“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
-Leonardo Da Vinci
There are days when we don’t do anything and days when we get a lot of things done than are required. How we wish we could perform like the latter one every day.
Worry not. We’ve got you covered. Here, are some habits that help improve productivity and keep you consistently productive.
- Do the most important thing first thing in the morning. Getting the most important task of the day accomplished right in the morning, not only lifts a weight off your shoulders. But also, makes you feel good about yourself. You can concentrate on other things during the day without any stress.
- Make a limited to-do list. A long to-do list can make you feel over-whelming and stressed. Keep less but the most important things on your plate and focus on completing them with utmost concentration. Result would be increased efficiency.
- Single task everything. Be it work or break, do one thing at a time, always. Multitasking depletes energy at a faster rate and reduces productivity because of undue stress.
- Start small. Take a small step and get going. Break you work into small and feasible steps and do them one-by-one. Reduces stress, gives a sense of accomplishment and increases productivity.
- Eliminate the unnecessary. Eliminate tasks that if done away with, don’t have any consequences on you. This way you can free up time, energy and attention for more important tasks.
- Stay firewalled. Block all your time wasting websites including the social media sites. This reduces your chances of getting distracted and ensures greater focus and productivity.
- Balance work with breaks. Working at long stretches eats up energy at a faster rate and by the end of first half of the day, we are all exhausted. Work for 50 minutes with full focus and relax completely for 10 minutes.
- Appreciate your achievements. However big or small the accomplishment it, appreciate and celebrate it. This will motivate you to get going tomorrow too. And it will make you feel good about yourself and that feeling will spread to the people in your life too.
- Do what you really want to do. When we are doing what we find fun, exciting, interesting or fulfilling then the motivation tends to come naturally and in big doses. So, make more time things that you really enjoy. Keep them as rewards after completing tasks. That way it would be motivating for you to finish everything so that you get to do what you really enjoy doing.
- Check emails and social media at the end of the day. These are unnecessary and suck energy out of us. Moreover, they add to our stress. So make them wait till the end of the day so that the energy doesn’t get sucked up by the online activities.
- Focus on how-to and not on what-if. Focus on what you can do, on what action you can take to move forward rather than thinking about the result. Put the efforts right and all else will follow.
These things might sound clichéd because I mention them a lot. But trust me, they really do make a difference. Try them for yourself and you won’t regret. They are worth it.