What do you think of when you think of Productivity? For many people, it is a common assumption that this means you must hustle & do it all, even if it means sacrificing your peace of mind. You’ll see through today’s post, that Productivity doesn’t have to be so stressful. I think being productive is more about getting things done in an efficient manner and in a more beneficial way. In today’s post, I am going to go over 10 ways you can increase your productivity and complete that never-ending to-do list, without burnout or feeling overwhelmed. Let’s get into it.
1. PRODUCTIVITY STARTS THE NIGHT BEFORE –
Think about it. What you do the night before greatly impacts your next day, especially the morning. There are things you can do the night before to make things a lot easier for yourself the next day. For example, try meal prepping. Get your meals for the next day made and ready to go. One less thing for you to worry about. Try picking out your outfit and having it laid out. Can you shower the night before to save yourself some time? Doing things like this will save you so much time and energy the following day.
2. GET ENOUGH SLEEP –
There is nothing worse than having to get through a full day of work on little to no sleep. You will feel irritable, groggy and less productive. Be sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. This will help you the following day and will help you feel more motivated and capable.
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3. MAKE YOUR BED AND DECLUTTER –
There is something about the simplicity of making your bed that really sets your day off on the right foot. It will help you to feel a sense of accomplishment before you’ve even brushed your teeth. By doing this two-minute task, you are likely to have a more productive day, as this simple habit often leads to a domino effect of other positive practices throughout your day. In Charles Duhigg’s book, The Power of Habit, he explains how making your bed is a keystone habit that leads to other positive choices. Living in a tidy space in general, creates a sense of wellbeing in your life and will ultimately leave you feeling more peaceful. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
4. EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST & STAY HYDRATED-
A healthy body leads to a healthy mind. A healthy mind leads to increased productivity. It’s that simple. Try to avoid eating junk for breakfast. Eat something that is full of protein and will nourish your body. My usual breakfast is 2 eggs, a piece of toast & half an avocado. If I’m out the door early, I’ll make a nourishing green juice. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated. There are SO MANY benefits of hydration, so you really cannot skip out on this one.
5. MAKE A LIST –
This is one of the first things I do when I wake up. Make yourself a list of things you’d like to get done throughout the day. Put a * beside the tasks that are non-negotiable. Focus on doing those tasks first and work your way through the others. Having these tasks on paper makes them more actionable and you will feel more motivated to get them done!
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6. TIME BLOCK & BATCH WORK –
This is a BIG ONE for me. If you’ve never heard of these methods before, let me break it down simply. Time blocking is where you allot yourself a certain amount of time to do a specific task. If you don’t finish it in the time frame, you move onto the next thing. You keep doing this until you are done. Any tasks you didn’t finish can be moved to a later time or date. Doing this really helps to keep you focused and on track. It often eliminates procrastination and gets you going (in my experience).
Batch working basically means that you do ONE task at a time. For example, let’s say I’m working on blog posts. I will work ONLY on writing these posts for 2 hours. I will not move from task to task, such as making graphics or working on SEO for my post. I find batch working really helps keep your mind on track with a certain topic and helps keep you in a creative frame of mind. Give it a try!
7. TURN OFF YOUR PHONE OR NOTIFICATIONS –
If you can, turn your phone off when you are working! Whatever the task is at hand, having your phone off is going to really eliminate distractions and will keep you focused. I, for one, am guilty of mindlessly scrolling Instagram, when I should be working on something else. You too? Give this a try. It really helps with productivity. If you can’t turn off your phone, at least turn off your notifications.
8. TAKE BREAKS –
In order to stay productive, you need to schedule breaks for yourself. This is the only way to avoid feeling burned out and tired. Whether that means you go for a walk, play with your dog, chat with a coworker, or meditate. Take 10-15 minute breaks, if possible, at least every 2-3 hours.
9. LEARN TO SAY NO –
There are far too many of us who simply feel like we must do it all. Learning to say “no”, in a respectful way, is seriously such a game-changer. If you don’t feel like it’s something you can commit to, there is nothing wrong with politely declining. YOU DO NOT NEED TO FEEL GUILTY. You need to put your own life and responsibilities first, in order to be useful to someone else.
10. CELEBRATE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS –
This is a big one. We are often so hard on ourselves, and tend to focus on the things we still need to do. Try shifting your focus by adding this ONE practice to your bedtime routine. Instead of focusing on what you still have to do, try focusing on all the things you got done throughout the day. By recognizing your accomplishments, you will bring more positivity into your life.
There you have it, guys! I hope you will find some of these tips & tricks useful. I use all of these tips in my daily life and find they really help with increasing my productivity in an efficient and calm manner. Let me know down below what you practice to increase your productivity!
Have a great week!
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