Life is busy! Oftentimes it feels like there’s so much to do and not enough hours in the day. In our attempts to get more accomplished during the day, I’ve compiled a list of things that have helped me become more productive and may help you too!
- Plan Ahead the Night Before: Each night, take a few minutes to evaluate the current day and prepare for the upcoming day. Write down any appointments you have, things you need to get done, or goals you want to work on. If it’s helpful, create a “Top 3” priority list of the three most important tasks that need to be finished before anything else. You can also plan out your day hour by hour or even just segment your day into the morning, afternoon, and evening and then schedule out what items you’ll tackle during which part of the day.
- Do Something Productive to Start Your Day: Instead of scrolling on your phone the instant you wake up, do something that’s simple yet productive. This will kick your brain into “work” mode. I personally like to make my bed. It takes one minute to do and helps me feel like I’ve already accomplished something within moments of waking up. Some other simple things you could try are washing your face, doing some stretches or reading a few pages from a book. Find a simple action that will shift your brain into a productive mentality.
- Eat Breakfast: Make sure to eat breakfast within an hour or two of waking up. A nutritious breakfast will give your body the fuel it needs to have a sharp, focused mind and the energy required to get things done. If you’re looking for a quick & healthy breakfast option, visit www.viiva.com.
- Eliminate Distractions: There are many things competing for our attention throughout the day. Identify what distracts you and then set specific times of day to allow yourself to be distracted. For example, if your phone is a distraction only check it and respond to emails, texts or calls during these allotted distraction times. According to one study, it takes about 23 minutes to refocus after getting distracted from a task (1). So, if you are intentional with your distraction time, the number of distractions you actually experience will be minimized and it will be easier to transition into the next task.
- Take Breaks: It’s important to take breaks during your workday. Have these breaks be something that will relieve your mind without distracting you from your task. Meaning, keep your breaks productive. Go for a quick walk, do some stretches, take a bathroom break, eat a healthy snack- whatever it is, do it in a 5-10 minute time frame and then get back to work.
- Set Time Limits: I personally work more effectively when I have time constraints. Set a realistic time limit that will also push you to be committed to and focused on the task at hand. This is especially useful when working on things you may feel less motivated to complete. For instance, give yourself 1 hour to clean the house or 30 minutes to write that report. Then do it. You’ll be surprised with how much you’re able to accomplish in that amount of time.
- Exercise: Take time to get your body moving. This will get your blood pumping, release endorphins that reduce stress, and provide energy to keep you going throughout the day while feeling motivated to complete everything on your to-do list.
Little changes make a big difference. Test these tips out and see if your productivity levels start increasing.
What helps you become more productive throughout your day? Leave a comment below.
Brittney received her B.S. in Sociology at Brigham Young University. She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. Brittney currently resides in Utah.