10 Tips to BECOME a more PRODUCTIVE person
Have you ever felt like you procrastinate and don't get enough done? I often look at successful people and wonder how they're able to be so productive with their time.
Maybe there are tips and tricks that they use? So I began looking into advice on how to stop procrastinating and get more done.
Here are 10 Tips to become the most productive person you know.
1. Make a to-do list
Spend 10-15 minutes each night making a short list of all the tasks that you want to complete during the following day. When we plan our day the night before, we wake up ready to hit the ground running, knowing exactly what has to be done.
2. Complete the important things first
High-priority tasks should be done first thing when our energy levels are at their peak. Most of us are significantly worse at absorbing new information, planning ahead and resisting distractions as the day progresses.
3. Set deadlines
Clear and well-defined deadlines can help boost our productivity enormously. One way of doing this is to tell a friend or family member that you'll have a task completed by a certain time or day. That way you become accountable and you'll begin getting things done on time.
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4. Set goals
Long-term goal setting ensures that you have a clear vision of where you're heading and gives purpose to the daily tasks you're completing. Without goals, you can become aimless and unproductive. These goals should be challanging but achievable.
I have goals for specific areas of my game that I want to improve. Although there isn't a time limit as such, it does mean I have a clear idea of what I need to do on a daily basis to achieve these goals.
5. Turn off your phone
Don't allow yourself to be distracted by texting and social media. It's too easy to open Instagram and still be scrolling 45 minutes later, believe me, I'm a pro! Try to complete your tasks before allowing yourself the opportunity to check your notifications and social media feeds.
6. Wake up earlier
It's no secret that a couple extra productive working hours in a day will allow you to get more done. So be the early bird that catches the worm. This doesn't mean sacrificing sleep, you may just need to adjust your bedtime so that you get enough sleep each night. I personally never get any work done after 8 in the evening, so an earlier bedtime is worth it.
7. Find a great workplace
An ideal workplace is somewhere that you're able to work without stress and distraction. For me, if I have a written assignment to do for my degree, I love going to a coffee shop to work. I love coffee and I know there are no distractions like at home where I constantly find myself checking the fridge every 10 minutes, watching tv or napping.
8. Reward yourself
Have small rewards for the completion of early or on time tasks. This may be a Costa coffee after a morning run, or a couple beers after a productive week. You'll work a lot faster if you know there's a benefit hanging on the line.
Spend 5-10 minutes in the morning imagining the productive day that you're going to have. Visualise reaching your goals and flood your mind with positive thoughts and motivational messages. This alone can skyrocket your productivity levels.
I know that this helps me enormously. I close my eyes for 5 minutes before matches and imagine myself executing my game and performing well. It's a great way to calm the mind and reduce anxiety.
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10. Get into a routine
"When I studied the lives of massively productive people like Stephen King, John Grisham and Thomas Edison, I discovered they follow strict daily routines (i.e. when they would get up, when they would start work, when they would exercise and when they would relax)" wrote Robin Sharma. Peek productivity is not about luck. It's about devotion.
*Bonus Tip: Keep things fun
When you can, make your daily tasks enjoyable. There's nothing more unmotivating than having to complete boring tasks. For example, instead of running alone on a treadmill, go run in the park with some friends.
Being productive isn't easy, but the rewards are more than worth it. When you're productive, not only will you improve and make greater headway towards your goals- you'll reduce your stress along the way.
I'll leave you with a Ted Talk that I recently watched and it's one that really resonated with me:
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