There isn’t enough time in the day between working a full-time job and running my business. We all get the same 24 hours in a day but it really doesn’t feel like that sometimes. What we do in those 24 hours really determines what we get done. Use them wisely. In this post, we will look at 8 habits that will make you more productive.
After I started to include these habits into my daily life it felt like I was getting more time. I became more productive and was, therefore, able to get more done in my day.
We all have distractions. Pets, kids, roommates, TV, phones, etc. Minimizing those distractions will help you be more productive. But how do you do that?
You can start by turning notifications off on your phone and computer. Make sure if you work near a TV that it’s off. When you are in your office close the door. If you don’t have a designated office pick a place to set one up with the least amount of distractions.
One thing I found that helps me is to put sticky notes on my laptop. These serve as a visual reminder and I’m able to get back on track faster.
Our brains can be trained like other muscles in the body. Whenever you have a success whether it be big or small reward yourself. Doing this will create a positive mental cycle. You’ll be more inclined to get things done if you get a reward when you complete a task.
I do this. It keeps me motivated and actually excited to get things done. Instead of being disappointed that I didn’t finish everything I reward myself for the small things. For example, you get done writing your first blog post. That’s huge! Get yourself a cookie or ice cream or something. This is one of the more fun productive habits on this list.
Set Small Goals
As a big dreamer, I know what it’s like to want something right now. Knowing you have to do so many things to make your dream come true leads to procrastination and it can be very daunting. It will take longer than a day to achieve your dreams.
Set small goals for yourself each day. Make sure you write down your big goal as well but focus on the steps leading up to that big goal. For example, you want to start a blog and become financially free. First, you’ll need an idea and then set up hosting and then design your site. You get the idea.
Don’t overwhelm yourself with the big goal. Start small and you’ll be able to stay focused easier.
Knowing when to take breaks is crucial to being productive. Your brain needs rest just like your body does after working out.
For my full-time job, I’m in front of a computer all day so I deal with eye strain. Without taking breaks eye strain can lead to mental fatigue, dry eyes, headaches, and even migraines. So it’s essential to take 5-10 minute breaks every hour or so while working to rest your eyes.
On your break get away from your computer screen. Go outside, take a quick walk or even meditate. This will help you feel mentally refreshed when you return to work.
Ask For Advice
Everyone needs help sometimes and there’s no shame in asking for it. If you don’t know how to do something reach out to an authority for help.
I definitely get wanting to be independent and figure everything out for myself. But there is a big difference between being independent and wasting your time. You can’t know how to do everything.
I recently had issues figuring out how to do something. I spent HOURS researching and trying to implement the steps myself. It just didn’t work. I started getting frustrated and finally decided to ask for help.
Love What You Do
If you hate your job no productive habits in the world will help you. You need to be passionate about what you do to truly be productive. If you’re not excited about what you do re-evaluate your situation.
What do you love to do? Find your fire. After being at my full-time job for almost 3 years I realized that’s not what I want to do for the rest of my life. I don’t want to work for someone else. I’m passionate about helping people live their dreams and I feel very driven.
You’ve heard before that exercise is crucial to your health. It’s also crucial for your mental health as well which affects your productivity.
Exercising for just 30 minutes a day can greatly increase your productivity. Regular exercise makes you more alert, gives you more energy, boosts creativity, lowers stress, etc.
Make a plan each day to exercise for 30 minutes. This could be walking, biking, running, swimming or whatever you like. The more you do it the more it becomes a habit. I use my lunch hour to be active. Because of this, I tend to be more productive during the second half of my workday.
Multitasking is usually seen as a great skill to have. In some cases it is. If you can do it and still be productive.
If you can multitask more power to you. I’ve always struggled with it. I like putting all of my focus into one task at a time. I find that it might take more time but in the end, it’s something I can be proud of. If I try doing two things at once for example it will take me twice as long and the results will be mediocre at best.
That’s it! Those are 8 habits that will make you more productive. I hope you found them helpful. Like the post? Save the pin!
What do you do to be more productive? What habits are part of your daily routine? Let me know in the comments below. I’ll get back to you ASAP.
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