Want to become more thoughtful with your time? You know we always got you. Being productive hits different when you’re used to procrastination. People who are efficient in their everyday life seem to have similar habits in check. What sets them apart? Consistency.
They’re the people who have a daily action plan, incorporate healthy habits throughout the day, and prioritize their sleeping schedule. Whether it’s one or all of these examples, the more positive habits you acquire, the better you’ll get with your time management, and your days will be something you want to seize. Read on for 10 things productive people do to live their best life and to ultimately work smarter, not harder.
1. Meditate or journal in the morning
To keep you calm, balanced, and anxiety-free. Journaling is the first step on your journey to being productive because if you are able to center your thoughts and emotions, you will be focused with the next task at hand.
2. Finish a task before starting a new one.
Focusing on one thing at a time is beneficial for productivity because it leaves less room for error. There’s a time and place for multitasking—use your best judgement when it comes to delegating your time.
3. Do the task they dread the most, first.
Get it out of the way. Then enjoy the rest of your day.
4. Think outside the box.
By keeping a creative mind, you are actively trying to figure out how to get tasks done faster and more efficiently.
By having to-do lists in order of priority, you can knock out what needs to be done in order of importance.
6. Have healthy sleep habits.
Keeping a regular sleep schedule will also help you stick to a routine. A consistent routine may be just the thing you need to boost productivity.
7. Consciously plan meals.
Healthy food choices allow for clear thinking and increase brain power, which helps you with your overall quality of life. And allocating and planning your meals ahead will save you time throughout the day.
8. Follow the two-minute rule.
David Allen is a productivity guru who says, “If it takes two minutes or less, do it now.” In a working setting, an example of this is if you have an email, respond to it right away instead of letting it sit and flood your inbox. See it, read it, respond, and move on.
9. Stick with a workout schedule.
For most productive people, a workout isn’t bucketed as a chore; instead, it’s their scheduled self-care time.
10. Take advantage of the "focus" feature on their phone.
Limiting the number of overwhelming notifications you get throughout your workday can increase productivity.
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