Do you struggle with productivity? Are you always striving to get your task list accomplished but end up constantly moving task to the next day? It happens to many people. Here’s how to have a more productive day – every day.
#1 Create a List the Night Before
Instead of waking up in the morning to make your to-do list, make your list the night before. This way you can go to bed relaxed and confident for the next day. You also wake up in the morning knowing exactly what is on tap for the day. You might also consider planning on Sunday night for the upcoming week. Then you can face the week with a confident plan.
Take a look at the tasks on your list. What tasks offer the biggest bang for the buck? What tasks offer the most value and achievement? For example, answering email or paying bills isn’t a task that offers a large return. However, making a sale or meeting with a client is a very productive task. Put your most profitable or results-oriented tasks first on your list.
#3 Get a Good Night’s Sleep
The quality of your sleep is important to sustain your energy levels throughout your day. Good sleep means you’ll be fresh and energetic all day long. Creating a to-do list is a good way to help you get a good night’s sleep because you can put the day’s stresses to rest.
Also consider adding soothing night-time rituals to your routine. For example, meditate, stretch or read before you go to bed. Keep a gratitude journal and write before you sleep. Go to bed and wake at the same time to help your body know what to expect.
#4 Eat Healthy
The food you eat has a direct correlation to how energetic and productive you are. Junk food will make you sluggish. Healthy food will help you stay energized all day long. Feed your body well and it will respond by keeping you alert and energetic.
#5 Get Organized
If you spend half your time searching for files, names and numbers, you are wasting time. Make sure any items that you use on a regular basis are easy to grab from your desk chair. They should be easy to find and use.
#6 Take breaks
Productivity doesn’t mean working from sun-up to sundown. In fact, if you work without stopping you’re likely to burn out. Instead, commit to taking a break every hour. Walk around. Get some fresh air. Get blood moving throughout your body.
Do you multi-task hoping it’ll make you more productive? Do you manage one task while your mind is already onto the next task? Both habits are unproductive. When you focus on what you’re doing, not only is the task more enjoyable, it also gets done faster and better.
Productivity is possible. With a little planning, attention and self-care you can get more done in half the time. These tools are simple but effective. They work! Try just one of these steps and watch your own personal productivity improve.