Sometimes, we can find that being productive is the hardest thing in the world as nothing seems to motivate us enough to get things done. Except of the big bad boss, of course. In such unfortunate times, when procrastination becomes our best friend, we must take initiative and boost our productivity in every possible and impossible way.
Therefore, in today’s post, we’re presenting you our top 18 tips and trick to boost your productivity in 2018.
Wake up Early
Not many people enjoy waking up early, but if you go to sleep at the right hour, like 10 pm, waking up at 5 am will not be as impossible as you imagine. Waking up earlier will give you the perfect time to get your things done and leverage more free time. You’ll also learn what commitment and self-discipline are, qualities that will drastically improve your overall productivity.
Reserve the First Hour of the Day for Yourself
Beginning the day in a hurry and stress to avoid being late again is not exactly a productivity booster. Therefore, if you wake up earlier, you can organize and commit to a morning ritual. Eat and drink your coffee in peace, take a shower, plan out your day, and prepare for work on your terms.
Exercise Every Morning
Exercising every morning, even if it’s just a rigorous stretching or a short jogging session, will prove to be a real productivity booster. It will improve your blood flow, improve your dopamine secretion, and give you great moods for the day -the perfect fresh start for a productive day.
Take a Cold Shower
Personally, I’m not a fan of cold showers, but whenever I want to improve my productivity I also take a cold shower. It’s like a wake-up call from all the laziness and procrastination that hogged you lately. If you don’t think it’s worth it, try seeing the benefits!
Create a Strict Schedule
Having a schedule is not for boring people, as many may think. Keeping your life and schedule in order is the best thing you can accomplish in life. So, start by crafting a realistic schedule and commit to sticking to it without exceptions.
Write a To-Do List Every Day
Implementing a habit such as writing your to-do list every morning will make your life easier. Firstly, you’ll no longer have so many things on your head, and your days will be more organized according to your priorities. Secondly, this habit will help you increase your productivity level by monotonizing – daily –how many tasks you are able to get done on an average day.
Many people work better while they listen to music, but if you’re a fan of music with lyrics, I suggest you find some songs in languages you don’t understand. Otherwise, your music will stand in your way towards productivity. Just try some ambient music or anything without lyrics. You won’t be disappointed.
Take as Many Small Breaks as You Need
Our brains are different, and all of us are focusing differently. Generally, allowing your mind to rest while you’re working many hours is truly beneficial. So, you’ll be more efficient and productive if you take 2 or 5 minutes break every 15-20 minutes worked.
Limit Your Social Media Usage
These days people spend countless hours on social media. That’s a sick habit, especially if the newsfeed is full of trivialities, gossip, and mems. If you truly want to improve your productivity, you have to free your mind of non-existential problems like “who liked my picture”, “what that person did in vacation”, and “what if I miss some important news”.
Use Do Not Disturb Mode While Working
Many people can’t help checking their phone whenever a notification pops up, even if usually is nothing important. Therefore, whenever you have to do something that requires your focus, turn on the do not disturb mode on your phone, so you’ll be sure that you won’t be tempted to check your phone.
Stop Reaching for Perfection
Sometimes, just because you’re too obsessed for everything to be flawless, you start procrastinating and end up with nothing. Remind yourself that things don’t have to be always perfect, so you’d better settle for “good enough” if you want to boost your productivity.
Focus on Your Growth
Regardless of knowledge and skills, there is always more for you to learn. Focus on growing both your personal and professional skills. Setting your mindset on growth will not only help you leverage new skills, but it also promotes productivity.
Unfollow and Unsubscribe
We follow a lot of silly pages on social media that fill our newsfeed with poor-quality and unimportant posts. Just unfollow those pages and follow instead interesting pages that will bring value to your newsfeed.
The practice of mindfulness is a sweet escape from today’s stressful atmosphere and from negative energies around us. It’s about taking your time to live in the present moment. Just observe what is happening, how you’re feeling and why you’re feeling like that. Practicing mindfulness daily will change your perspective about life and will undoubtedly improve your productivity.
Multitasking is an enemy of productivity. Take one thing at a time even if the time keeps pressing you. Stop giving so much importance on a thing that you can’t control but manage – time – and focus on your job.
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Prepare Your Tomorrow Outfit Before You Go to Sleep
This is one of the things my mother was obsessed with when I was little. And guess what? She was right, again. Planning your next day is really a good habit that will save you a lot of time that you usually don’t have in the morning.
No Screens Before Sleep
Just put your phone away. It radiates you and loses your time most of the times. Close the TV and read a book or meditate instead. Avoiding any screens for 1 to 2 hours before you go to sleep is a practice that’ll improve your night sleep and ultimately your productivity levels. Simple as that.
There is so much you can do about your productivity; you just need to start taking action in this way. Limit yourself a bit here and there every day and you’ll notice improvements as the days are passing by. Use our strategies consistently and start thriving!