You found this article and clicked on a link to get here, I’m going to assume you are having difficulty being productive. Are you always striving to get your task list accomplished but end up moving tasks to the next day? It happens to many and it sucks.
I’ve battled it many times. It’s so much easier to just run off with family for fun or binge watch Amazon Prime Exclusives. When you aren’t focused, it’s easy to get into a rut with multiple days of inactivity. Here’s how to have a more productive day – every day.
Create a List the Night Before
Instead of waking up in the morning to make your to-do list, make your list the night before. This way you can go to bed relaxed and confident for the next day. You also wake up in the morning knowing exactly what is on tap for the day. You might also consider planning on Sunday night for the upcoming week. Then you can face the week with a confident plan.
Take a look at the tasks on your list. What tasks offer the biggest bang for the buck? What tasks offer the most value and achievement? For example, answering email or paying bills isn’t a task that offers a large return. However, making a sale or meeting with a client is a very productive task. Put your most profitable or results-oriented tasks first on your list.
This is generally tagged as your money tasks. Blog post with affiliate link(s) or email about your latest product or affiliate product. Write a set amount in your latest book or workshop project. Whatever task is the one that will bring you some dollars is a good one to prioritize.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Entrepreneurs are famous for long nights. I am no different. I come from a long line of night owls. In fact, I’m writing this at 12:15am… I know a thing or 12 about how sleep affects productivity. But it’s not how late we stay up that is the issue, it’s how early you need to get up the next morning.
The quality of your sleep is important to sustain your energy levels throughout your day. Good sleep means you’ll be fresh and energetic all day long. Creating a to-do list is a good way to help you get a good night’s sleep because you can put the day’s stresses to rest.
Also consider adding soothing night-time rituals to your routine. For example, meditate, stretch or read before you go to bed. Keep a gratitude journal and write before you sleep. Go to bed and wake at the same time to help your body know what to expect.
Most of all, turn off all electronics at least an hour before bed. Working up until bedtime won’t help you sleep. When you get better sleep your brain will focus completely on your tasks the next day. You can get your work done in much less time.
The food you eat has a direct correlation to how energetic and productive you are. Junk food will make you sluggish. Healthy food will help you stay energized all day long. Feed your body well and it will respond by keeping you alert and energetic.
Remember to eat every 2-3 hours. When you let your stores deplete it zaps your energy. Don’t forget the water. Being dehydrated will keep you from being productive as well.
If you spend half your time searching for files, names and numbers, you are wasting time. Make sure any items that you use on a regular basis are easy to grab from your desk chair. They should be easy to find and use.
Regularly go through your files and organize. Set up a time once a month or every other month to go through them. If you use plr, find the best way to organize it so you can grab it quickly for new product launches and blog content. I find it best to file it under different topics. Consider filing it under the categories you have on your blog.
Productivity doesn’t mean working from sun-up to sundown. In fact, if you work without stopping you’re likely to burn out. Instead, commit to taking a break every hour. Walk around. Get some fresh air. Get blood moving throughout your body.
Breaks are a huge part of any work day. Remember the above in eat healthy and don’t skip meals. Take your meal breaks and walk away from work when you eat. Stop, eat and decompress a bit.
Do you multi-task hoping it’ll make you more productive? Do you manage one task while your mind is already onto the next task? Both habits are unproductive. When you focus on what you’re doing, not only is the task more enjoyable, it also gets done faster and better.
I used to think I was the queen of multi-tasking. Balancing 5 or more things at once quite easily. Then I learned to focus on one task at a time and instantly my productivity jumped. 5 things taking up my brainpower for a day or two before accomplishing. Focus on each thing and less than an hour per task. That’s a huge change.
Productivity is possible. With a little planning, attention and self-care you can get more done in half the time. These tools are simple but effective. They work! Try just one of these steps and watch your own personal productivity improve.
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