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Are you having trouble being productive everyday and now wondering how to boost your productivity?
Knowing how to be productive with your time is the #1 most crucial factor in becoming a high achieving individual.
Productive people are creative, high achievers, and get more tasks accomplished in less time.
Sometimes we find ourselves busy with work, relationships, family, and can even get distracted by social media, making it difficult for any of us to stay focused on what’s important.
But here’s the thing: the most productive people weren’t born this way – they made themselves productive, and YOU CAN TOO.
They stopped making excuses, eliminated any distractions, and found effective systems that made them highly productive individuals.
Time is of the essence, and knowing how to properly utilize your time is critical to your success.
So unless you can bend or stop time with a snap of your fingers, keep reading.
In this blog post, I am going to show you some effective strategies to boost your productivity and start maximizing your time efficiently.
Let’s dive right in!
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1) Establish a Morning Routine
If you do not have a morning routine established, then you are definitely not being as productive as you can be.
The most productive people follow a morning routine that sets them up for success.
Start by creating a morning routine that you can easily follow and instantly boost your productivity.
Here is an example for reference:
Often, if something negative happens in the morning it tends to affect you throughout the day (e.g. a ticket, spilled coffee, or you are late).
Having a morning routine really sets the tone for the day and how productive you will be.
2) Eat That Frog
Eat that frog?
Yes. All highly productive individuals start off by eating frogs in the morning.
Okay, not literally.
I am referring to a book by Brian Tracy called “Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time”.
Here´s what Brian means by ´eat that frog´:
¨Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long. Your ´frog´ is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don´t do something about it.¨
¨The key to reaching high levels of performance and productivity is for you to develop the lifelong habit of tackling your major task first thing each morning. You must develop the routine of ´Eating your frog´ before you do anything else, and without taking too much time to think about it.¨
When I first learned about this, it truly changed my productivity levels, and I started tackling my most important tasks first thing in the morning.
Research has even shown that we have higher levels of energy in the morning – so tackling our most difficult tasks in the morning will help us stop procrastinating.
I’m sure you’ve waited until the very last minute to complete an important task or class assignment – am I right?
I can’t hate, I used to do it ALL the time.
Moral of the story: tackle the most challenging tasks you have in the morning, while you have the most energy and avoid procrastinating.
3) Make a Life Schedule
If you are taking on life one day at a time and have not created a life schedule yet, this could be the main reason you feel unproductive everyday.
When you schedule your day down to the hour and write down exactly what you are going to do, it helps reduce stress and stay focused.
People with clear, written goals accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine. ̈
– Brian Tracy
You will have a stronger sense of control instead of feeling like external factors in life control you.
Be very specific on how you want to schedule your day.
Here is a detailed example for reference:
5:00am: Wake up, brush teeth, get dressed
5:15am: drink water, eat a fruit or granola bar
5:30am: Go to the gym
6:30am: Go home and shower
7:00am – 7:30am: Eat breakfast
7:30am – 8:00am: Drive to work
8:00am – 12:00pm: Work
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Eat Lunch
1:00pm – 5:00pm: Work
5:00am – 5:30pm: Drive home from work
5:30am – 6:30pm: Cook and eat dinner
6:30pm – 9:45pm: Work towards your passion/goals
9:45pm – 10:00pm: Get ready for bed
10:00pm – 5:00am: Get a good night’s sleep
The more detailed your schedule, the higher your productivity levels will be.
And trust me, after awhile, you’ll get into the habit of each task and won’t rely on a schedule anymore.
4) Identify Your Obstacles
Something important you must ask yourself is: why do I feel unproductive, and what can I do to change this feeling?
Are the people you’re associating with causing you to adopt their unproductive behaviors?
Are you spending too much time replying to emails? Watching too much TV? Are you not exercising enough?
As you ask yourself these questions, identify or write down exactly what is making you unproductive and find ways to change those unproductive behaviors.
Eliminate obstacles that are holding you back and stay focused. At the end of the day, the only thing keeping you from being productive and becoming successful is yourself. So do your future-self a favor.
5) STOP Multitasking
The moment you stop multitasking and start delegating tasks, you will instantly become a more productive individual.
Read that one more time. No, really.
When I first started Smart-Noodle, I let my ego get the best of me and believed that I could do everything on my own.
I wanted to run a successful blog without anyone’s help, but I very soon realized this type of thinking was actually hurting my productivity and success.
I was trying to do research, write blogs, promote my content, learn about affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, guest blogging, design and maintain my website, design pins, write an ebook, engage in email marketing, manage my social platforms (Instagram, Facebook community group, Pinterest), the list goes on and on…
Recently, Mayra and I have been looking to hire virtual assistants to delegate some of these tasks.
Honestly, making this decision was such a relief.
Time really flies. Knowing how to properly use your time is essential to become a productive individual.
Even Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffet didn’t do everything on their own in becoming billionaires.
When you delegate tasks to people who do the job much better than yourself, you will automatically reduce your workload and be able to focus on what’s most important to you.
So just remember: multitasking reduces productivity while delegating tasks improves productivity.
6) Hit the Gym in the Morning
Exercising and productivity go hand and hand like Kanye to Kim Kardashian.
For years, science has shown that having a healthy lifestyle produces endorphins and cortisol to make you feel more awake in the mornings.
Start scheduling gym time in your daily routine.
Now I’m not saying you have to lift heavy weights for gains, but start by simply walking on the treadmill or even doing some push-ups.
Don’t have a gym membership? No worries.
Here are some exercises you can try at home in the mornings (do each for as long – or as little – as you like):
- High knees
- Jumping jacks
- Dance to music
Any type of exercise in the morning will make you feel more awake and energized to tackle the day.
7) Set Deadlines with Urgency
One of the best strategies to help boost your productivity is to set deadlines with a sense of urgency to complete tasks.
It’s like establishing a do-or-die mentality. Seriously.
Let me explain.
Have you ever waited until the night before an assignment is due to start working on it?
Then the next day, you’re tired as hell because you stayed up all night working on it and then you get mad at yourself momentarily and promise to never put yourself through that stressful situation again…
Yeah, you know EXACTLY what I mean!
Having that same sense of urgency that you felt when you needed to complete your assignment is the exact feeling you need to establish when creating your own deadlines to complete tasks.
But don’t play yourself. Avoid setting deadlines 2-3 weeks before something is due or you are going to continuously find other activities and put off working on that task.
Point is: develop a sense of urgency to complete a task like your whole life (or business) depends on it.
8) Say No to Unproductive Activities
Do you have the ¨NO¨ muscle within you?
Not many people do, but that’s okay – you can develop that muscle after a couple times of saying it.
Truth is, the reason many people tend to be unproductive is due to not being able to say No.
You have to be strong and learn to say no when people call you to hangout or go out and party.
Trust me, I get it.
Being in my early 20s and in college, it was pretty tough saying no to friends and co-workers whenever they invited me to hang out.
But it was worth it, and I honestly don’t regret it.
This doesn’t mean you have to say no to everything. Just be sure to accomplish everything you need to do first and then make time to go out and socialize.
We aren’t robots.
9) Eat Healthy Meals
You might be thinking: well, duh!
Eating healthy foods will boost your energy and productivity.
However, many people actually fail to do this. As the old saying goes: “common sense is not common practice.”
Sometimes even the most obvious things aren’t done.
Example 1: You are told that doing your homework and attending class is key to passing the class – but you still don’t show up.
Example 2: Drinking alcohol can sometimes spell disasters, and it negatively affects your body – but you still drink alcohol.
Start eating healthy meals and snacks to fuel your brain and give your body the necessary nutrients it needs.
If you have work or class all day, here are some healthy snacks you can pack and eat throughout the day:
- Mixed berries
- Make a smoothie
You can honestly find some, if not all, of these snacks at Dollar Tree or the 99 Cents Only store.
Start fueling your brain!
10) Take Frequent Breaks
Let’s face it – not taking any breaks at work to show you’re a hard worker is a recipe for disaster.
If you continue doing this, you will experience what is called burnout. Ask the OG’s at work and they’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
Taking frequent 5-10 minute breaks not only refreshes your mind but also increases your productivity dramatically.
Working too hard without any breaks will lessen your overall productivity, your performance, and will actually cause stress.
Many research studies recommend taking breaks to allow your brain to reset and be ready for another round of tackling tasks.
Here are some ways to take effective breaks:
- Go outside for a 10 minute walk and get some fresh air
- Sit somewhere peaceful, close your eyes, and relax your mind
- Fuel your body with healthy snacks
- Drink water
- Do not look at your phone the entire break – this does not allow your brain to fully rest. Instead, it takes in more information.
Overall, taking frequent breaks allows the mind to distract itself and recharges your focus and boosts your productivity when you come back to work.
11) Write a To-Do List
It sounds scary, but whether you like it or not, you only have a limited amount of hours in the day (24 to be exact, and about half of that is spent eating and sleeping).
Writing down everything you need to do is actually essential in boosting your productivity.
But don’t LITERALLY write down everything or you are going to overwhelm yourself.
Start by writing down the #1 most important or urgent task you need to tackle.
Try to have at least 8 things to accomplish for each day to get the ball rolling, listing the most important ones first.
Let’s reiterate everything we just learned so you don’t forget.
- Establish a Morning Routine
- Eat that Frog
- Make a Life Schedule
- Identify Your Obstacles
- STOP Multitasking
- Hit the Gym in the Morning
- Set Deadlines with Urgency
- Say NO to Unproductive Activities
- Eat Healthy Meals
- Take Frequent Breaks
- Write a To-Do List
Becoming a productive individual means that you will feel much happier and fulfilled, have a greater sense of control, and become a high-achiever.
It teaches you to take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Your biggest fear should be feeling unproductive everyday and not knowing how to change that feeling.
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post, and remember to share this with anyone you know who is having a hard time being productive.
What are some strategies that you are going to start working on to improve your daily productivity?
Do you have any recommendations to increase productivity?
See you in the comments section below.
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