Creating habits to become more productive is an ongoing process. New updates, emails, and meetings pop up and throw us off our routines all the time. So how do you stay productive amongst all these distractions?
You form new effective habits, discipline your time, and make your actions for your day connect to your long term goals.
Here are 6 tips to help get you started!
1. Develop a Morning Routine
I know your bed feels extra comfy in the morning, BUT some of the most successful and influential people use this time to kick start their day. Whether it’s a morning walk, eating a healthy breakfast, or practicing yoga- many entrepreneurs will tell you this is one of the most transformative and effective habits to become more productive!
Developing a great morning routine is important because it sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you wake up as late as possible, skip breakfast, and rush to work daily- this can take a toll on you in the long run and leave you feeling exhausted and unfulfilled.
Your first instinct when you wake up is probably to go through your Facebook, emails, Instagram, etc. It’s recommended to avoid those right away, postpone that until after you are finished with your growth building routine. You may come across something upsetting, or an angry email- this is obviously not the best way to start your day. You’ll have a better reaction after yoga, running, or other mind/body building routines to start your day off on a positive note.
A planned morning routine will set you up for success and leave you feeling more organized and less anxious throughout your day. Successful entrepreneurs master this great skill.
“The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”- John C. Maxwell
2. Practice an Evening Routine
How you end your day is just as important as how you began it.
Reflect over your day. What were your successes, even if they were small? What could’ve been improved? What did you love most about today? What will you do better tomorrow? Pose questions that will bring you closer to your goals for yourself and your business.
Make a Plan! Make a list of your top priorities with an organized plan of what you will accomplish the next day. Learn from your mistakes today to make it an even better tomorrow! This will help you wake up feeling prepared for your day.
Lastly, don’t forget to have fun. Make sure to spend time doing the things you love with the ones you love most.
3. Figure out when you are MOST focused
One of the most popular tips for becoming a more productive human being, is to pinpoint when you feel most energized and most focused. Then use this hour or two of your day to brainstorm, make important calls, or whatever needs most of your energy/creativity. You are now more excited and focused to accomplish your tasks.
Does this energy stem from an awesome workout? After reading a chapter from an inspirational book? Find your “feel good” moment and take off from there!
4. Adjust your TO-DO Lists
Most often, our to-do lists set us up for becoming overwhelmed. Did you know minimizing these lists is actually more effective for your day? Why include items to your list that you know you’ll never get done? This leaves us trying to catch up with our day and feeling more fatigued.
Solution? Jot down what absolutely needs to be done that day, and move forward after those are crossed off. Give 100% to one or two things at a time, instead of 10% of your best to a million other items.
Productivity expert Leo Babauta is an advocate of MITs (Most Important Tasks). He wakes up and decides what three things that he must accomplish that day. One of these tasks must move him closer toward his long term goal. This effective habit has been proven to boost productivity in the highest fashion.
5. Act with Intention
Now that you have a productive plan for the day and you’ve narrowed down your list to what is most important – make sure every visit, call with a client, email, and bullet point on your list is done with a purpose. What’s the goal of the conversations you have to have today? Plan responses ahead of time and anticipate your customers concerns and needs for the day.
6. Be selective with your time
Be stingy with your time and who gets it. Reversely treat other people’s time with respect.
Avoid lagging on timelines, and perform tasks as quickly and efficiently as you can. This is one of the most effective habits that has to be a priority to be productive! Cut yourself off from all distractions, work down your list, and then allow yourself a break for lesser priorities or free time.
What changes will YOU make today in order to produce a more energy and productivity in your day/life? Take small steps every day with these habits and watch your business thrive.
“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us”-John Dryden