Sometimes it just feels like there isn’t enough time in the day. You set out in the morning with a mental list of things to get done, only to go to bed at night having accomplished only a few of those tasks. Not being as productive as you once hoped can be frustrating to say the least.
With a little research, we found some tried-and-true methods to increasing productivity! Some are easier said than done, but even adopting one of these strategies is guaranteed to increase your efficiency.
Plan your Micro-Tasks
Starting your day with huge goals (push my way towards a six pack! Finish a huge project!) makes you bound to end up disappointed. Breaking bigger goals into doable micro-tasks is a great way to get things done effectively. Making a list of tomorrow’s tasks each night allows you to tackle your day head-on the next morning, while also allowing for better sleep due to a settled mind.
Manage your Energy
Instead of thinking about how you’ll manage your time, remember to manage your energy. If you’re most productive in the mornings, set out to accomplish your most important tasks then. Some do well waking up an hour earlier in the morning to focus on what’s most vital, whether that be organizing your day or settling in to some much-needed sunrise meditation. If this cuts into essential hours of sleep, however, prioritize those zzz’s.
You Are What You Eat
As cliché as it sounds, it’s very proven to be true. Starting the day off with a meal filled with vitamins and protein is guaranteed to get your heart pumping and your energy on an uphill climb. As the day goes on, nourishing yourself with nutrient-rich foods only helps sustain your productive vigor.
Develop a Routine
Some of the most successful people in the world have gotten where they are today from establishing routines. Jack LaLanne, fitness extraordinaire, woke up at 4am every day for 60 years to lift weights and do cardio. Every. Single. Day. This brought him to accomplish some of the most impressive fitness feats in the world, from setting a world record for push-ups at the age of 42 to swimming 1.5 miles towing a 1000-pound boat at the age of 70. He accomplished all this, of course, due to his commitment to routine. Whether it’s fitness-related, sitting down to a family dinner or simply getting through your emails every morning, sticking to routines is vital to productivity.
Find your Zen
Where and when are you most productive? Do you get the most done when you tune out, headphones on? Do you find your most creative energy at coffee shops? Find those special atmospheres that help you cross tasks off your list and make it a priority to get there.
Give Yourself a Break
If you’ve had a super productive morning following the above strategies, way to go! Don’t forget, however, to take a break when the going gets tough. Whether that takes the form of an afternoon stroll, sit-down lunch or quick read-over of the newspaper, it’s important to give your mind some time to recharge.
Set Reminder Triggers
If being forgetful is one of your strong traits, not to worry! Sometimes even putting to-do’s down on paper isn’t as helpful as it should be. Placing triggers, like your gym bag by the door or reminder notes in your wallet, can help jog your memory of the tasks you need to do most.
Depend on Water
Sometimes the key to reviving your energy is as simple as a cup of H2O. Our bodies are made up of 70% water, so oftentimes that sluggish feeling you’re getting is simple dehydration. Instead of reaching for caffeine, try a glass of water first. It may be just what you need to rejuvenate your system.
What are your favorite ways to be productive?
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