Are you wondering how to be more productive in life? If you are like most people, you are trying your best to become a better, highly productive version of you. You are applying every behavior-management tool and strategy at your disposal to try and improve your daily productivity. Maybe you have tried so hard to remove the distractions that you think are derailing your progress, but you are now feeling overwhelmed. Worry not as this article will help you overcome any challenge that’s keeping you from making your life more productive.
First off, you need to understand that productivity isn’t just about toiling and sweating your cobs off. It is more about achieving what you need to accomplish over a specified period of time. Do you need to complete a report before lunchtime? Or do you need to sleep undisturbed for 8 hours?
If you can succeed in completing your task within a reasonable time-frame, then you are a productive person. However, if you are always feeling lazy when you think about your upcoming tasks, or you have a tendency of procrastinating important activities in your life (you even procrastinate meals and sleep), then you have a problem.
In your journey to becoming a highly productive person, patience and discipline are of paramount importance. You are unproductive today because of the multiple bad habits you’ve cultivated over a long period of time, consciously or otherwise, so you shouldn’t expect to make an overnight turnaround. Target to make small adjustments each day, and you’ll eventually achieve more lasting changes. Hiring the services of a life coach, who can help you throughout the journey of finding your best self and excelling in every path that you choose, is highly advisable.
But, it is possible to achieve permanent change within a shorter time than you think. The key here is to have a clear vision and workable strategies that will help you achieve that vision. We welcome you to read the tips below that will help you to create explosive productivity within the shortest time possible.
Tips For Making Your Life More Productive
Break down your ultimate goals into small tasks
Before you start setting timelines for your life-changing idea, first break it down into small, easy to accomplish goals. Big goals can sometimes be overwhelming because their scope always seems to be too large to comprehend. The good thing is that even the most significant projects in life can be reduced into a series of small, short-term projects.
Only handle what you can and outsource the rest
If you would concentrate your focus only on the activities that you can comfortably handle in a day, you would always accomplish more. Being productive doesn’t mean multitasking or pushing yourself off-limits. Train your brain to have a mono-maniacal focus on the important stuff so that you can be effective in them. Try to have the much-needed mental and physical discipline to overlook any distractions that come your way and you will be on your way to greatness. When your skills (or interest) are insufficient for a given task, don’t shy away from outsourcing the necessary skills elsewhere as you work towards bettering your own skills.
Use past mistakes as your guiding light into the future
Stop beating yourself up for not achieving what you wanted to achieve when in college or before getting married. It is time to appreciate the fact that you are where you are right now, and no amount of self-loathing will change that fact. The only way you can change the course of your life for the better is if you use your past mistakes as a blueprint of the things you should and shouldn’t do. You aren’t unworthy or incapable; you can become more productive by having the will to take risks, try new things, and keep moving, no matter how small the steps.
End your time-wasting activities
If an activity is not essential, avoid doing it at a time when you want to get something important done. For example, don’t chat on WhatsApp deep into the night when you want to sleep early and rise early. Don’t check your Facebook newsfeed in the mid-morning hours when you want to beat a lunch-time deadline. Instead, take a walk to relax your mind and enjoy the scenery. Clear up your mind and start thinking more openly.
Reward yourself whenever you make progress
Rewarding yourself with the things you love after accomplishing every target, no matter how small, will encourage you to keep going. The reward, in this case, doesn’t have to be expensive or worth any money. It can be as simple a reward as a cup of coffee or an afternoon nap.
Rilind Elezaj is a results-oriented human resource professional with extensive experience as a Career Coach. He has worked in previous roles as a senior-level human resource manager, HR consultant and executive recruiter for leading organizations. In September 2014 he became a Certified Career Coach, and he continuously develop his coaching skills and practice.