, do not forget to set a deadline for each task and, finally, for the endpoint. You cannot start something without knowing when it will end. A timeline creates the need for accountability and keeps you alert and enthusiastic about reaching the finish line. Even if what you are trying to achieve is an ongoing task, you need to set a deadline for each included iteration. And do not forget to congratulate yourself after completing each task in time. 

Microproductivity will help you focus on smaller tasks, to which you may not have paid too much attention till now, but are equally important, in order to reach the finish line and achieve your goal.