How to Be More Productive In Your Life | 7 Key Habits
October 5, 2020 |By NuQuo Admin
In a world full of successful people, it’s easy to get discouraged and feel like you aren’t good enough to achieve greatness. This sort of attitude is far too common and can only be changed if productive habits are utilized more often. Today we are going to discuss 7 productive habits that will change the way you view your day to day, as well as help you get a better grasp on your life.
1. Create a morning routine
Obtaining a good morning routine is all about developing simple habits that instill discipline into your mind. For instance, everybody has a chore that they don’t like to do. For some it’s folding laundry. For others, it’s washing the dishes. The human mind will do as little work as possible to avoid stress. By doing things in the morning that you don’t regularly do, like making your bed, you’re training the mind to ultimately submit to doing hard things. This will break the bad habit of laziness which often plagues productive behavior.
Many “successful” people have a morning routine which includes exercise. This is a great thing to include in your morning routine because it takes a lot of discipline to get up every morning and put your body through physical stress. It’s not easy at first, but eventually it will become as easy as brushing your teeth, or getting dressed for the day.
It’s important not to overwhelm yourself if you don’t succeed right away. Everybody falls short when trying to make changes and develop new habits. Especially in the morning when your mind’s only objective is to rest. If you need encouragement try meditating and reflecting on why you tried to make the changes in the first place.
Make your bed is an excellent book written by William H. McRaven. It’s about overcoming oneself and developing positive daily habits that will increase productivity and personal growth. As a former Navy Seal, he shares his personal experience of overcoming his mind and doing the little things which allowed him to accomplish the big things.
Although having a good morning routine is highly dependent on self-discipline, keep in mind it’s not just about forcing yourself to wake up early enough to watch the sunrise. The greatest morning routines start the night before.
2. Plan your day
It’s important that before you go to bed you reflect on what needs to be accomplished the next day. This doesn’t need to be difficult, so don’t over-complicate it. Just simply think about the most important things that you need to do. You might consider creating a to-do list that will help you visualize what needs to be done. Preparing ahead of time will make your upcoming day run much more smoothly and increase your productivity.
When you wake up in the morning and have completed your morning routine, you can then go into a more thorough planning session for you day. In order to plan most effectively, consider what you will need to do, but also how you will do it. For example, if you have a work project, break it down into steps. This will decrease the chances of forgetting anything that is necessary for you to accomplish your project.
Part of planning out your day means that you need to designate a given amount of time to each task. This is so you don’t spend too much time on something that is irrelevant or conflicts with completing your overall goal for the day. It will also help your day to feel a bit more structured and result in higher productivity.
3. Avoid multi-tasking
If you can stay away from having to multi-task, you will save yourself a lot of time. This is because you won’t have to do things over and over again. A verywell mind article suggests that “multitasking [may] seem like a great way to get a lot done at once. But research has shown that our brains are not nearly as good at handling multiple tasks as we like to think they are.” In essence, multi-tasking is a productivity killer that seems one way, but results in another.
Consider the way we write with one hand instead of two. If we wrote with two hands there would be a lot of mishaps and productivity would decrease significantly. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that in order to be productive you have to take on more than necessary. Because in the end it’s better to do a few things right, than everything wrong.
4. Learn when to say no
Now that we’ve addressed multi-tasking as the killer of productivity, let’s talk about knowing when to say no. You may work in an environment where others need your assistance on projects here and there, and this is totally acceptable. When required help here and there turns into seemingly every hour of the work day, this become a big problem.
It’s important that you learn when to say no. If you find it hard to say no, make sure to schedule some extra time in your day to assist others. If you have no extra time to schedule it, politely decline.
5. Reward yourself accordingly
It’s important to reward yourself for winning. This is a well known principle we call positive reinforcement. For some, a reward may be a short break from work, but it doesn’t always have to be a short break. You can also reward yourself with a treat or even a trip, if you’ve met your goals over a period of time. The simple idea is that everybody needs to be rewarded for the work they do, or there will be no motivation to work at all.
6. Don’t compare yourself
When trying to become more productive in your life, the worst thing you can do is compare yourself to others. Comparing your weaknesses to somebody else’s strengths is only going to make you forget about how far you’ve come. Instead, try to focus on what your end goal is.
If you naturally compare yourself to others and find it hard to stop, try using these methods:
List your strengths
Be your own best friend and talk positively to yourself
Don’t knock others down
Repeat phrases that help you to persevere
Don’t be envious, be inspired by those who are better than you in a particular area
7. Keep yourself accountable
If there’s ever a moment when comparison is necessary, it’s to keep yourself accountable. We need to be able to reflect on our personal progress in order to make improvements. The most successful people in the world are the ones who recognize that accountability and productivity go hand in hand.
Today we have discussed 7 key habits that you can use in order to increase your productivity. Remember, that increasing your productivity is a choice and will happen as soon as you start making the small choices that will influence the greater outcome. If you feel that you have learned something new today, please consider subscribing to the NuQuo blog.