Productivity is not something that happens on its own. You have to choose to take the necessary steps to be productive. Here are seven changes that will ensure a boost in your efficiency.
Wake up early.
This habit alone will boost your productivity. It’s definitely something that takes discipline, but can give you that extra time to get everything started while you’re in your peak mode of productivity. And while there are fewer stimuli to distract you. If you’re not sure where to start, try this 30 day 6AM challenge. It may seem like a drag at first, but once you get in the swing of things you’ll realize how much of a difference that extra thirty minutes to an hour actually gives you.
The moment you get into the office, make a list of everything that needs to be completed by the end of the day. Write it down and get it out of your mind as soon as you can. This is your way of ensuring that nothing is forgotten. Clear your head so that you can focus on one task at a time. And before you leave at the end of the day, make sure everything is crossed off. Don’t take anything home with you.
If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? Set goals(!), write them down, and put them somewhere you will see them every single day. Say them out loud, talk about them, reflect on your progress—do whatever it takes to make sure you’re on track. You’ll be more likely to achieve your goals if you’ve identified them, they’re written down, and you see them every day.
Clean the clutter.
Get rid of everything that you do not need. Only keep the essentials! Unnecessary junk will only cause stress. Stress will only make you less productive. So, clean the clutter. If you haven’t used an item within the past two weeks then you probably don’t need it at all. This goes for physical clutter on your desktop, virtual clutter on in your computer folders, and mental clutter in your mind.
Instead of coffee drink a glass of water in the morning. Drinking water improves the creation of new blood and muscle cells and helps you lose weight. Place a glass of water next to your bed every night so that you don’t forget. After drinking it, you will find that you’ll feel refreshed and ready for your day.
Feel free to get creative here. You don’t have to go out and buy a gym membership. Try working out at home, take a yoga class, go for a run/walk, ride your bike, or even rollerblade, but just be active. If you don’t have time to exercise in the day, then commuting to work via bike or rollerblades may be a great option too! It’s a good way to relieve stress and increase productivity levels. There are several alternative ways to commute to work.
Stop watching TV.
TV every once in a while is okay. But ultimately, all it does is encourage you to watch other people be successful, when instead you could be out doing something that will help your own success. Read a book, read an interesting blog, just do things that challenge you to grow. And do them every day. Use every single day as a chance to get closer to achieving those goals that you’ve written down.
Did we miss any other productivity tips? Let us know in the comments below if there are any other ways you stay productive.