The accomplished individuals have same number of hours in the day and yet they seem to be able to achieve so much more.
The secret is effective time management that’s focused on productivity.
The key here is “productivity”.
Many people aren’t doing much in the first place – so, unsurprisingly, there aren’t achieving more.
But then there are also those who are always busy and yet they lag behind. That’s because there’s a major difference between being busy and being productive.
(You can spend all your time doing something and still not achieve much!)
So, the bottom line is…
Those who do more every day, they effectively manage their time and then source that saved-time into doing something productive.
Of course, that’s easier said than done.
If it was easy, everyone would be achieving more, which would likely translate into more happiness.
To help you get started, here are 5 simple things you should do to be more productive every day:
1. Wake up early
The majority of successful people wake up early every morning and they all highly recommend this habit.
Aside from the holistic benefit of getting an early start every day (like you’re more productive in the wee hours), it’s also practical. When you wake up early, you now have more hours in your hand. Meaning, you can do more work and achieve whatever you want to achieve.
So, make it a point of getting up every day at least at 6 am; strive for 5 am.
2. Limit your time on social media
You know this too! You’re wasting a lot of time on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other platforms.
There are two cons to this:
One, you’re *actually* wasting time;
Two, when you’re consuming irrelevant, negative media, it adversely affects your psychology, which then disrupts your attention, drains your energy and make you less productive.
So, it’s imperative that you audit the time you spend on social media and cut back on it.
Sure, this change might not be as comfortable if you’re addicted to these social platforms. In such a case, you might want to consider seeing a therapist.
Social media is one of the greatest things today. But it also demands responsible usage. Sadly, that’s now what most of us are doing.
3. Detach self from unproductive friends
You’re only as good as the five people you spend most of your time with.
So, if those five individuals are unproductive, how could you expect yourself to be otherwise?
See the kind of people you hangout the most; audit the kind of influence they have on you.
Do they inspire you? Do they motivate you? Do they make you want to achieve more?
If no, you might want to detach yourself from that group. Spend as less of your time with them as possible.
Recommended Read: How to Get Rid of Toxic People From Your Life?
4. Speed it up
What should have taken an hour to complete, it took us over three hours.
It’s a common problem – usually with people who are doing something that they aren’t necessarily interested in. But that’s a whole different topic altogether.
The point is here that you must speed up whatever you’re doing and this is just as much about essentials like eating and commuting as working.
In the process, you would end up saving a significant amount of time.
So, don’t drag things for long. Be efficient. Complete your work quickly. The saved time, you can either invest in some more work or take some rest to re-vitalize yourself which will further boost your productivity.
5. Take care of your health
You can say ‘goodbye’ to being productive if you’re sick. It’s difficult to work – with the same interest – when you aren’t feeling good.
And this is equally about mental health as it is about physical health.
So, it’s essential that you properly take care of your wellbeing. It’s a key to achieve more in your days and life in general.
Get enough sleep every day. Eat healthy food. Have meals at the right time. Get some exercise without fail. When you are not feeling good, don’t be reluctant; seek professional help immediately.
These are five things you should do to improve your productivity.
Of course, there’s plenty more you can do. However, the changes in your lifestyle must be adopted progressively for an easy and convenient transition.
Again, being productive is not easy. It’s a hard-earned habit. But if you’re ready to put in the hard work, consistently, despite the discomfort, you’re virtually guaranteed to greater success and a happier life.