In life, we always have a long list of things that we want to achieve. However, with all the distractions that make up a part of our everyday life, it’s often very difficult to actually be productive and get these things done.
These are some tips that I use most days to actually be productive. And they’re all super simple to follow but they’ll surely help you cut through all the distractions and actually get things done. Doing these alone will help you have a super meaningful year in which you accomplish so much of what you want to accomplish.
Go to bed early
This sounds like really generic information that you can find almost anywhere and while it is, many of us tend to overlook this super important step. However, going to be early (or at least earlier than usual) can help you be super productive throughout your day. Between the hours of 9-10 pm is a great time as it will allow you to get at least 8 hours of sleep and wake up quite early.
Why you need to be well rested:
- allows you to be hyper-focused throughout the day. No more burnout around mid-morning or afternoon time
- You won’t feel tired which will help you to get more done.
Set your alarm to wake up at 5:30 -6:00 am
This one may be a bit difficult for you, however, it’s something to strive for this year if you want to improve your productivity. Often times we wake up super late and half the morning has gone by. Not only does this encourage a more laid back attitude throughout the day, but it also inhibits your ability to be focused so, if you just can’t justify waking up as early as 5:30 am, then strive to wake up at least one hour before your normal waking time to help you be more productive.
Why you should wake up earlier:
- Gives you more time to get more done throughout the day (more daylight hours)
- Gives the opportunity to get a lot done before the kids, husband or family wakes up
- Gives you the opportunity to focus on some self-care (journaling, eating something healthy, doing some exercise etc)
Do a quick workout every morning (or every day if you don’t have time in the mornings)
This will not only help you lose some weight or tone your body up, but it will also help you to shake off the lethargic feeling that most people have who don’t exercise. A quick workout will also help you get a more focused mind which then will help you be more productive. Exercising is a great way to boost your energy throughout the day.
Eat a healthy breakfast and drink some coffee.
If you’re one who skips breakfast, start making it a habit to have breakfast. This will help you get the energy to get through your morning and actually get things done. How you ever tried being productive and doing some real work while being hungry? Boy does that feeling suck!
Plan your day the night before
Many times we tackle our days with no plan of action. This actually leads to a lack of productivity since it’s actually quite time-consuming to do anything without a plan. You get lost, you start multiple projects at once, leave them half done and attempt something else. All in all the process can be very counterproductive and frustrating and you feel like you’re all over the place which greatly hinders your productivity.
I’ve found that I can work my best and perform at optimum levels of productiveness when I have a plan of action for my day. It’s easy to just use a regular notebook or a piece of paper to plan out your days, but I often prefer using an actual planner to help me out. And it’s been working great.
I’ve been able to increase my productivity and the use of my time to knockout big projects by just planning ahead. Before planning ahead I used to feel confused and lost most days, now I feel like I have control over my time and I feel awesome!
Thousands of people use planners and journals to get more productive, and you can too!
Tackle everything on your list in increments
I LOVE LOVE LOVE to work in time slots each day. I parcel out my mornings for 3 tasks, my afternoon for 3 and my evenings for 2 tasks that are important on a given day and I work on those in the allotted time frame. This not only gives my day structure, but it helps me not feel overwhelmed.
Expounding more on this point
I also batch work to help me be more productive. Every day of the week is dedicated to one overall task that I give all my focus to on that given day. Before, I used to try to do all the things every day. I always felt like I was stuck in one place doing the same things day in and day out. Now I don’t feel like this anymore.
Human being have an attention span of fewer than 10 seconds, which means if you’re attempting to get all the things done at the same time, you’re likely going around in circles and making a big fat confused mess of things!
So, if you want to be a little more productive consider batch working. You can read on batching your tasks here.
Eat that frog
Do the biggest thing on your list first. According to Brian Tracy, this is a how successful people get ahead by completing the biggest, most challenging things on their to-do lists- the thing that you will most likely procrastinate on, but also the thing that will have to most positive impact on your day once it is done. Listen to Eat That Frog here.
You can do a number of things on this list to help you become more productive. These simple productivity tips are exactly what I have used to take control of my time and my life and get more done every day. You can too!