I’m really proud of my productivity skills nowadays, mostly because they were extremely hard to obtain. I used to feel horrible at the end of each day thinking I didn’t accomplish enough, I’m not perfect now, but I’m better. I’m still struggling with prioritization, but that’s a post for another day.
I want to share with you a few lessons I learned along that way that have really helped me.
A to do list is not enough. Essential, but not enough. You got a long list of things to do, hopefully they are separated by at least a couple categories: personal and business. But with a long list you are most likely to just feel overwhelmed and unmotivated to get started. It just looks like you are never going to get all of it done. I know. A simple pad will do, don’t go overboard with stickers please, it will only distract you.
A calendar without time sections doesn’t work either. You need to be able to block a specific amount of time for a specific task.
Routines. Nothing worse than wasting your time away figuring out what you should be doing. Routines save time, brain space and decision muscle. If you know that after breakfast you workout than there is no question if you should right? I love a good morning routine, it just makes the day flow so much easier, allowing me to get more done.
Goals. A to do list, a calendar and routines without goals to guide them just don’t work. The reason you are doing what you are doing is very important. You can’t get back time.
Sticking to the time allowed. If you wrote down that from 2pm to 3pm you are going to write a proposal, then do that, and only that. No checking email, making phone calls, etc. Each task should have it’s time, and when that time comes, do that task, and only that task. It’s simple and effective. At 3pm you are free to do whatever.
Allot time for randomness. We are not robots. We need time to wonder, get a cup of coffee, browse social media, go to the bathroom. If you block your day back to back, you will feel stressed and soon will find yourself behind on schedule. Just be realistic and leave room to breath.
Have a place for everything. Organization is key to life. Having a place to put each thing makes it easier to concentrate on the task you are suppose to do. If your place is a mess you are likely to feel one too.
Take time to breathe. Meditate, go for a walk, sit still… take time to just be. It makes such a difference for when trying to focus.
Sleep. Caffeine is no substitute for rest. Want to get more done? Sleep well to keep your energy levels high.
Simplify. If you can only remember one thing I said here, please be this. Simplify your life, your lists, your goals, your calendar. We can all probably cut back half the things we put on our plates and life will still be ok. Get rid of excess, physical and mental, live only with the essentials and see your life change pretty quick.
I hope this post helps, those are lessons I truly hold dear to my heart.
Thanks for reading.