How To Be More Productive In Everyday Life
Productivity isn’t about doing as much as you possibly can in a short amount of time. Productivity is about making the right choices with your time in order to do something worthwhile with your day.
Being productive comes down to having the motivation to carry out your daily plans. Without motivation, it would be easy to just give up and not do anything at all; leaving you unfulfilled, unsatisfied and ready to give up. Motivation can be a difficult thing to achieve, for some more than others. I know this too well. I’ve never been the most motivated person and because of this I’ve given up on so many things that really could have benefited me. So, I decided to change, and I did change. I’m still not the most motivated or productive person in the world (yet!) but I’m definitely well on my way there; all because I changed a few things in my daily routine. So, I’ve put together a list of the things that I changed to motivate myself and become more productive in order to help you beautiful people take the right step towards your future; a motivation-filled, productive one!
1. Wake up the same time every day!
The key to productivity is to keep a routine. Set your alarm for the same time every day and get up straight away. Don’t hit snooze, don’t tell yourself ‘5 more minutes’ and roll back over and don’t stay in bed after turning your alarm off. Get up as soon as that alarm has been turned off, open your curtains (natural light will wake you up somewhat) and grab a coffee. It might seem like a challenge but you will feel better for it.
2. Exercise and eat breakfast.
It’s been proven that 10-15 minutes of exercise first thing in the morning is the best thing for you, and I can tell you from experience, it’s true. I do 15 minutes of yoga every morning after getting out of bed (sun salutation) and I feel incredible and ready for anything after it. Exercising after waking up might seem like hell on earth but after a while, it turns into routine and you will look forward to it. After an exercise of your choice, go and make yourself a lovely, nutritious breakfast (with coffee of course) to nourish your body. My usual breakfast is egg on toast followed by a fruit filled smoothie, but feel free to be more adventurous.
3. Prepare yourself for the day ahead.
Before I start working, I like to sit down and work out exactly what I need and what I want to get done that day. I write a to-do list of everything I want to accomplish and I plan out how I’m going to accomplish them. Sometimes I even write myself a time schedule for extra motivation, just to make sure I don’t get distracted from my work. I will then do some research for my work e.g. blog posts, new artwork, business plans; this means I don’t waste time when it comes down to carrying out my actions. Then lastly, I check my emails and social media interactions just to ensure I haven’t missed anything out.
4. Get things done.
I always make sure that I start working the same time every day; as I stated in the first point, keeping a routine is important. My phone goes on silent so that I can stay focused on my tasks and I’m not interrupted, and with my to-do list and (sometimes) time schedule, I start working on my goals for the day. The key to getting things done productively is to prioritize your to-do list. Do the things that need to be done first and then do the extras after.
5. Don’t Multitask
When you have so many things to get done, multitasking might seem like a good idea. I’ve been guilty of multitasking many times in the past, it’s almost like cutting corners because by doing things all at once you can get them finished quicker, but in reality, it doesn’t work like that. By multitasking, you’re not focusing all of your attention on one task meaning that you’re not giving your best to that task and it does show. Also, multitasking will slow your work down because you’re doing so many things at once and because of this you could burn yourself out and lose motivation. Don’t do it! Finish one task before starting another, it’s much more satisfying anyway.
6. Take plenty of breaks.
I know, I know; how can you be productive if you’re constantly taking breaks? The answer is, in many ways. Taking little breaks in between working is good because you’re less likely to burn yourself out. In between task, get some fresh air, grab a snack, make a coffee and chill out for 10 minutes. You’ll go back to your work fresh and ready to continue. If you don’t take breaks, you are going to overwork yourself and in time you will not enjoy what you’re doing.
7. Have a cut off time.
The term ‘live, breathe and sleep work’ is a terrible one. You need a cut-off point where you finish up for the night and unwind, otherwise you’ll lose your mind. Even the most successful of business people have a cut-off point. I’m not saying you have to completely shut off; by all means, read business articles, browse Pinterest for ideas, have a think about tomorrows tasks, if that’s how you like to unwind, but keep it light hearted. Watch your favourite shows, catch up with family and friends, have a nice meal and just relax. You can worry about work tomorrow!