Do you find yourself having too much to do and not enough hours in a day to get it all done? Or constantly feeling like you haven’t accomplished what you really wanted to in a day and beating yourself up for not doing more? You can integrate some simple tips to improve your productivity and open up the gates for accomplishing more on a daily basis.
Setting up daily routines does more towards improving your productivity than anything else. Realizing what strengths and weaknesses you have for the major parts of the day; morning, midday and evening will help you to find your own personal rhythm for getting the most done in a day. Most people have the greatest energy for big creative accomplishments earlier in the day. However, not everyone is a morning person, so establishing a morning routine that will get you up and ready for you day with minimal fuss, will help you to devote some time in the morning for making productive work on your big goals. Midday most people notice their energy going down, so this is a perfect time of day to do the more routine tasks like answering emails, returning calls, or making appointments. Evening then can become the time that you plan and prepare for the future. Figuring out what tomorrow will entail, and planning for the next week or month will help you to keep your big picture in mind and set the right amount of time aside for making the most progress.
I had heard so many times that you should answer emails in the morning, and I did that for a long time. Then I noticed that I was constantly rescheduling my personal priorities as I responded to a never-ending list of favors and requests. They would go something like this, (email creator) I have a meeting this afternoon and I need all of the XX for my presentation, can you pull together a list of all my XX and get it to me in 1 hour. Most people want to be helpful, and some feel like they won’t be liked if they aren’t seen as the person that is always there to save the day, but this mindset will be the end of your productivity for your improvement. Learning when it is okay to say no will be a vital skill for you to improve your productivity and show people that you have the importance to determine the best ways to get the days priorities done.
Take Action Now
If you have a big goal there is no better time to get started than right now. As your excitement about a goal increases, making progress towards that goal will help to ramp up that positive feedback loop and make it easier to commit the time to take the steps necessary to accomplish your goal. If you are a person that thrives on to-do lists, maybe you can try a different type of list this week. Try making a “stop doing” list for yourself. This list will contain those things that you intentionally decided not to do so that you can take action on those things that are most important to you.
Take Care of Yourself
Drink more water throughout the day. Being dehydrated saps your energy level and will result in you getting less done. Setting working times, and time for breaks will also help you to keep your energy strong. When you are working on a big project or goal, set aside 90 minute working intervals and then follow that up with a 10 minute break so you can refuel. Make sure that you take time out for food as well, keeping your body fed will also give you the energy that you need to improve your productivity.
Surround Yourself with Positive Energy
Do you have energy vampires in your life, those people who suck the enthusiasm out of what you are doing, or even your day. When you are most productive you will be able to build on that positive energy. Try to align yourself with people and resources that will help you to accomplish your goals, provide encouragement and share in your success.
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