A lot of the time, our inability to remain consistent is what prevents us from achieving our goals. Usually, we all have spurts of peak productivity which then either take a nose dive soon after or just plateau. It’s these drops in productivity, or rather lack of discipline that prevent us from clearing our to-do list. It’s no secret that you need to be productive most of the time, not just some of the time in order to succeed in your business endeavours. You simply can’t just have random, fluctuating episodes of productivity and expect to see results. We also know that being and staying highly-productive all the time can be challenging. Here’s some tips on how to be more productive and to maintain that productivity.
- SET DAILY GOALS
Laying down a strong foundation for the rest of your day begins by setting goals that you would like to achieve. Setting goals takes away the stress of having to juggle multiple tasks in a day which you weren’t prepared for. When you set daily goals, you’re then able to plan what you want to get done and how much time and energy you’ll expend on each task. This then enables you to focus on specific tasks and takes away the general panic and brought on by life’s curveballs. It is important to set daily goals because they provide a roadmap for your day.
- MANAGE YOUR TIME
We all experience various interruptions throughout or day. Family, health and even financial obstacles can slow down our momentum. Effective time management is key in order to push past these interruptions. As you plan out your day, set time for specific tasks and set deadlines for them as well. Set aside time for rest as well as socialising. This will help you stay on track with your goals. Try to avoid unnecessary interruptions and only deal with things in a timely manner to avoid that last minute rush.
- TURN THAT PHONE OFF
Each day, take some time to disconnect from your phone. This is especially important if you find yourself getting easily distracted by social media, news, and video sites. Switching off your phone is an excellent way to ensure productivity because it gets rid of all those distractions as well as the information overload.
For some; like myself, simply switching off the phone is not enough. There are many great apps that ensure productivity by locking you out of your phone for set periods of time. One great app I’ve been using for a while now is Flipd. Flipd is a work and study productivity app that forces you to put your phone down and get some work done. The app works by allowing you to set a time for a specific amount of time. Once activated the app then locks your phone and all access to various apps and social networks until the timer is up. A few essential apps such as the calculator, the call function and a few others are available for use. The great thing about this app is that there is literally no way to cheat the system. Once the timer starts the only way to gain access to your phone is waiting out the timer. This has helped me get so much work done over the past few months because it takes away all potential distractions.
- GET THE UNPLEASANT TASKS DONE
Sometimes, when we have tasks that we’re not particularly keen on doing, we take longer to get to them and end up in a last minute rush. This also slows down our productivity momentum in an attempt to avoid the task. Well, now’s the time to buckle down and commit to getting it done.
Set aside enough time to get the task done, buckle down and get to it. Really laser in your focus and just commit to getting it done. Block out any distractions or interruptions and only get up when it’s done. Most times it’s the start that’s difficult. Once you get into a rhythm you’ll find the work flowing smoothly and you’ll be done in no time.
- MAKE SMALL CHANGES
Making small changes in the way you do things each day is one of the best ways to become more productive. This is because you are able to build better more efficient and effective habits slowly over time. For example, if your goal is to read more, you can start by committing to reading at least one chapter each day. Over time this small habit effortlessly becomes a part of your routine and eventually you’ll build a reading habit.
“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” — Paul J. Meyer