Being more productive at everything in life is something that is really important. Most people believe that they are productive when the truth is totally different. With this in mind, analyzing everything that we do and how much time we spend doing it is important. If you can get more done in a shorter period of time, you make more money. It is as simple as that.
In order to have an optimum brain functionality, you need to start by making sure that you have:
- A clear head
- Adequate rest
- A good breakfast
- A schedule for at least the following day set up
Most people end up sabotaging themselves by not actually taking care of their bodies and not organizing the work that is about to be done. With this in mind, make sure you start your day right and that you get as much rest as the body needs. That will help you a lot more than you first think since your brain will be better prepared for work.
How To Actually Increase Your Productivity
During the next week, try the tips that will be highlighted below. Be consistent and never cheat since you will be tempted to do the same thing the following day. Do this:
- Zero radio or TV at night
- Do not phone anyone when you wake up or read news
- Use a notepad to write down ideas as they come
Before you go to bed, drink a glass of hot milk, at around 9 PM. Make sure that you never go to bed later than ten PM and the alarm clock should be set at around 6 AM. Never push the snooze button and when you wake up, make sure that you spend 10 minutes breathing. You will want to start with 5 minutes and move up. Eat a light breakfast and then go out for 30 minutes. Just walk and if possible, do a small workout, around 20 minutes.
Write down your 3 most important tasks that have to be done during the day. Alternatively, write project names instead of tasks. Open your inbox and spend just 5 minutes looking for the important ones. Then, you can get to work.
Following these really simple suggestions will help you out a lot more than you may believe because of the fact that your mind will be better prepared for the work that is to be done.
Time Management Tips That Work:
- Assigning Time To Your Activities
Start with the 3 tasks that you wrote down before. See how much time you need to spend on those tasks and assign time to them. Create your schedule based on that time and make sure that you dedicate the amount of time written down to the associated activity.
The reason why we mentioned 3 is that it is hard to deal with more tasks during the day. Those 3 are your priorities but you may have other tasks that need to get done. Complete your list with other tasks that are not as important as those three and also assign time to them.
- Schedule Interruptions
When assigning time to daily activities, interruptions have to be taken into account. This basically means that if you think a task can be done in 1 hour, assign 75 minutes for it, just in case you get a phone call or something urgent appears. Your work schedule should be of around 8 hours per day, with a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10. Very rarely should you go over that as the brain gets tired, as mentioned above.
It might not seem like much but these 3 tips combined with the facts highlighted will help you increase your productivity. Just try them for 7 days and do not cheat. You will notice that you get more work done and as a final tip: when you finish your list, take 15-30 minutes to do something that you enjoy and that relaxes you. Then, see if you can get some more work done but do not force yourself if you are tired. The real secret to productivity is having a rested body and a clear mind.