As Benjamin Franklin has said: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Lack of productivity can be somewhat comfortable and easy, but keep in mind its disadvantages. After all they say that behind every successful woman there’s a woman herself. Below are 10 tips on how to have a productive day, and why not to say, life.
- Get a head start
Simply wake up earlier than you would. This applies especially to people who have more freedom to have a lie in every day. Simple logic says that the earlier you wake, the more you have time to get stuff done. Try waking earlier and make morning the time with yourself, who knows maybe you’ll fall in love with it.
- Plan your day, your week, your life
One of the simplest ways to keep yourself disciplined and aware of the tasks you ought to do is to list up all the tasks. Make your to-do list the night before so that you could get hands on as soon as you wake up.
- Mornings for work, evenings to relax
Use your morning energy to tackle the tasks you have to get done. Starting your day productive will set the get-things-done mentality for the whole day
- Do things before their deadline
Force yourself if you must, but get things done before you have to. This can be an essay, article, project or a simple house-hold chore. Leaving things on the last minute can be rather stressful and seldom will it end successfully. In addition, it will leave you more time to polish your work in order to create something perfect.
- Stay active
Now this is one of the easiest tips, which we often tend to forget to remind ourselves. This simply means asking yourself: “Is what I’m doing at the moment helping me with my goals?” If the answer is yes, then keep going. If the answer is no, then pull yourself together and do things that help you achieve what you desire, whether it is finishing your book, graduating university or getting a desirable job. Forget about Candy Crush Saga, 9GAG and other distracting activities.
- Write a not-to-do list
Now we spoke about the list telling us what to do. But it is easy for the things you shouldn’t do to slip your mind, thus it’s important to remind yourself what not to do. To do that write down things you shouldn’t do: scrolling through news feed in Facebook, checking Tumblr too often. This will subconsciously discipline you.
- Get fit
Lean body will give you more energy and make you feel more confident in what you do. In addition, staying active will strengthen your discipline, which is essential to stay productive throughout your life.
- Drink more water
Lack of hydration will make your body feel exhausted and you might struggle with getting things done. Doctors say that you should drink 8 cups of water per day in order for your body to stay hydrated and ready to tackle your tasks.
- Keep your room/workplace tidy
This is important for many reasons. Firstly, it is easier to find your things when in need. Wasting half an hour on finding your, for example, internet banking codes is simply throwing away precious time. Secondly, having a clean work area gives you a sense of control and, thus boosting your creativity.
- Have a routine
The word ‘routine’ tends to have a bad impression. However, I find routine to be quite beneficial as it helps you to organise your day and week better. Knowing that you must wake up at 9 every day, go for a morning jog, have a splendid breakfast and then tackle your first responsibility creates a pattern than will turn into an habit, a beneficial habit.
Following these tips will guarantee you a more productive life, however remember that the most important motivation comes within, so try to find it. Also, being productive requires a certain amount of discipline and strict planning, but it does not mean you should give up your leisure. Late Saturday mornings are the best, it only needs to be in balance.