Over the last few months, I’ve put in a lot of effort in trying to be more productive. Juggling between a full time job and blogging (and now YouTubing) hasn’t been a walk in the park, and in today’s post, I thought I’d share the top 9 things I’ve done that have made me more productive than ever.
1. Make lists of what you want to get done
And I don’t mean mental lists. Writing down the things you need to get done makes those tasks seem official, and in my experience, gives you the extra push you need to get those things done. Having written to-do lists also makes sure nothing slips through the cracks and nothing matches the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment you get when you manually check things off your to-do list.
2. Be active
Fitness is the best productivity tool and the endorphins released during a workout give you the positive boost you need to get things done. This does not mean you need to spend two hours at the gym everyday. Even a half hour stroll or a dance session in your room will do the job. Not only will you look great, but you will also feel awesome.
3. Get rid of distractions
Distractions are the number one obstacle you will face on your path to productivity. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish in little time when you’re not constantly distracted by your phone or Instagram or whatever it is that distracts you.
4. Drink up
Instead of relying on coffee to help you get through the day, drink some water. Dehydration can usually make you feel tired and sluggish so be sure to get those 8 glasses of water a day.
5. Make use of your commute time
I’m sure most people take a minimum of 15 minutes to get to work each day (and if you don’t, then you’re very lucky). I usually take 20–30 minutes to reach work. That sums up to about 260 hours of my weekdays in a year! So try to make good use of this time – read a book or listen to audiobooks if you’re driving.
6. Take a 5-minute break every hour
Pausing and taking breaks will help you rejuvenate and get back to work feeling fresh. You could use this time to stretch, go for a walk or watch a motivational video to pump you up.
7. Apply the 80/20 rule
The 80/20 rule or The Pareto Principle can be applied to everyday life to help you be more productive. The principle applied in daily life basically implies that 80% of your results come from 20% of your actions. So once you identify the tasks that constitute the 20% of your actions, you can focus on getting those things done first.
A cluttered mind cannot get any work done and meditating helps you clear your mind and focus on what’s important. You don’t have to spend too much time doing this; even a ten-minute session of you focusing on your breath can do you wonders.
You could diligently follow all the things I’ve mentioned above but none of that will work unless you really want to be productive. So make the decision to be productive, say it out loud to yourself and then commit to that decision. The list of things you can accomplish is limitless but it all starts with you.
Those are my top 9 ways to be more productive. If you have any tips that I haven’t already mentioned, comment and let me know, as I’d love to learn more ways of being productive.