Sometimes it can feel like 24 hours is not enough for a single day. Don’t worry if you’ve felt this way, you’re not the only one. Unfortunately, those 24 hours are all we have but that doesn’t mean they can’t be enough. It’s all about becoming disciplined and managing our time well. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.
Make a to-do list
A key component to being as productive as possible is to make a list. By making a list, you can get a good grasp on what needs to be done and stick with it. There are a lot of great ways to make a list, whether you do it with an app on your phone or computer or you just stick with old fashioned pen and paper. Some people even suggest making a “not to do list”, where you make a list of 25 goals you’d like to achieve, circle the 5 most important and then ignore the other 20. Those 20 you’re ignoring would be distractions that stop you from making the most out of your list.
Do your least favorite task first
Something to think about when attempting to have a productive day is doing your least favorite task first. If you continue to put off your least favorite task, your productivity may drop because you’re trying to avoid that task. A great tip is to start your day by doing that undesirable task, that way it’s a lot easier to avoid procrastination. A popular book titled Eat That Frog by top-selling author Brian Tracy is inspired by a quote once said by Mark Twain; “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day”. The book delves into this idea and argues why it’s easier to avoid procrastination if you complete your most difficult task first.
One of the most important parts of having a productive day is to take regular breaks. Most people can’t stay focused for eight hours straight, and even if you can it may not be the best for your productivity. Some people might like to take a break to check their social media, or perhaps go on a walk to clear their head or get their blood pumping. A popular break method known as the Pomodoro Technique involves working in sprints, not marathons. The technique advises working in 25-minute stretches, each followed by a 5-minute break. After 4 of those 25-minute stretches, you get to take one long 15-minute break.
While having your most productive day ever may seem like an impossible feat at times, it’s fully achievable with a myriad of different tricks. The tips I’ve provided may not work for everyone, and that’s totally fine. Strive to find the methods that work best for you, and you’ll be having a productive day in no time.