If you’re anything like me, you want to be more productive. There are a lot of things you can change in your daily routine that will boost your productivity. Every small change does makes a difference. Most productive people all have some routines in common that help boost their productivity. You’ve most likely heard that famous entrepreneur’s get up at 4am or have these crazy routines that seem so unrealistic. But not every change has to make you feel overwhelmed. Here are a few routines that you can test yourself…
There’s a reason you keep seeing highly successful people waking up earlier. Most of them know, and now you do too, that by the time 9am starts and everyone is just starting the day they have already hit a few targets for the day. There’s more to getting up early than just waking up and getting your work done. You also need to go to bed earlier and make sure you are getting enough sleep. I have on average 9 hours sleep a night and also get up early to be more productive. Part of waking up earlier means you also have to go to bed earlier.
Don’t wake up in the morning trying to figure out what needs to get done for the day. Instead, plan the night before. You will not only save time during the day, but if you have to scramble to plan the day out on the day it will cause internal stress and make it harder to accomplish anything. Besides that, having a set list of tasks to do will motivate you to wake up in the morning and get them done.
Spend some time each day, even 10 to 15 minutes is enough, doing nothing and switching off. You could be meditating during this time, but anything that will help you completely switch off from work and the constant stream of tasks will help you be more productive in the long run. Try doing a simple breathing meditation. Focus on your breath for up to 15 minutes. It sounds simple, but trust me it isn’t. Developing the skill to switch off will allow your mind to relax and unwind.
Taking in too much information will overwhelm your brain, taking up precious resources. Consuming more information tricks you into thinking you are being productive, whereas you are doing less work.
I have a friend who enjoys automating their life so much, he regularly tries to automate more and more of his life. He is one of the most process driven individuals I’ve met. He’s gotten it to the point where he has automated some of the messages he sends me. I personally think this is overboard, however it brings the idea of automation to mind. By removing the need to do a particular task in your life, you are saving previous time and brain power. Every small tasks you delegate or automate will allow you more time to focus on what needs to be done.
The power of habits can be seen in your daily life. Are there any habits in your life that you know aren’t good for you but you can’t seem to shake? The same way unhealthy habits are bad for you, developing healthy habits can make you highly productive. By spending time each day focusing on developing new habits you will create the person you want to be in 5, 10 or even 20 years.
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