If you’re a functioning human who has the capability of passing those “captcha” tests you randomly see on the internet, I’m almost positive that at least once in your life, you’ve said, “There is just not enough hours in the day.” And truth is, there’s nothing wrong with feeling like that. You aren’t alone, either. With so many responsibilities and obligations we have in today’s times, it almost seems as if life is moving a mile a minute. There are so many things to do with such little time.
And as a result, our daily productivity unfortunately takes a hit and suffers. Even if you’re in full-sprint mode throughout the entire day, sometimes you may still have to put off a task until the next day because you simply couldn’t squeeze it into everything you already had going on. With that said, the goal of this article is to lessen the occurrence of you ending up in that situation. By the time you reach the end, your daily productivity should increase and leave you with not only enough time to get things done, but also time to rest and relax afterwards!
Wake Up Early
Early bird gets the worm, right?
That saying is decades old because it’s true. While sleeping in til noon is tempting and feels great, the reality is almost half of your entire day is already gone. It may take some time, but try to get yourself in the habit of waking up early (the term “early” is often subjective as well, so let’s just say around 8 a.m.) Most times, aligning your body’s sleeping schedule with the hours of the sun will naturally provide you with energy needed to last you throughout the entire day!
Knowing what you have to do is only the first step to increasing your productivity. You also have to prioritize them in order to assure that all your tasks are being completed, and that you stay on track.
There’s two ways you can do this. You can prioritize your dealings by matter of their importance, or by their deadlines. Ordering by importance allows you to get your first concerns out the way early, while prioritizing by deadlines almost guarantees you to remain on track and prevents you from getting behind.
Either way, you’ll be well on your way to increasing your levels of productivity!
Set Small Goals
Small, short-term goals correlate with productivity in more ways than one. Not only does it map out your tasks and your progress along the way, it also gives keeps you motivated and something to look forward to. Seeing things from too broad of a scope alters your vision of the possibility of completing everything and it’ll only result in leaving you overwhelmed. Don’t get stuck thinking you have too much on your plate. Break it down and attack them one by one!
Track Your Timing
This point kind of coincides with the previous mention of prioritization, but this one is of equal importance. Although you may have you entire day planned out and prioritized by means of importance or deadline, focusing on one task for too long will defeat your entire efforts in increasing your levels of productivity.
Before you start your day, assign a time limit to each task you have before you. If you exceed it by five minutes or so, fine, but if you find yourself stuck on one tasks for much longer than you initially expected, just move on.
Keeping these simple, but key tips in mind and implementing them into your daily routine will surely up your productivity and assist you in getting things done in a timely manner. Try them out, come back and let us know how things went!