It’s a new year and everyone is making resolutions they don’t intend to keep. The whole thing about resolutions is really consistency and setting realistic goals. Instead of making resolutions, why not find new ways to be more productive? Let’s face it, being productive these days is a difficult task. There are so many distractions; one being held in the palm of your hand. This way, your new productivity skills will help you achieve those goals you set for 2018.
Here are 5 ways to be more productive:
1.Unplug. This can be one of the hardest things to do especially if your job depends on it. But unplugging from things like smart phones, tablets, social media, emails, television- anything tech, can be a big help. If you’re working on a project or deadline, it is nearly impossible to finish your work without being distracted. If you unplug, not only will you remain undisturbed but you may finish that project sooner and have more time for other things.
2.Create a Morning Routine. Most people hit the snooze button about five times before waking up. When they’re finally up and out of bed, they run all over the place picking out what to wear and making coffee. Sound familiar? This is not a great start to anyone’s day. By creating a morning routine, you’ll not only get things done in a timely manner but you may be able to actually sit and enjoy that cup of coffee instead of spilling it on your nice white shirt.
Morning routine example: Prepare your coffee/tea the night before (place a k-cup and clean mug at the keurig) so all you have to do in the morning is press a button. Pick your outfit the night before- from undergarments to shoes and socks. Pack your work bag the night before and set it by the door. If you work from home, keep that desk neat and ready to go. Don’t hit snooze, force yourself up. Wash your face, brush and get ready. Your morning will be a lot smoother, promise.
3. Exercise. Part of being unproductive is lack of energy. Exercise is proven to give people energy and even help you get to bed earlier once you develop the habit of daily exercise. Try simple stretches in the morning, take a walk after lunch or exercise for ten minutes daily.
4.Learn to Say No. Multitasking is a great skill but it can also be overwhelming. Stop saying yes to every favor, project, outing; etc. It will only overwhelm you and make you stress out. At first, your family or friends may be upset or not understand but after a while they’ll get over it. Put your own well being first for a healthier, more productive lifestyle.
5.Visualize. You know those vision boards? Make one. Have you heard of setting goals for the year? Grab a journal and make a list of goals- goals for the month, for the year. Write down your intentions. And those pretty planners- buy one and use it. Don’t miss a date or forget an event again. We may live in a fast paced techy world but nothing beats the old pen and paper. Write it down and GET IT DONE!