What does it take to lead a productive life? It is the discipline to do what is needed when it’s needed in the most time effective way possible. While this is the dream day we want to always maintain, why is it so hard sometimes? The secret is making the habits for your daily improvement simple and rewarding thus productivity.
Not having a night routine
How you sleep is directly related to how you will wake up and your productivity from there. Having a night routine that tricks your mind that your treating yourself special goes a long way. It’s easier when you have had an exhausting day to just fall asleep on the couch with your wok clothes, wake up hours later and drag yourself to bed to finish off there, but this does not do any favours for you the next morning. It’s a habit many of us have had or still have. When you get home its easier to slump onto the nearest furniture and watch tv until bedtime. Take the time for a healthy routine where you do something that will help you have a good night sleep. It could be as simple as taking a warm shower and applying your facial night cream.
Social media and news alerts when starting your day
This is often talked about. It’s very damaging when you start your day worried about how others are interacting with the picture you posted last night. It’s the ultimate time waster and killer of productivity. Make an effort to check the socials and news alerts on your daybreaks or during the evening.
Focusing on the perfect strategy
Just get going! Work with the end in mind, perfect it later. Do not worry about what you don’t have to complete a certain task that you had planned to undertake anyway. The fear of failure and striving to be a perfectionist is an enemy to productivity.
Not allocating time to your tasks
You would be surprised how effective you became when you set time for your tasks. This works because as you take the time to say okay, this will take 2 hrs to finish and then i will go on to the next…its preparing your brain and that’s already a head start. It also helps reduce procrastination.
Research has shown that it leads to poor quality of work.and suggests that multitasking can reduce productivity by as much as30%. The answer to this is to Prioritize. Work on the most important and difficult tasks first and work your way down.
Not taking time to live in the moment
Taking the time to look at how we are living is essential for our well being. When we have a healthy relationship with ourselves, we are able to transfer this energy all around us and thus a happier environment.
Take the effort to have a morning routine that is helpfulful in mind clarity, like taking a cold shower, having a healthy breakfast or writing in your journal. Plan your day the night before. Prioritize and allocate time to your tasks and activities and take a shower every night before you sleep. It works wonders I promise!