Sometimes life can get in the way of us truly being the most productive we need to, but good news! We can instantly change that with just these 7 easy ways to be more productive throughout the day.
Wake Up Early
We're starting off with the hard one here! It may seem cliche, but getting the most out of your day starts with an early wake. If you're not a morning person, no one is telling you to wake up at 5 instead of 7. Try setting your alarm for 15-30 minutes earlier than normal and actually discipline yourself get up. Your body will thank you and you'll have much more time to get your tasks done.
Before you go to bed at night, take 5 minutes to set your goals and what you want to accomplish out of the next day so when you wake up, you know exactly what you need to do. Be careful not to plan too much into your calendar though. If you put too many tasks that you know you can't finish, it can overwhelm you and actually be counter-productive.
Focus on You
Many times we feel that our days revolve around either work or doing things for others, but you are the most important person of your day. Whether it be a few minutes of meditation in the morning, going to your favorite pilates class at night, or watching your favorite tv show at the end of the day, always take time to do something for yourself during the day, and never feel selfish about doing so.
Give Yourself Breaks
No one can go 100% throughout the entire day. We're just not wired that way as humans. If you have to set an alarm to take a mental break for 5-10 minutes each hour, do so. Take this time to get up from your desk, walk outside, scroll through your Instagram feed or whatever it is to give yourself a mental break. This will help you reset your brain and take on your tasks without feeling like you're missing out or burning out.
Write Down Your Thoughts
Physically. Some people may benefit from jotting down notes in your phone, but I find that if something is on my mind or if I'm easily being distracted by something, writing it down on a note pad helps me get the thought out and I don't focus on it nearly as much.
Life is all about appreciating the little things, so if you had a kick-ass day, why not reward yourself with something positive? Plus, if you know you'll get a reward at the end of the day if you achieved your goals, you'll have something to look forward to!
Make it a Routine
Following these steps for only one day may help you be more productive that day, but if you want long-lasting results and an overall productive life, you're going to need to make these a habit, especially the one about putting yourself first!
You can only form good habits if you are mentally aware of what you are doing, so be conscious of your actions, the way you perceive your tasks, and try to incorporate these positive attributes and thoughts to your overall daily life.
Comment below some of your favorite ways to stay productive throughout the day!