It seems like January was just yesterday when you sat down to make your resolutions for 2017. What do you know, it's August! Way past half year—in fact, we're sprinting rapidly towards December. How far have you gone down your list of accomplishments? Have you been keeping track? How are you going to turn on your productivity superhero powers, come January of 2018?
Turns out, accomplishing goals takes discipline. And the more disciplined you are, the more likely you are to accomplish your goals. You may be guilty of procrastinating or simply find the idea of shifting out of your comfort zone to be mind-boggling, especially if you have to put up with a new task. And you look at people who work without a haste, wondering how on earth they accomplish all they do.
But their mantra can’t be that difficult, can it? It’s really not. In fact, you can easily incorporate these six steps into your lifestyle, and watch your productivity skyrocket.
Of course, discipline is key. You can build habits all you want, but they won't get you anywhere if you don't stick to them!
Create a to-do list the night before
It’s one of those tips you hear everywhere but don't really pay attention to. You don’t need a fancy diary to keep track of your tasks, just take out a piece of paper, write the date and all the chores and tasks that you are expecting to get done by tomorrow. This includes house chores, office tasks, maybe even meeting or calling someone important.
The idea of this step is simply to make you look at your day as a whole and let you know if it’s possible or not. Sometimes you might plan way more than what you can accomplish in a day.
Maybe today, going for a bowling ball game may not be as important as working on your report that’s due in a couple of days. We will always have priorities for all the work we do. Write a number next to each task, the first priority being number 1, the second 2, and so on. That will let you know how your day is going to go and might even help you mark off some least priority items on the list!
Pomotodo: your superhero at work
We bumped into this app called Pomotodo (based on the famous Pomodoro technique) which is simply a 25-minute timer that keeps you focused for 25 minutes and then lets you have a 5-minute break before you can go to work again. This app is especially for the ones who cannot segment proper timings for work and relaxation. An average person can do a set of four Pomotodos in one go.
Or find your own superhero combo
There are many productivity and time management tools available on the internet. At first, it might seem counterintuitive to waste your already precious time getting lost in tools and apps you may never use. But once you find the right combination of technology, you'll be amazed by how much you can accomplish. First, find out what you need. A calendar? A to-do list? A combination of both? Next, spend some time doing research about what people have used before and read reviews. Then download the app and test it out for a few days. Repeat the process until you have the right combination of tools that help you get the most done. Erase the rest from your computer and your memory.
Find creative ways to spend your free time
How you spend your free time also determines how you work. If you spend all of your free time surfing on the internet and laughing at memes, well, you’re not going to have a very productive day. Keep your phone and laptop use minimum. Take a walk, have some organic tea, and maybe even do some quick exercises. Tasks like these can rejuvenate you and charge you up with energy and positivity for the next task.
No pressure, please!
We often seem to do a lot of multitasking at once and spoil everything. Or if we have a task, we tend to stuff ourselves on energy drinks and snacks all night just to get it done. Stop doing that! You might get the work done, but the next day you will feel worse. Always finish your work at the right time and don’t make yourself work too much!
Remember, everyone can procrastinate. The key is to climb out of it.
What are some techniques you use to stay focused and productive? Are there issues you struggle with, that we haven't listed? Share in the comments below!