Recently I celebrated my 28th birthday (YAY!). Every year, I take time to reflect, set new goals, and come up with ways to be better. Reflecting on 27, I realized that I had more than a few lazy moments and I always felt like I was a thousand steps behind; not being as productive as I should. So this year I plan to re-implement habits that I’ve let fall by the waist side and try new ones. Here are the things that I am going to try to be more productive:
Work your goals backwards.
This is something that I have been trying for the last couple of months. I start with a clear picture of my end vision (try drawing it out or using a vision board), then I create a timeline, and finally I create my SMART tasks for each of those milestones to reach the end goal. Break it down!
No one is meant to multi-task.
Multi-tasking is not good or productive no matter how many times you’ve seen it on a job description as a desired skill or regurgitated it in an interview to win over the interviewer. It’s more impressive and productive to be excellent at time management instead. Set up a time-table or schedule for the day. Know and stick to task start times, end times, and break times. Sticking to the schedule and consistency is what makes this works.
Put the phone down, turn the TV off, and ignore the emails. Eliminate those distractions!
I can admit that I am super guilty of not committing to this habit. This is such a hard one to do. However, if you want to be more productive, you need to quiet the background noise so that you can focus. Schedule your emails or plan set times to within tasks to take breaks to check on your distractions. For example, work distraction free for 30 – 45 minutes, then take a 10 minute break to check your distractions.
YOU’RE IN CONTROL!
Don’t sike yourself out as soon as the day starts. Yes, you have a zillion emails and a ba-jillion things to do, but all goes back to time management, prioritizing, and setting up those small tasks to get the big one completed. Also, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your workload, look to delegate tasks and ask for help. Know your limits.
DO the opposite.
This is DEFINITELY one that I plan to implement (especially when it comes to working out). Goodtherapy.org came up with this one and I think its genius. On those ‘I just can’t’ day, make it an ‘I just CAN’ day. Change can’t to can, no to yes, and won’t to will.
If you haven’t read it or used it within the past year, it might be time to get rid of it. Shred and recycle those papers, donate or sell those clothes and other household items. Clean up and de-clutter that desk. Trash those old emails from that inbox and create rules to organize your emails into appropriate folders. Use those file folders, office supplies, and desk organizers.
Schedule your chores.
If you’re like me, whenever I feel like my life is in shambles, my house looks like it’s in shambles as well. In addition to a scheduled chore day, try doing a minimum of 10 minutes of house work each day. This should help keep the dirty clothes and dishes from piling up all week, cut down chore day, and give you more “you” time.
I hope these things help you (and me) be more productive. Do you know of any other ways to be more productive? Comment below, subscribe, and share.