Being productive is hard to come by; procrastination seems to always be your shadow preventing you from reaching your potential for the day.
For me the hardest part of my day is not only waking up but actually physically getting myself up to start my day.
That voice that nags, “ Just a few more minutes of sleep”, or even, “Maybe I can just not do today and stay in bed.”
I know how hard it can be to ignore that voice and resist the temptation to keep on sleeping or not start your day at all. I’m going to touch on 5 things that helped me be more productive in my day and hopefully will help you too!
Have A To Do List For The Day
Have a to do list of the things you want to accomplish for the day. Write this set schedule of things you need to be done and when they will be done.
By doing this you will accomplish much more in a day. Keep that list small do not overwhelm yourself with an inordinate amount of tasks. That way you will actually achieve all the things you need to do.
Focus On One Major Task
You have one big task to do, but it feels very overwhelming. What to do? You feel you won’t ever achieve it. Break that large task down into several smaller and more manageable pieces. Set a small goal every single day for your large task and you will find it is much easier to do and less stressful!
I can’t stress enough how important taking breaks is! If you feel like you want to get more done and skip your breaks. You’re definitely not doing yourself a favor in the long run, you will feel burnt out and it’s not good for your physical or mental health either.
So make sure to take a breather, have time to reflect on how well your doing and give yourself a pat on the back.
Never beat yourself up for not getting everything done on your list. Remember how much you accomplished today and remember tomorrow’s a new day!
For me personally this was a very hard habit to kick. With so many distractions in our modern lives, it’s very hard and very tempting to try to do many things at once.
But the best way to accomplish your goal for the day is to just keep laser focused on that one task and you will find yourself doing more by default.
Walk & Reflect
Take the time to leave your desk or work area; get some fresh air and sunlight. Having that time of quiet reflection and turning your brain off from the task at hand will help you in the long run.
You will feel less stressed and overwhelmed and that sunlight will do wonders for your mood. Not only that but walking helps you focus and become more attentive, so when you do come back from your walk you will be able to focus more on the task at hand.