Work smarter not harder! Today I want to share 3 great tips to you on how to become more productive. You see, there is a big difference in working hard instead of working smart. If you can combine the 2 you are going to crush your goals faster than you might think is possible. They all work great for me and am pretty sure that they will work for you also if you implement them.
There is, of course, many ways to become more productive and get things done, however, these 3 tips I want to share with you are very easy to implement and you could get started right away with this 3.
How to become more productive?
Ok, so below I will list 3 great (and easy to implement) things that you can get started with right away and if you do, you might just end up crushing your current goals much faster than you could ever imagine.
Ok, let´s jump right into it. Here they are:
1: Make a list
It has been proven over and over again (if you have tried it you don´t even need proof you just know).
ALL humans work a lot better if they have a list.
Create daily lists and knock all the stuff on it out each and every day.
Your daily list should be based on a “bigger” list for the whole months, that is part of a bigger list for a 3-month period… That is part of a bigger list that is based out of a 1 year period.
A nice bonus from this is that it is also good for A LOT of other things 😉
2: Eliminate ALL distractions
This one is VERY important, yet many (am guilty too sometimes) seem to forget, or not take this one seriously enough.
Turn of your TV!
Turn off your music!
Turn of your phone (unless you are waiting for some important phone call)
You better believe that this is important because it is…
Also, do NOT check your e-mail throughout the whole day, only check it once in the morning and maybe once at night max… More than that will only be a waste of time, energy… and most “dangerously” it WILL distract you from what you really should be focusing on.
3: Stand up when you work
This tip is one that I didn´t adapt until pretty recently, but this has also been proven over and over again to make you more productive as your brain will work better and you will also feel more confident while standing instead of sitting down.
As a bonus, your back will thank you for this as sitting is NOT very good for your back muscles and bones.
If you find this hard, at least make sure to stand up and walk around, do some push-ups or something for 5-minute breaks, every 45 minutes… Set your alarm clock if needed.
There you go! This 3 tips you can start implementing right away and if you stick to them for 3-4 weeks you will (most likely) notice that you are moving FAST towards your goals and you might just have to set new ones 😉
I hope you found this short post on how to become more productive to be helpful and now you should be able to get started right away. Please, if you have any questions or if you got some great tips then share it with us in the comment section below as it can help both me and others.
I wish you success!
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Antoinette Song, PhD says
I loved your post because it is so practical. Making a list is certainly the first step I know from my personal experience, because I have to do so many things in a day, time always seem short. Making a list help me organize and be more effective.
Eliminating distractions is complicated, especially if you depend on the emails and phone to conduct business.
Stand up for work is very pertinent because the body can become stressed because of the pressure of work, event intellectual work. Standing, walking around and even making some exercise allow blood flow and body realignment.
Agree that the distraction part is the hardest… But it is important and before I checked my inbox as soon as I got an e-mail… Not recommended… I mean… Your biz will not fall only because you don´t reply within a couple of hours.
Thank you for your comment,
Good afternoon John,
Soon the new year will start and that is the time to make some good changes in life. Your post gives some good ideas how to do that as we are all interested to be more productive.
I am definitely a list maker, have done so for many years. What I have not done up till now is a list for the far away future. My lists are more like what do I have to do this week.
When there is real silence it is so much easier to concentrate and you also get more quality work done.
I must confess I sit down when I work. What I do try is to go down stairs on a regular basis like that there is some blood flow in my legs. Thank you for these 3 great tips.
First of all, thank you for your comment,
second of all, I know that new years eve is the day when people set new goals… I also know that around 80% of them goals will never be accomplished… The common reason for this is that the person who have set the goal give up…
It becomes so obvious in the gym… Half January it is packed… after that… it goes back to normal…
Why wait until New Year to set a goal for yourself is my philosophy.
Thanks again for your comment