Being more productive and using your time wisely can be challenging. It’s hard to remain motivated to want to get tasks checked off your to-do list, but it isn’t impossible. With the right tools, advice and system in place, you’ll soon be on your way to a more productive life.
Productivity is key to being not only successful in what you do but also happy. It allows you to find your own self-worth; or push yourself to new limits; or evolve into a better version of you, whose habits are beneficial and mind-focused.
By learning to be more productive, despite productivity being a difficult skill to master, you’ll instantly find yourself in an improved place. You’ve just got to harness those skills and adapt them to suit your lifestyle. There is no one-size-fits-all here, it’s about learning what matters to you and ultimately, what actually works within your personal life.
Forbes describe 9 habits that will force you into a more productive life; however, I would recommend that you prioritise just 3 of those:
- Half your to-do list.
- Take more breaks throughout your day.
- Create a (useful and purposeful) system.
From my point of view, once you being to utilise these 3 elements within your everyday life, you’ll soon be on your way to a more productive life.
Half your to-do list:
Increasing your productivity levels, you’ve got one of two options: you can either decrease your workload or reduce the amount of time you have to dedicate to each task.
By halving your to-do list, or alternatively, prioritising 3-5 tasks (at most), you are able to achieve more without feeling overwhelmed, and therefore, put off by your workload. I’d recommend that you do the most daunting, boring or challenging task first; as that way, it’s ticked off and avoids procrastination.
Take more breaks throughout your day:
This is important for achieving maximum productivity. You need to allow yourself to experience and embrace, downtime. By allowing yourself regular rest-breaks to grab a coffee, get a bit of fresh air or if you are anything like me, an hour to catch-up on your favourite Netflix show, you’ll prevent what I’d label ‘burnout’.
When trying to find your most productive self, you don’t want to overpush it. You need to find a happy medium; somewhere in between wasting time and finding the potential of 24-hours each-and-every day.
Rest-breaks allow your brain to recuperate and re-focus when you return to your task at hand.
Create a (useful and purposeful) system:
By ‘useful and purposeful’ system, I am talking about a method for staying organised; for example: a planner, calendar or task list; this is where bullet journaling has its place within the pursuit of finding ultimate productivity levels.
When using a bullet journal system of organisation you are able to combine the prioritisation of tasks with ‘breaks’ throughout your day to overall find an increasingly productive way of being.
Within the set-up of my weekly journal pages, I layout my day into important appointments/events/tasks, my general to-dos and then notes. I am able to set forth my top 3-5 major tasks, as mentioned above, in their own section. This makes them easy to view; and therefore, I feel motivated to just get them ticked off and done for the day.
As for the regular rest-breaks, they take place when I am editing my journal entries or weekly spreads, jotting down notes to remember certain memories or when pre-planning for the week ahead. Now, this might not sound like rest-breaks, but I view them to be creative time set aside not only for getting more organised but also self-care.
Therefore, I am to locate my productivity levels within my bullet journal alone due to its visual capabilities. I enjoy being physical able to see (using my colour coding system) all that I have achieved in one day; because of this, I often feel inspired to do more the following day. There is a pattern occurring here. It’s a loop of productive-like habits; of which, over time become deeply embedded positive habits that could change one’s outlook on what it means to be organised, and in control of life more generally.
Do you struggle with productivity or organisation? Have you learnt ways to overcome these challenges and ultimately, are you now more productive than before?
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