This week's Fake It 'Til You Make It is about increasing productivity at work or school. Feeling unproductive, or preparing for a busy season or semester? This one is for you.
In case you missed it, I'm doing a four week, four part series on faking it 'til you make it in different aspects of your life. Last week I wrote about keeping your home organized (ADD LINK). This week, I'm covering how you can increase your productivity at work or school to get more done!
Plan the Part
Once you've identified your area of weakness, make a plan. That doesn't mean just telling yourself that you're going to be more productive, it means sitting down and outlining how you're going to do it. Something I've been working on is managing my to-do list in a way that keeps it from being overwhelming, but also keeps me aware of everything I'm currently working on.
Look the Part
Part of increasing your productivity means investing in your organizational structure. Whether it's something physical like file folders, or a chunk of time devoted to getting a system in place, looking the part means presenting yourself as productive, and that may require some investment.
Act the Part
Another way to act the part is to remind yourself of your goal. Write it down on a cute post-it note and put it somewhere visual in your office. Then change your background of your computer to an inspirational quote that will keep you going. (Need a few ideas - check out our Pinterest board!) Then, write it in your planner, and on your coffee mug... ok, maybe not that far, but you're getting the picture. The more you can remind yourself to fix your bad habits, the more likely you are to stay motivated!
Be the Part
The key at this point is not to get relaxed and revert back to your old ways, but to identify another distraction, and start all over, working to eliminate something else. Not only will it make you look good as an employee, it means less overtime, and less stress.