A lot of people are constantly searching for new ways to become more productive. It seems that in this day and age there are simply too many distractions that we have to face on a regular basis. Because we’re constantly checking our social media profiles, surfing the web, checking email and texting our friends, it becomes easy to lose focus on what we should be doing.
There isn’t one simple trick that will make you more productive. Being productive is a way of life, and is something that you will spend years learning and perfecting. If what you’re currently doing isn’t working for you, then you should consider changing your approach. This may involve some soul searching, and I am always keen to recommend journalling. Grab a pen and notebook and start dumping everything out in writing that is taking up too much mind space.
Sometimes you aren’t even aware that you’re sabotaging yourself. Many of of us love to blame our circumstances, and of course there are some very good reasons why our time is filled up. But if we can manage to dedicate ourselves to a certain time every day (or every other day) to our creative projects, we stand a much better chance of truly reaching our goals. Let’s start with these tips:
Make the Promise to Yourself to Stop Making Excuses
If you’re constantly coming up with excuses not to do things, then it’s not hard to see why you aren’t reaching your goals. Most times, the excuses that you make up for not doing something aren’t even ‘real’. If you don’t find a way to clear away procrastination, then you won’t ever become truly productive.
Procrastination is not something that will simply diminish over time, it’s something that you should acknowledge as soon as possible. You may have to push the boundaries of your comfort zone in order to reach your goals.
Be More Productive By Clearing Away Time Suckers
The next step towards becoming more productive with your time is to identify your time suckers and find a way to eliminate them from your life. Time suckers are basically activities that you take part in when you want to distract yourself. It may be scrolling endlessly through the timeline on your social media accounts or it might be watching TV.
Eliminating them from your life will automatically help you improve your productivity levels. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should forget about watching TV ever again or that you need to delete your social media accounts. It simply means that you should take part in these activities only after you’ve accomplished all that you set out to do for each day. Think of them as a reward for all of your intent, focus and hard work!
Get Busy with Creating To Do Lists
I am personally terrible at making lists, but I know how important it is for me to make them. Lists can help you organize your life and your mind and therefore keep you productive. Think about how many times a day you are distracted trying to remember what you need to do next. This alone makes you lose focus from tasks at hand, creates disorganization in your mind and your life, and diminishes productivity.
We can get stressed out by simply spinning our wheels about all the stress we have ahead of us! (yep, that would be me.) Making lists gives a clear at-a-glance perspective and can calm the mind as boxes are checked off throughout the day.
Become the Master of Your Own Time Management
If you’re a person that performs well under pressure, then you should leave less time for the most important tasks. Although this may seem counterintuitive, it will actually help form a habit of completing anything in a very short time period. This skill will help you master the art of being productive.
Know that you’ll never be able to perform at your peak all day, the whole day long. You only get about two to four hours a day when your energy levels are maxed out. This is the time when you should be trying to finish everything that you have to do on that particular day. You’ll need to find the part of the day when you usually reach your peak and use it to your advantage.
Trying to work or study 16 hours a day won’t really make you more productive. By spending this much time focused on a specific activity, you’ll lose your motivation and drive. Instead, try to find the few hours of the day when you are most motivated to work and use them to improve your productivity. As time goes on, you will find that you have a pretty solid map of what times of the day are best for you to work.