Do you struggle to maintain productivity through ought the day?
If you notice that you’re trying to keep your eyes open and your mind clear but it’s only 1 PM, this one’s for you.
Remember – the sooner you get things done, the sooner you can relax. Here’s how to improve your productivity, gain motivation, and boost positive energy.
1. Get better sleep
It goes without saying that poor sleep has many adverse effects. While it’s improving your sleeping quality can be challenging, there are some things you can do to get better sleep:
- Conduct digital detox
- Start exercising daily
- Take melatonin
- Go to therapy
A digital detox will improve your overall physical and mental health, which will lead to better sleeping patterns.
Daily exercise will boost your mood and settle all those good hormones that will regulate how you feel.
Melatonin is a sleep aid supplement that you can use to fall asleep faster and remain asleep for as long as it’s dark.
A therapist will help you organize your thoughts and manage anxiety that might stop you from actually getting things done.
Remember that you need to remain consistent in your efforts. Include these changes in your life, and you’ll notice you’re sleeping better. And with better sleep, you’ll be able to get things done faster and more efficiently.
2. Use time management tools
Time management tools can help you keep your productivity and receive the necessary rest. What’s more, you can have them installed on your computer and on your phone, so you’ll always have access to time management features.
Remember – time management tools aren’t only used for work. You can use them to measure how long it takes you to get things done so that you can improve your organization.
These time management tools can also help you with:
- Reminders and schedules
- Timeline and planning
- Prioritizing projects, etc
Once you have your projects, plans, and ideas in line, chances are you’ll get things done way better than usual and you’ll have the rest of the day for yourself.
Some of the best time management tools are:
One of the best techniques you can use to get more things done is Pomodoro.
3. Use the Get Things Done by David Allen
David Allen is considered the leading authority in the fields of organizational and personal productivity. The David Allen Company, run by David and his wife Kathryn, oversees the certification academy and quality standards for Global Partners offering Getting Things Done courses and coaching around the world.Source
David’s GTD is a personal productivity technique that helps you find out a new way to approach work and life. It’s divided into five steps and those who used it claim it has changed how they think. Check out the video to learn more about Get Things Done flowchart and what this method can do for you.
4. Start saying no
If you’re overwhelmed with things you need to get done, you’ll have to start refusing any additional work. Think of it like this – if you can’t devote 100% of yourself to the task, it’s best you refuse.
It’s essential to learn to say no at work as well as at home. Those are the two most prominent roles in your life, and if you feel like you’re losing control, chances are you already lost it.
By saying no, you’ll free up your schedule and relax, which will open up space for you to get more things done.
However, keep in mind that saying no is not that easy. First, you must get used to saying it, second, many people won’t take No as a complete sentence.
5. Finish the hardest task first
As Mark Twain wisely said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
Use the most of your energy for finishing the hardest task first. Chances are, you’ll have better focus and the ability to commit if you “eat the frog” before you have lunch.
Once you know you’ve done the hardest part, you’ll be able to get other things done even faster and with more energy since you’ll be motivated to keep the good work.
Even better – you can now reward yourself with something nice since you’ve finished the biggest task.
Sometimes it’s hard to just get things done. We know, we’ve been there. But, we listened to our advice and took the time to make the necessary changes. If you do just one of these five things, and stick to it, you’ll start noticing that you’re more than capable to get things done in time and minimize procrastination.