How to Be More Productive
Does your work seem to keep piling up? You know that dinner needs to be made, laundry needs to be done, and so many more chores, but you just can’t seem to make yourself do it?
Welcome to the same boat of life.
I wish I knew the secret remedy that could magically give me motivation and strength. Even though I don’t, what I do know is ways to be proactive and combat all the chores piling up in your life.
First of all, remember to take care of yourself. This is one of the most important and easily forgotten tasks to do. For every person, this could look different. Taking care of myself for me means doing my skincare routine, watching my favorite show, sleeping in an hour late, journaling, or reading a book. This not only is good for your mind and heart but helps you reset yourself so that you can give and pour into your daily tasks, as well as friends and family.
Secondly, plan out your weeks. For my self-care Sundays, I like to sit down and plan out how my week will look. This gives me a visual idea of all the chores and work I need to accomplish for the week and keeps me accountable so that I can stay productive throughout the week.
Thirdly, reward yourself after you have finished your week or doing what you needed to get done. This ties into the first point as far as taking care of yourself but also gives you the motivation to get what you need to be done so that you can reward yourself.
Benyamin Elias writes in his article, “18 Habits of Highly Productive People: What Efficient People Have in Common” through sharing the top 18 ways to accomplish productivity. You can see the list below:
- Focus on most important tasks first
- Cultivate deep work
- Keep a distraction list to stay focused
- Use the Eisenhower Matrix to identify long-term priorities
- Use the 80/20 rule
- Break tasks into smaller pieces
- Take breaks
- Make fewer decisions
- Eliminate inefficient communication
- Find repeatable shortcuts
- Learn from successes as well as mistakes
- Plan for when things go wrong
- Work before you get motivated or inspired
- Don’t multitask
- Fill the tank — recharge
- Sharpen the axe
- Manage your energy (not just time)
- Get better at saying “no”
Hopefully, these tips can help you to be more productive and allow you to take some time to rest!