10 Tweaks To Have a Productive Day Every Single Day
I do not want you to repeat my errors or go through a similar experience. In this article, I will share tips on how to build a habit of having productive days. If you feel you’re having tiring long days but no results, it’s time you gave your day a brand new outlook.
“I will knock off all the important tasks on my to-do list,” I told myself, rolling my sleeves up in the morning, in front of the dressing mirror. “I will ensure today is unlike other days,” I said, determined to start the week on a positive note.
After spending some time on such emails and replying to others, an hour had already passed. Besides, I had picked up a few more things to work on, which had come up after I entered the office.
By evening, all the plans I made in front of the mirror had gone down the drain. I had managed to work only on one or two important tasks that mattered to me. My entire day had passed, attending to tasks that were a priority to others.
Meditation can do wonders to put you in a calm frame of mind before you run off to work. When you establish a daily practice, you’ll find that you feel calmer, more focused, and more patient. If you need a little help to get started, you can look for a local meditation class, or download the Headspace app to your phone. Headspace is a subscription-based service that provides guided meditations customized to your needs.
After eight or more hours without eating, your brain and your body need fuel. It’s tempting to jump into work with just a cup of coffee in your belly but caffeine alone isn’t enough. When you’re preparing for your day the night before, try whipping up some overnight oats, or put some protein powder in a shaker bottle, ready and waiting — just add water.
Ideally, taking time to make a simple breakfast is best. I usually have choose from things like oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs, or avocado toast. It doesn’t have to be a big meal and it doesn’t have to take more than a few minutes to prepare.
Stay away from sugary pastries or convenience foods, because the sugar will just cause your blood sugar (and energy) to crash mid-morning. And if you can limit (or eliminate) caffeine, you will be naturally awake when you get up and won’t need it to get you going in the morning!
Batch your time.
Time batching is an efficient way to get a lot done in a short amount of time. Think of it as productivity on steroids. Block out a few hours, turn off distractions, and let your productive self take over. Use this time to brainstorm, do some planning and creative problem solving, write, etc. Spend focused, uninterrupted time on your creative work and you’ll be amazed at what you can get done.
This is perhaps the hardest thing to do, with mobile devices at our fingertips 24/7. Work demands will always be there, and if you always have your nose in your phone, you’re missing out on life. Give your friends and family your full attention. Look around you. Look up once in awhile. Real-life experiences and connections are better than any picture on Instagram.
8. Declutter your workspace to have a productive day.
You may find this time consuming, but the clutter on your desk represents the clutter inside your head. Thus, it’s necessary to clean your space once in a while to be more productive.
Throw away all the unnecessary items and arrange all of your paperwork. Yes, it will take you time to complete this task, but just think about how much time you will save not having to dig in a huge stack of papers to find what you need.
When your workspace is messy, you don’t feel inspired to take action or do the work. Having a clean, tidy workspace always motivates me to get to my work done and be more productive.
9. To have a productive day, set realistic mini goals and measure your progress.
Having a BIG goal is great, but it’s also important to be realistic. When you’re planning and setting your goals, make sure that you’re not challenging yourself to do something that’s totally out of your reach.
For instance, it’s not realistic to set a goal of saving $3,000 a month if you only earn 5000,500 per month. However, you CAN set a goal of completing a 30 Day No Spend Challenge in which you only spend money that is absolutely necessary for that month.
Besides being realistic in your goal-setting, it’s also important to break down your BIG goals into mini goals. Think of your mini goals as action steps to reach your larger goal. So, if your goal is to save $3,000 then your mini goals could include packing your lunch at home everyday for a month, ditching the drive-thru coffee each morning, or canceling some of your monthly subscriptions.
Completing a series of mini goals is easier, and meeting these smaller goals will give you a sense of accomplishment, which will inspire you to keep working towards the larger goal.
You should also measure your progress. Make a list of things that are working and also of the things that failed to work. This will give you a clear idea of what action steps are actually worth your time.