You probably hear the phrase “I’m busy” almost everyday. Heck, you might even use it on a daily basis. I’m guilty too.
In this fast paced world that we live in, it’s almost impossible to keep up to date with the trends and happenings of today. We get so caught up with social media, events, the internet, etc. Our lives are moving faster than our breath can keep up.
Productivity is almost non apparent, as it’s so hard for us to stay focused and get things done.
Productive Vs. Busy
However, you must know that there’s a big difference between being busy and being productive. You can be busy but nothing gets done. On the contrary, you can be “not busy” but productive, and get multiple things done. Especially things that are important to you or your goals.
Truth is, many of us struggle with productivity, including me. Massive struggle for me. I often find that there’s too many things to be done, and I get completely overwhelmed. Procrastination starts to kick in, you start to get distracted, slack off, the list is endless.
But don’t worry, over time I have picked up and learnt a few tricks on how to be productive/improve productivity. You can simply apply these tips for yourself. As Tim Ferris says, you should focus on being productive instead of being busy.
Tips On How To Be Productive
1. Implement regular “break cycles” into your daily routine/habits
Yup, breaks are important. I’ve touched on how important rest is previously here, so I won’t explain too much. Basically, breaks or rest are necessary in your day to day life. They aren’t just there so you could “relax” or “stop doing work temporarily”.
Breaks are there so you can recharge, think, and come back more focused. Whether it’s a nap, a quick walk in the park, a drive, utilize them accordingly. Slowly implement them into your daily routines and you’ll find that your productivity levels will increase.
When planning your breaks, don’t force it. Let it come naturally. When you feel your body or mind getting tired, that’s when you need to take it. Start doing it and it will become a habit.
2. Focus on one thing at a time
As I mentioned earlier, these days we have too many things to do. There’s this recent theory in the past years called Decision Fatigue.
The gist of it is when there are too many decisions to make, our bodies and mind get worn out. That’s because there’s energy in us that are embodied to be used on making decisions, small or big. So when there are too many decisions, our energy will get used up.
I’m sure you’ve probably experienced it. “Ah, there’s too much to do right now, I’ll just do it later”. That’s a form of decision fatigue. Happens to me all the time.
So the trick is, you just want to make less decisions. Focus on that one thing. Focus on it until you have finished it, and then only you move to the next. Narrow down your options. This will also help you in improving your focus and stay sharp. You need laser like focus if you want to be productive.
3. Start your morning right
I’m a big advocate for this. I used to love sleeping in. I used to wake up late on weekends, etc. But let me say this, one of the best things you can do for yourself, not just productivity, but life in general, is waking up early. And there are so many reasons to do so. All the top entrepreneurs, business man, happy or successful people maximize their mornings. That’s what I’ve come to realize.
Here are the few reasons as to why you should wake up early:
- It’s a form of discipline. Waking up early when you don’t have to helps set your mind in the right state, and trains your body to make it a disciplined habit.
- You are awake before most of the world. This means you will have less distractions and less noise. You can breath, enjoy peaceful silence and tune in to your own voice.
- Easier to focus and be productive in the mornings. That’s because you have less distractions as mentioned earlier.
- Opportunity to reflect/meditate and prepare for the day. If you set your mindset in the right place, it is easier to go through the day with a smile and a positive attitude.
- Have a prayer and be thankful for the things you have. Be grateful for where you are, what you have, and for the things to come. There’s no reason to be less excited for tomorrow!
And there you have it, these are a few tips you can start using now to help improve your productivity levels.
“Productivity is never an accident. It’s the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.” – Paul Meyer
- Today everyone is so busy but hardly anything gets done
- Know the difference between being busy and being productive
- Tips on how to be productive
- Implement regular break cycles into your daily routine/habit
- Focus on one goal at a time
- Start and maximize your mornings right
Geoff is a blogger, social media consultant, influencer and loves to motivate people. Ever since venturing on his own journey, he has acquired many skill sets in business, blogging, self-development and more. From faith, podcasts, books, mentors and personal experiences he believes in sharing the knowledge gained with the intention of helping other people.