Whether we want to believe it or not, most of us strive to be more productive. In our personal, and our professional lives. In this article, I want to share a few of my favorite tips for being more productive on a day by day basis.
Being productive is not about how many things you complete. Rather, it’s about the quality of what you do, the intent behind your actions, and whether or not it has an impact on your life goals.
So, if a goal of yours is to lose 20 pounds and you ate according to your diet, you were productive.
If your goal was to start a blog (like I’m doing) and you’re taking the time to write an article, you are being productive. Keep this in mind as you read through this article.
Make an “Action List” daily.
You may have heard that keeping a to-do list is helpful. That’s because it is! But did you know that the most productive people in this world limit their lists to around 5 items or less? This is because productive people know that adding too much to your plate can equal fatigue, and you’re less likely to actually do what you have to do.
Try to trim your list down to only the most critical items that will help you get closer to your goals. Make sure the items are actionable. This allows you to have control over what you do.
For instance; if your goal is to learn to play the guitar, then your action item for the day might be to practice playing for 15 minutes.
I use an old fashioned pen and notebook for my daily action lists. But you can use a digital list if it fits better for your lifestyle.
Make use of your calendar
We all have calendars on our phones. Put them to use by scheduling time to do important items. Or block off time to spend with family and friends. Your calendar is there to help guide your day and give you a realistic idea of what you can accomplish.
Personally, I set up recurring events in my calendar to help me stay on track with routines, allotted work time, dedicated family time, and even weekly reminders like taking out my trash.
Focus on the present
The most productive people focus on the task at hand. Multi-tasking is not a realistic concept in the eye of the productive dude. Diverting your attention from one thing to the next doesn’t allow your brain to work at its fullest. If you’re spending 10% of your time on 10 different things while I’m spending 100% of my time on one thing at a time, who do you think is going to produce a better result?
It’s no easy task, but when you master the ability to stay in the present, your productivity increases dramatically. I’ve had to personally work hard to stay in the moment with family, friends, and work. It’s one of the hardest things there is to do, but you’ll find that you’ll be less stressed, and get more done when you’re focused on smelling the roses. Meditation helps a lot with this area. I highly recommend a daily practice if you dont already do so.