Get ready to look deep within and get motivated. Here are 11 ways to make yourself happier and more productive. You can start changing your life today!
Wouldn’t it be great to get more stuff done?
You may think that you’re currently not productive, but there are ways to change that.
Perhaps you’re focusing on too many things at once, or there are too many distractions.
Whatever it may be, when you learn how to budget your time, you’ll feel a lot better about yourself.
Look deep within and figure out what it is you need to get motivated. When you follow through with your goals, you’ll live life to the fullest.
Here are 11 ways to double down and make use of your valuable time.
1. Learn More by Reading
There are always ways to learn and grow, so consider reading more about a topic that interests you.
Productivity books are everywhere, and they’re a great way to learn how to use your time.
And if you want to master a new skill, books are an excellent place to start. Read about something that interests you, then put it into practice!
2. Focus on One Goal at a Time
If you have a ton of goals you want to conquer, way to be a go-getter! But if you have too many goals, you’ll get overwhelmed and won’t do anything.
Instead, focus on one goal at a time.
Dedicate time to one goal until you accomplish it. If you want to read a book a week, schedule time each day to sit down and read. Over time, it’ll become a habit.
After completing your first goal (nice work!), move onto others. Before you know it, you’ll have achieved all sorts of great things.
3. Shush Your Negative Voice
If you find yourself getting weighed down by negativity, don’t allow it to take over. Instead, calm your brain and try to be more positive.
Negative thoughts can send you into a downward spiral. Fear, especially, can take a toll on your productivity.
One thing you can do to counteract fear is to focus on one thing at a time. Goals will seem more doable if you take a step-by-step approach.
Your inner critic can make you doubt yourself, but it’s up to you to shine.
4. Ask for Some Help
If a single task is eating up your day and stressing you out, why not ask for help?
For example, if you need something explained at work, it’s okay to consult with a co-worker. Moving forward, you’ll know what to do and feel confident in your ability.
Asking for help isn’t weak. It can improve your productivity because you’ll know what to do in the future.
5. Figure Out Your Most Productive Hours
To maximize your productivity, figure out when you get the most done. It could be in the morning or at night. Capitalize on those times and get to work.
Experiment until you find at least two hours where you can get a lot done without distraction.
6. Find an Accountability Buddy
Want someone to check in on you and make sure you’re working toward your goals? Find a friend who can keep you accountable.
For instance, if your goal is to lose weight, ask them to call you every day to remind you to go to the gym. They might even want to come and work out with you.
Getting fit (or accomplishing any goal) will be easier if you have someone cheering you on.
7. Declutter Your Home
If the clutter in your apartment is distracting you, get rid of it.
Your kitchen may be cluttered with random accessories and old food.
There’s a simple solution:
Organize your kitchen!
It’ll look more inviting, and you’ll feel better when everything is in its place. Then, you can organize the rest of your home, too.
The messes are only going to get worse, so do yourself a favor and straighten things up now.
8. Give Away Your TV
Okay, we’re not suggesting you literally give away your TV.
But you have to admit that watching TV takes up a lot of your time.
Don’t sit around watching others get successful when you should be busy making your dreams come true.
Spend less time watching television and more time working on getting stuff done.
9. Be on Time
Whether you have an appointment or an urgent deadline, always be on time.
Everyone runs late once in a while. But, there are things you can do to avoid being late. Get up earlier or set aside your outfit the night before (or do both).
You must do whatever it takes to always be on time.
Showing up late is rude. And, it can put a wrench in your plans for the rest of the day.
Do your best to follow a schedule and be on time. You’ll set yourself up for success.
10. Take Advantage of Your Commute
Driving can steal hours from your day. Why not use that time to be productive?
Practice a presentation out loud or plan for an upcoming meeting. You can also listen to audiobooks (which is great if you don’t have time to read).
If you take public transportation to work, use the bus or train as a mobile office. Start your workday before you even arrive at your job, and you’ll give yourself a head start!
11. Have Some Fun
It’s important to stay grounded and dedicated, but you can still have fun.
Don’t forget to reward yourself for your hard work by getting outside and doing something you love.
You’ll be ready to head back to the real world feeling refreshed and motivated.
We hope these productivity tips send you off in the right direction. As you find ways to get more done, you’ll accomplish more goals.
And, you’ll feel happier knowing you’re reaching for the stars and giving it your all.
Soon enough, you’ll know what it takes to excel and grow in every area of your life!
Dominique Daniels is the Business Manager for Broadstone Pullman.