Helpful Tips To Lead A More Productive Lifeby Tim McCouch
Living a productive life is not limited to going to work every day. Productivity comes in many forms, whether it’s cleaning the house, paying the bills, or crossing things off your long to-do list. Many of us go through phases where we feel like we are unstoppable, and other days we can't muster up the energy to get anything done. Accountability and motivation play big roles in your productivity, so it’s crucial that you pay attention to what gets you going and what holds you back from achieving your goals.
Continue reading for some helpful tips to lead a more productive life:
Create A Morning Routine
The best way to maximize your productivity is to create a routine that gets you into the swing of things. Your mornings help set you up for the rest of your day. Isn’t it nice when we have the power to control our schedule, rather than our schedule controlling us? We suggest starting your day with more than enough time to get ready, so you can clear your mind, create tangible goals, and allow room for unexpected tasks to arise. Studies show that following a morning routine directly influences your confidence, productivity, and resilience.
Get out of the habit of hitting that snooze button, and instead hold yourself accountable to waking up at a reasonable time. Give yourself 30 to 90 minutes to follow this morning routine, and then head out of the house to get your tasks done. Your morning routine can consist of self-care activities such as yoga or exercise, a healthy breakfast, a refreshing shower, or anything that makes you feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle the day.
Set Daily & Weekly Goals
If you do not set daily or weekly goals, you can struggle to live in the present moment. Thinking off all the things you need to accomplish can be debilitating, especially if you do not have any strategy to get them done. To conquer productivity, consider setting SMART goals. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Use this criteria to help guide you to complete focus-driven goals in a quick manner. You will also feel a sense of accomplishment and pride when you get things done!
Define Your Priorities
While some people out there are all work and no play, it’s important to define your priorities so you can have balance in your life. Workaholics tend to struggle with personal relationships, health issues, lack of hobbies, self-care, and more. When you do not have a strong balance of work and home life, you can feel worn down and disconnected from reality. In order to define your priorities, you should set aside time to think about your day-to-day activities, feelings, and responsibilities. Create a list of things you consider a priority, and then number them in order of importance. This will help you decide what matters most on a daily basis, ultimately maximizing your productivity and success.