HOW TO INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY WITH 10 DAILY STEPS
How to Increase Your Productivity – My 10 Step Guide!
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Everybody wants to be more productive. It saves time, energy, and gives you a sense of accomplishment. I love making lists, checking things off, and seeing progress – it’s how I stay sane at the end of the day!
Here are my personal steps I try to do every single day. Am I perfect? Nope! Do I mess up on occasion? You betcha! But if you follow these steps you may learn how to increase your productivity on a daily basis.
10 STEPS TO TAKE DAILY
1. Plan Your Day
Make a list of everything you want to accomplish in a day. Group them into *Important Must-Do tasks and *Want to, but could wait if need be.
Write it down! Don’t just make a mental list because if you’re anything like me, you’ll forget until the last minute.
Spend at least 10 minutes each night thinking about how you will accomplish the next day’s tasks. And think positively about how you CAN do it. Be proactive and stop thinking about how things are going to go wrong. And when you wake up in the morning, start checking things off your list!
2. Make Your Bed!
By accomplishing a simplistic, mundane task first thing in the morning you will set yourself for success – because you’ve already accomplished something. It’s a snowball effect. You will feel proud of yourself and you will want to continue to be productive.
Listen to what this navy seal admiral has to say.
If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. And if, by chance, you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made. That you made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better!
Jeremiah 12:5 says
If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses?
This simply means, if you can’t do the little things, how are you going to expect to accomplish the big ones?
3. Keep a Calendar!
I use my Google calendar for everything! It connects straight to my phone and I always have it on me. But even carrying a PDA or other personal organizer with you will help you schedule important things easily!
I write down birthdays, special events, family dinners, doctor’s appointments – everything goes on my calendar. That way I can plan ahead if I know something will interrupt my normal schedule for that day.
4. Block out Time in Your Calendar for Important tasks
If there is something that I really want to accomplish – either daily responsibilities, or deadlines for special projects – I block out a specific time on my calendar for those tasks. I plan to be BUSY during that time. It doesn’t matter if a friend wants to go to lunch – I can’t make it during my blocked-out time.
5. Respond to Important Emails right away
On average, you will spend more time coming back to an email later than you will responding in the moment.
6. Lump Your Calls
Set aside a specific time of day where you can make all the phone calls you need to make in one setting. That will force you to keep your conversations short, sweet, and to the point because you know you need to move on to the next person.
Get at least 20 minutes of physical exercise every day. Even if you just go for a walk around the block, being active will help release tension and can help get your creative juices flowing! You can come back to tasks with fresh eyes and a new outlook on how to problem solve!
8. Wash Your Dishes Every Night
Waking up to a clean kitchen first thing in the morning will make your morning smoother and you will feel more accomplished when you fall asleep that night.
A clean kitchen always puts a smile on my face and smiling first thing in the morning is a BIG deal for me (because I’m not a morning person!
9. Learn to Compromise
You might not complete everything every day. And that’s okay too! Life is a balancing act and once you learn to separate the truly important from the things you can let go – you can focus your energy on what really matters.
10. Invest in yourself
Find time every day for yourself. Do something that makes you happy – play a game, read a book, take a nap – get some personal YOU time.
Remember, life is a journey and finding what works for you will take time. And remember, things change in every season of life, so what worked for you a year ago might not work for you today. Heck, what worked for you yesterday may not work for you tomorrow!
Learn to love, learn to give back, and take time to smile every day. You will become a more productive and happier you!
What are your favorite productivity hacks? What tasks do you NEED to do every day to feel like you accomplished something? Are there thing you can learn to let go? Let me know in the comments below.
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