Tips on how to be productive every day
It’s the second month into the new year, and you might be struggling to keep a consistent routine of fulfilling those goals you promised yourself in the beginning. In a 2016 study only 9% of the participants reported keeping their goals to the end of the year, but you don’t have to be a part of this statistic! It’s all about consistency and turning these goals into habits you practice every day. Here are some tips on how to have a productive day every day:
Wake up early every day, even on your days off!
It has been proven that waking up early leads to success because there are less distractions and more time to get things done. Your schedule might look different each day, but don’t wake up at different times. It’s important to wake up at the same time every day to train your mind and keep things consistent. You don’t get to have longer days and slower mornings if you get that extra hour of sleep in. The hardest part is getting out of bed, but once you are you’ll already feel better about your day. Take this extra time in the morning to make some coffee and reflect on how you’re feeling.
Make a to-do list.
This might sound childish, but having a physical copy of what you need to get done for the day helps with productivity. Visualizing what you have to do will make you feel less overwhelmed than just having it all floating in your head. It’s a satisfying feeling to check things off a list and see what you’ve accomplished; however, if you don’t care for paper and pen, I recommend downloading Microsoft To Do, because it has a simple layout and still has the satisfying checkboxes.
Figure out a time to exercise that works best for you.
The only way to have a consistent workout routine is if you have a set time put aside to exercise or move your body for at least 30 minutes each day. Some people prefer to work out first thing in the mornings to get it out of the way, and others like to make it the last thing they do of the day to help with their sleep. It all depends on your needs and your schedule. Making exercising every day a habit will redact any room for the “I don’t have time” excuse!
Set timers during work to make increments for breaks.
Burnout is the worst feeling when you plan on having a productive day. We think that in order to be productive we need to work nonstop, but the truth is we still need breaks throughout the day. Set a timer for one hour to work that entire time straight, and then for 15-30 minutes, depending on how much spare time you have, take time to just breathe. Repeat this once or twice depending on how much work you have. Get some lunch, make calls to your loved ones, get a power nap in; do something that will put your mind at ease for a few minutes.
Most importantly, establish a night routine that will ease you into bed.
People overlook sleep as one of the most important factors when it comes to being productive. It’s important to fall asleep without your phone attached to you to clear your mind. If you need some ideas on how to curate the best night routine, Habits has a blog on sleep tips. Sleep is linked to every part of your day; you won’t want to wake up early with too little sleep.