I was not a person born self-disciplined. It did take a lot of daily practice to make it happen. With that said, we had to train ourselves to get disciplined by practicing daily routines.
I like to be a productive person which means I could accomplish more each day. Work smarter, not harder is my slogan this year! Today, I have the following tips to share with you.
12 Ways to Boost Productivity that Make you Get More Done
1. View goals daily.
View your goals daily motivate you to work on them. Keep the goals in sight somewhere so you could see them all times. I created a Vision Board on my Midori Traveler’s Notebook and it is going with me every day. Big goals breakdown in small goals. Accomplish small goals motivate you moving on big ones.
2. Make a to-do list.
Spend 5 minutes to write down all the tasks you need to do the next day. Be realistic to yourself, don’t put over 10 tasks that you even don’t have time to finish.
Make the top 2 most important and urgent on top of the list. By prioritizing tasks, you will be able to focus your time and energy on the most important things first and work them out effectively.
3. Focus on only one thing at a time.
You need to have a clear mind to concentrate on your work. Focus on one thing, spend time on it and get it done effectively. Switching from task to task will get you distracted and reduce efficiency.
4. Time Blocking.
Reserving the segment of time to do a certain thing makes you focus on one task at a time. It’s just like setting a timer and deadline to complete the job. I love to put this way of planning on my Bullet Journal to track where my time goes.
5. Stay off electronic devices.
To stay away from the distraction, mute your cell phone. How can you keep a focus on work when your cell phone keeps beeping from the notification and then you get to check it out? Lots of them are not urgent. You may always get it back once you have done your work.
6. Set a time limit on social media.
Did you ever plan to quickly browse on social media and it ended up spending an hour over there? It’s not wise to spend that much of time looking on people’s gossips and finally, nothing of my work is done.
I know some people that just deactivate their FB account to avoid the distraction. Personally, I don’t do that. But I think setting a timer and let’s say for 10-15 minutes is totally fine for me.
7. Clean desk.
Having a clean desk increases your productivity. I love working in a clean and organized desk. A cluttered workspace like piles of paper, file and everything spread on my desk will make me stressed.
Only put the things you need on your desk and leave more space for yourself. A clean desk makes you room to work comfortably and boost productivity.
Exercise gets your heart pumping and sweating, increases blood flow to the brain, which sharpens focus. It makes you feel good and fresh, improves your mood, and is good for your health.
I walk briskly 30 minutes on weekdays with my daughter to school and I feel energized when I arrive home. So, take some time for yourself, even start to spend 5 minutes by doing 20 jumping jacks, 10 push-ups, 10 squats and stretching daily in the morning. It makes you feel energetic to start your day.
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9. Take breaks.
I know, when I’m working hard and focus on my work, I really dive into it and forget about breaks. However, working long hours during the day without break doesn’t mean working effectively.
This only lets you feel fatigue. Thus, while you are already working over an hour, taking a 5-minute break away from your desk can recharge your brain and get you back renewed energy.
10. Meditation helps you focus.
Practice meditation daily. If you not done it before, try to start doing it 10 minutes each day. It calms you down and gets your clarity in thoughts.
By sitting with your back straight, close your eyes, relax and focus on breathing in and breathing out. This will result in a clearer mind, better focus, block out distractions and more productive.
11. Consistent sleeping schedule and a quick nap.
Have a good night sleep always make us accomplish more in less time and stay focused during the day. Let your body know it’s time to sleep by creating a good habit of getting the bed at approximately the same time each night.
A quick nap like 20 minutes after lunch also helps you rejuvenated, full of energy and fresh your day too.
12. Prepare for the next morning.
Prep lunch and snacks for the next day make you no rush in the morning. I even set the coffee maker the night before and have it brew in the morning. Then, my coffee is ready to go.
Pick your outfit and write a to-do list the night before. Plan ahead for the next day makes you no wasting time and more relax in the morning.
Do you have more tips to boost productivity? Please comment down below and I’d love to hear.