Do you feel overwhelmed by your work? Do you feel that time is simply slipping away and you are not able to make the most of it? Don’t panic.
Follow these 10 points and you will see your productivity sky-rocketing:
-Tune out of daily newspaper or news: I have been off news for the last few years and as an added benefit I do not have any negativity in my life. Sometimes when I feel too out of touch, with current day-to-day events I ask my wife for a news update 🙂
I know most people spend an hour going through the morning paper – that is something I simply do not understand! Maybe they like the idea of sipping tea while reading the paper or something like that but for me its a waste of time.
-Stop answering your phone ( or minimise it ): I divide my work day in 2 to 2.5 hour slots. At this time if I am disturbed by a phone call, I get distracted and my flow goes for a spin. Phone is for YOUR convenience. If someone wants something from you then tell them to email you or simply text you. When you are taking a break you can call them back as per your convenience.
–Always, always plan the next day: What gets scheduled gets done. This way you can accomplish more. Other people’s priorities wont take over, because you know your own priorities.
-Get up early or Not: Most successful people get a lot of things done before the time most people eat their breakfast. Ideally I want to get up by 6 am, and write for a few hours before everyone in the house is out and about. Currently, I have been managing around 7am as I sleep by 12-12:30am. But this is not to say that working into the night is bad either. Over the past few years I have been observing my sleep cycle and I realised that my best work hours fluctuate every 3 months or so. I go from being an early morning person to being a nocturnal.
There are phases in my life when my best work is happens from 11pm to 3am and as a result I get up in the morning at 10am. The whole idea is not to obsess about waking time but to get enough restful sleep. Update: However, I still feel waking up early in the morning is best, as there are absolutely no distractions. Its just you, your breathe, and your work:)
–Apply 80/20 pareto rule to everything in your life: I have applied this rule to my workouts, my work, and even my wardrobe. The idea is to do less but to do it effectively.
In my workouts, I focus on only performing 4% of the exercises that most people do (with only 4-6 movements in one workout) which gives me over 64% results. If I work 10 hours a day, I know that only 2-3 hours worth of it is going to be productive and high quality. So that slot of time for me is sacrosanct. In this time, I shut myself from the outside world (phones, emails, social media, visitors).
I need this time to CREATE, thats my main job as the creator of fabulousbody.com, and right now producing good content is the most important thing to me.
Also I have arranged my cup-board where only five of my best outfits/combinations are on the main rack, rest I have stacked in the lower drawer. Hell, I don’t want to spend more than 2 minutes to select what I want to wear. Indeed LESS IS MORE!
–Taking power naps: There is tremendous power in power naps. If you feel low on energy, take a nap.
–Sleep more: Sleeping enough is an investment. Don’t think that by sleeping more you are wasting your time. If you get 8 hours of sleep everyday, your mind is clear which enables you to be more productive throughout the day. Some people do well on 7 hours or even 6, but thats about it.
-Outsource and delegate almost everything: Sometimes I love to cook – an Egg Benedict, or pasta in pesto sauce. I like to cook for my 2 year old boy almost daily. This is something that I feel good about and it rejuvenates me. What about laundry? washing dishes? No way!! I almost delegate literally everything that doesn’t engage me on my soul level, something which is mundane bores me! I am very ruthless about the time I spend on these things.
–Ignore most things and let go: Your customer /client treated you badly, ohh poor you! Stop, don’t be oversensitive about it. Learn from the experience and let go. Not taking things personally, can make you go a long way. It saves heart aches, frustrations or even possibly a court case! In my experience most issues start off as a petty matter. One should have the tact and patience to deal with frustrations. Ignore them if it seems too stupid to you, well there are more fools around than you can think.
–Limit your coffee intake to 1 to 2 cups: I look forward to my daily cuppa. But there are days when I am not able to get enough done, or sometimes when I feel I can’t concentrate, I make the mistake of making a third cup of coffee for myself (in fact, I am aware its a mistake while I am sipping that third cup of coffee!). Don’t be addicted/ dependent to anything to increase your productivity.
The downfall of the third cup is that I feel worse after an hour or so, especially when it is around evening time.Few alternate drinks that you can use for amazing instant energy: veggie juice, tulsi tea, ginger tea with unprocessed honey, coconut water. If all these things don’t work, then I take a power nap 🙂
So these are my 10 points to make sure you have the most productive day!
What do you think about productivity? Have anything you like to add? Let me know in the comments below.