How many times have you found yourself wishing you could get so much more accomplished on a daily basis? Maybe you struggle to even get started or you just get hung up on the details. The following strategies will help you to ignite your productivity and get things done.
1. Be realistic about what you want to accomplish in a day. If you set a goal of completing 30 tasks in a day and you only finish 10 of them, you probably won’t feel very productive.
- Your goals should be achievable and make sense within the parameters of your life.
2. Wake up earlier. Perhaps you need an extra hour to get things done. Try waking up at 7:00 a.m. instead of 8:00 a.m. and see how that works. Propose in your mind to use that first few minutes or hours of each day to complete any tasks you carried over from the previous day. Getting those minor chores done in the first hours can also set you on a very productive frame of mind.
3. Make daily to-do-lists. There is a saying that; “If you can conceive it, you can achieve it!” Therefore write down a list of things you can conceivably accomplish in a day. Once you have a concrete list in front of you, it’s a lot easier to get started and stick to a plan. Tick off or put a line through each job as you complete it as this also helps you easily transition between tasks since you won’t have to ponder what’s next.
- Keep your list and schedule in a spiral notebook. When you look back at all you’ve accomplished, you’ll feel great! Treat yourself whenever a difficult task is accomplished.
- Working from a list is not only motivating, but it also gives you a feeling of success.
4. Pick an hour to work on tasks you’ve been avoiding. It is so easy to write reminders on those sticky notes to jog our memories about those tasks we find most tedious or those small jobs that seem unimportant. Religiously set apart sometime everyday to concentrate on carrying out those lingering and frustrating tasks you tend to push aside. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can get them done.
5. Acknowledge when a task is no longer necessary. Sometimes things we put on our “To-Do” lists no longer need to get done. Recognize the completion of tasks no matter who does them.
- Maybe somebody else helped out and completed the chore before you had a chance to get it done. That’s okay.
- If a task is no longer relevant, it’s acceptable to let it go.
- Deciding a project is unnecessary gives you a sense of achievement because you are still moving forward.
6. Limit interruptions. If you’re at the office, let your phone calls go to voice mail for an hour while you get your work done. If you’re at home, avoid answering phones or responding to texts during that hour you proposed to work.
- If you don’t use your time wisely, somebody somewhere will use it for you somehow. Always stick to your list in order to keep your momentum going.
7. Return all phone calls each day. After you’re done working for the day, set aside time to return any calls you missed. If you keep putting that off, your list of people to call back will continue to accumulate. When you return calls daily, it’ll keep your momentum going.
- Although you may not be able to reach every person, always leave a message that you returned their call. At least they’ll know that you’ve made an effort to get back to them.
Planning and accomplishing a daily list of tasks will help you to feel a sense of success. If you follow these productivity tips, you’ll consistently finish the things that you need to get done. You’ll love the way you feel when you light the flame of productivity!
Acknowledge what you’ve accomplished at the end of each day. Look at your list. Congratulate yourself on a job well done! Celebrate the fact that you were effective and productive. Whether you crossed off one large task or seven small ones, you made progress.