Our world works at a pace which requires a high level of productivity to actually be successful. This often results in most of us struggling to handle this relentless & fast pace all the time.
Over the years, dealing with businesses and other mentors, I’ve used a key set of principles to make each day productive and effective and I’d like to a share a few of them with you.
In this article, I’ll discuss a few productivity tips to improve your success, while ensuring that your life is one you’re proud of.
If there is one thing that I believe sets true productivity apart from everything else, it is the planning out of tasks, both long and short term.
Consider for a moment that many of your dreams will take quite some time to actually achieve. If, for instance, you’re hoping to lose a significant amount of weight, doing so could take months to actually achieve. Thus, having a clear vision and plan of attack is necessary.
While having lofty end goals is always necessary, I’m more focused on day-to-day plans and goals, since each individual day combines with others to eventually achieve what you’ve set out to achieve.
Each day, I create a list. This list includes everything that I need to do for the day, so that I can have clear direction and complete the tasks I need to do on that day. However, I take it a bit further than that.
When I build my daily task list, I actually create two. The first are the critical tasks, tasks that I definitely need to finish. After that, I build a “nice to have” list. This list contains tasks that I still need to do, but aren’t as important for today.
By creating this system, I have a clear plan to complete all of my necessary tasks and then any additional important things that I can live without today, but can accomplish if I have extra time.
Create a system of defining the tasks you need to get done, mixed with other necessities to ensure that, each day, you complete the work you need to actually progress.
Tackle Your Most Important Task First
Contrary to how most people work through their day, I actually suggest tackling your most important and difficult tasks first in the day, leaving less important ones for later.
Most people have been sold the mantra of “getting a win early.” While I definitely follow that logic, I actually believe that tackling the biggest and most difficult tasks is the key to having productive days.
Consider for a moment the feeling you get walking in the door after a long day’s work, knowing that it’s smooth sailing for the rest of the night. Now think about what it’s like working all day and knowing you have to come home and complete a bunch of other difficult tasks.
While logic dictates getting wins early in the day would make sense, it simply doesn’t overcome the fact that there might be other more difficult work that still needs to be completed.
Personally, I’ve found that if I tackle my most difficult tasks first, then the rest of the day just doesn’t seem as difficult, because it really isn’t.
Rather than spending most of your day with anxiety over your toughest tasks, I suggest getting them done early, which will make the rest of your day that much easier.
While this won’t always work for everyone, I suggest trying to get your workouts done earlier in the day, rather than later.
This suggestion fairly closely mirrors the last in that, by completing a workout early in the day, you’re completing one of your more difficult tasks earlier in the day, leaving the rest of the day to less important or, at least, easier tasks.
Not to mention, it can often be quite difficult to work up the courage to hit the gym after a long day of work. By getting the workout done earlier in the day, you avoid the chance of talking yourself out of going because you’re too tired.
I suggest whenever possible, working out earlier in the day to ensure that you’re not only getting valuable physical activity in on a daily basis, but you’re also doing it before you have the chance to talk yourself out of it.
Procrastination is easily one of the biggest culprits behind poor productivity, and that’s not really surprising. One thing that most don’t realize is that much of the time, we procrastinate for arbitrary reasons; reasons that are really worthless to say the least.
Over the years though, I’ve developed a method for avoiding procrastination. This works because, most times, the major issue is simply getting started. Once you start, it’s usually difficult to stop.
For example, we’ve all procrastinated folding the laundry. It’s boring and a worthless venture that needs to get done, regardless.
In this situation, even though the task at hand stinks, you have to realize two things. First, it’s inevitable so you might as well get it done, and second, if you have time to think about doing it, then you have the time to actually do it.
While this is an insanely simple suggestion, it’s one that many decide to ignore. All I can tell you is that when I finally decided to stop procrastinating in situations where tasks had to be done anyways, it freed up both time later on, as well as cleared my mind from thinking about this simple task I needed to do.
The next time you’re tempted to procrastinate, just do instead. After the 10 minutes it takes to actually do the task, you’ll thank yourself for getting it done and freeing your mind up for further growth.
Give & Encourage Others
While arguably the most important suggestion on this list, I suggest making every attempt you can to give back to others, while encouraging them in their own ventures.
Too often, most of us are so totally consumed with making it for ourselves, that we forget many people are doing the same thing. Further, simply letting another person know that you understand their struggle, or that you’ve noticed their effort, could literally be the deciding factor in whether or not they succeed.
At one point in my life, I was so focused on my own success that I forgot about those around me who made it possible through their support, love and encouragement. Even if you aren’t in the best place possible, I implore you to do the same.
Encourage others and provide support and you’ll receive it back tenfold. Plus, it will make both of you feel pretty good.
5 Tips To Increase Productivity & Live A Happier Life
In a world of high demand and endless persistence, maintaining a high level of productivity is essential for building the life you desire.
With the use of these 5 tips, you can begin to manipulate your days to be more productive, while also improving the quality of your daily life and experiences.