Productivity is key if you want to get the most out of your day but also have the chance to comfortably relax and enjoy your free time. Correcting bad habits, and implementing new ones, can help you to improve your productivity in the long run, ultimately reducing your stress levels whilst you learn to better manage your time and channel your energy most effectively.
Here are some simple suggestions to help you change your habits and increase your productivity:
Plan your day the night before:
Just before going to bed write down a simple list of task and jobs you need to do the following day. Next, number each activity in the order that you want to complete them in. Here’s an easy example:
|List of activities||
|Read for 1 hour||
|Go to Work||
So using the example above, the first thing you’d do in the morning is exercise because that is activity 1. In other words, it’s your first priority of the day and the first thing you need to do as soon as you get out of bed. Once you’ve completed your workout you can move onto the next important activity, which is head to work (and you would obviously prep your bag and shower before leaving the house!). Having completed all that you need to do at your job, you can now go to do the food shop, which is activity 3. And once that is done you can prepare dinner and so on.
The advantage of planning your day the night before is that your time is more organised and you know exactly what you should be doing throughout the day.
I know that sometimes if you’re unclear about your objectives, you can easily spend a lot of time not really doing anything at all, or “faffing around” as we Brits like to call it. And before you know it, 3 hours have passed and all you’ve managed to do is stalk your best-friend’s brother’s ex-girlfiend’s distant relative on Facebook. Sound familiar?
Organising your day in advance means you can commence your morning with purpose and determination because you’ve already established a clear agenda and a clear plan – nothing can stop you now!
Go to bed earlier
A lack of sleep reduces productivity levels because it makes you slow, inattentive and unfocused. And if you are running on less sleep, it could take you twice as long to do one simple thing than it would do otherwise. And what this really means is that you would probably have to work for longer in order to get the same amount of work done… Um, no, thank you!
The main benefit of going to bed earlier is that you can wake up feeling refreshed and excited for the day ahead, knowing that you are well-rested and have the energy and stamina to get things done.
Using positive affirmations is a fantastic way to boost your motivation and monitor both your behaviour and mindset. A positive affirmation is essentially a statement that describes yourself as you would like to be. For example, if you want to get fitter and build strength you would say something like “I am strong and healthy, and I lead an active lifestyle”. In short, your affirmation is supposed to be in line with the vision you have of yourself.
So to become more productive you would say something like “I manage my time well and I am always productive.’ Repeating this affirmation throughout the day, either in your head, aloud or under your breath, serves as a constant reminder of the person that you want to be, and it can prevent you from becoming disorganised and unproductive, and from doing things that deter you away from this vision.
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