Something I find myself quite often concerned with is whether or not I’m being productive enough, am I working to my full potential? Is there more I can do with my day? I have battled with this for a while and I have found these 3 short and simple things to be extremely helpful and have made my days much more productive.
Have a Daily Plan
One of the most important things you can do before you start your day (or even the night before if you want to be super productive) is to plan. Making a simple plan of your day can prove to be incredibly helpful as it will help you stay focused on the tasks at hand. It will serve as a constant reminder you goals for the day and help you stay focused on your larger long-term goals because you will know that every task you can tick off is another step closer. It also feels really good being able to tick tasks off your plan and knowing that you’re that little bit closer to living the life you want to live. Your daily plan should include any tasks that you have on for the day, that could include work items, tasks for a business you may be starting or even personal tasks such as buying bread and milk. Along side each item write down roughly how long you think the task will take to complete and try to remember to account for things like travel and traffic. All these items should be put into a list and try to plan them out in a logical order so that you know where you need to be and roughly at what time you need to be there. Making a plan will make you more productive and can save you a lot valuable time.
Work in Blocks
Once you have your plan set out and you know what tasks you have to complete try and tackle them in blocks. Try and work at 110% for 90 minutes focusing on completing one of those tasks. If you struggle to focus for a full 90 minutes, start at 30 minutes and build up to it. Between each block of time take 5 – 10 minutes to do something completely unrelated and let your brain reset and refocus. Personally, I take 5 minutes to walk around and get my legs moving and blood flowing, then 5 minutes to take a quick look over what I have achieved in the last 90-minute block. I find this allows my brain rest and reset and then refocus on the task at hand.
Time Spent “Off The Grid”
During your block of time in which you’re functioning at 110%, try to cut out all unnecessary distractions. One of the most well known distractions is the trusty old mobile phone. Unless your waiting for an important call, I’d suggest putting your phone on aeroplane mode so that you cannot be distracted by various social media notifications, texts or unimportant phone calls. If you can try turning your phone off and leaving it in a different room, in a drawer or a cupboard. I guarantee you will be significantly more productive. It will feel really strange at first but your work will be much more effective.
Have a go at implementing these 3 simple tips into your day or even start by adding one. If you do, I’m sure you’ll be able to do much more with your day, achieve what you want to achieve much faster and be a lot happier! As always, I hope this has helped you and if you know of someone you think it could help, share it with them.