I guarantee you have some goals in life that seem just out of reach, whether it’s organizing the garage, getting in shape, or climbing Mt. Everest. But who has the time? It seems like days pass before you know what happened. Well now is the time to take control and chart a course to becoming more productive and finally checking those big items off your list.
OK, grab your calendar and turn to a blank week. Make a list of the most important things you do on in an average week and those times. You will be amazed at how quickly the week fills up. What you will realize is that you don’t have time to do everything you would like. You can only do what you commit to and make time for.
2. Set Measurable Goals With Deadlines
If you are looking to get things done at work or around the house, set measurable goals in a certain amount of time. If you cannot measure a goal, you will not know when you have achieved it and if you don’t set a deadline you will be more tempted to procrastinate. For example: save $20 every week so that you can finally go on that vacation.
3. Take The Next Step
A lot of us set goals like “run a marathon” but have no clue how to proceed. The goal is so big it seems overwhelming. But if you break the goal into small bits, it becomes much more attainable. For example, if you want to run a marathon, you need to be able to run a half mile. Go run half a mile tomorrow and then take the next step.
4. Consistency, Consistency, Consistency
Take the next step and then the next. Consistency builds a habit, which in turn builds a lifestyle.
5. Say “No” More
You have a finite number of hours in your day, which means that you literally cannot say yes to everything. Saying “no” to more busyness will free you up to say “yes” to your priorities and self-care.
6. Focus On What You Can Control
You can’t control the weather, but you can control how much you look at social media. Take ownership of the things you can control that eat up your time and attention.
7. 2 Minute Rule
Any task that can be done in 2 minutes should be done immediately. Just knock it out. Then you will have the sense of satisfaction of a task done rather than another to-do looming over your head.
8. Schedule Social Media Time And Turn Off Alerts
The average American checks their phone over 100 times a day. That time adds up really fast and takes you away from the world around you. Set times to check in to your social media and time to tune out. Oh, and turn off alerts- you don’t need that constant temptation to lose 10 minutes in your life.
9. Accomplish One Thing Right After You Wake Up
The military suggests you make your bed but it could be anything you want: exercise, read a chapter of a book, make breakfast, etc. Completing a task first thing in the morning will instill a productive mindset in the rest of your day.
You may think an extra three hours of work at night will set you up for success the next day, but it will actually leave you wasted for the next 24 hours. Students who study all night instead of getting sleep perform worse than those who studied less but got 8 hours of sleep. Why? Because sleep helps memory, lowers stress, and allows you to focus. 8 hours of sleep is essential to productivity.