When you have a big list of things to do, do you ever go to bed feeling like you squandered the entire day? Let’s take a look at Emeka, who begins the day off right with a hot cup of coffee and a to-do list in hand. But something went wrong somewhere along the way; he isn’t sure when it happened, but he does know that the day ended with an empty cup of coffee and his to-do list starring at him, unsatisfied with only a few items checked off. Does this ring a bell? This is just one example of how ineffectiveness appears.
Let us now turn our attention to Tunde, who went to bed with a smile on his face and a sigh of relief, content with the quantity of tasks he had completed during the day. Now that’s what productivity feels like.
Emeka and Tunde followed a similar routine at the start of the day, but the results were radically different. Let us now consider how we might become more like Tunde and less like Emeka.
Keep your objectives simple.
It doesn’t have to be difficult to be effective. Simple habits that you may include into your everyday routine will improve the way you operate by a factor of ten. Setting smart goals is one of these practices.
In this situation, goals serve as a benchmark against which you can measure your progress, allowing you to see how far you’ve come. As a result, you must make your goals obvious, concise, and exact when setting them at the start of each day.
So, how should such objectives be set? Write out everything you want to do by the time you go to bed just before you start the day, and keep in mind that it can be as lengthy as you want it to be. Once you’ve completed the list, circle the top three activities. These will be your top objectives, so make sure you complete them as soon as possible. If those chores seem overwhelming, you can always split them down into smaller chunks that will help you get closer to your main goal.
It also helps to know the time you are at your top performance, and then assign your priorities to those periods. Once you can accomplish your top three, I tell you that you will feel lot more productive than you used to be.
Start Being Productive Instead Of Busy.
We frequently conflate the terms “productive” and “busy.” Let me use an example to demonstrate this concept. Assuming you wanted to begin exercising. You take out your phone or laptop and begin searching for the best workout gear, sneakers, headphones, water bottles, and so on. Is that clear? It is, to some extent, but it is not as beneficial as getting up and going to the gym. Do you see where I’m going with this?
We gradually move our emphasis to items of minor importance when preparing for a task, and in the end, we find that we were unable to accomplish anything that took us closer to our objectives. So, instead of being busy, become productive.
Remove Distractions from Your Life.
We live in a world that is full of diversions. Something new appears every day, competing for our attention and progressively robbing us of our sense of productivity. Another notification, phone call, or email could be the culprit. The sensation of production has a snowball effect, which is fueled by consistency and momentum.
There is a strong desire to keep pushing forward once we have accomplished anything little. You can choose to continue, but most of the time we are distracted by anything such as a coworker approaching you, a random notion entering your mind, or your phone beeping. As a result, the momentum you gained from the initial work dissipates.
So, what are your options for dealing with this? Simply put, stay away from anything that you know will cause you to lose focus. Hide your phone in a drawer or simply avoid those who tend to attract your attention. It may appear difficult at first, but the end result will speak for itself.
Get Your Own Workspace.
The divide between work and home is smaller by the day as the world advances. Most of our work and schooling is now done online from the comfort of our own homes. Is this a positive step forward? Of course, I’m sure we can all agree that one of the biggest drawbacks is the decrease in productivity.
So, what are our options for resolving this? According to experts, having a separate work area at home is essential if you want to feel the most productive. It might be an entire room, the dining table, or just a little part of your bedroom with a clean desk-chair combination exposed to natural light. Because this is where you will do the most of your work, you will associate this location with a sense of productivity. This space should be as uncluttered as uncluttered as possible. A few plants here and there to add a sense of calm, but nothing that will distract you from your work. This means your brain will have less things to worry about.As a result, once you step into this location, your brain will automatically transition to’monk mode,’ increasing your productivity over time in the comfort of your own home.
Finally, take a break. This is one of the most important strategies to increase productivity, but it is sometimes overlooked. There is a time for everything in life, a time for expansion and a time for contraction, a time for abundance and a time for drought, a time for progress and a time for rest. Our lives are brought into harmony by this system.
If we continue to work with the mindset of pushing ourselves until we succeed, we will eventually burn out, and getting back into the flow will be difficult. Schedule 5-minute breaks at regular intervals the next time you have a long work session. It doesn’t matter if you take a break every 30, 45, or 60 minutes as long as you give yourself time to recover and get back into the game.
Finally, you must look after yourself; treat yourself to a holiday every now and again; you deserve it. This accomplishes the same goal as the daily breaks, but on a wider scale. Disconnect from the rest of the world and concentrate on yourself. This will motivate you to go out and exceed your competitors.
So that’s everything I’ve got for you today. If you found this article useful please share it with anybody who you think will benefit from it. And keep in mind that no one can make you feel a certain way. You have the power to choose how you feel, so make an effort to be the greatest version of yourself.