Productivity is giving the right input to get quality output.
There are certain things which highly successful and organized people achieved due to their sheer dedication and focus.
When you have a lot of to-do list, there is a certainty that you can get overwhelmed and let the day pass without actually getting the work done.
The struggle to even start the next day due to procrastinating a single agenda can lead to a lot of stress. We can find many productivity apps to get our work done without wasting much time.
A set routine will help to give you a structure to your day and give room to all the work that needs to be done.
Here are 10 tips that can help you improve your scheduling and plan your day productively.
1. Plan Your Day In Advance
Planning a day before or before a night. Planning your to-do list will help accomplish more. Having the schedule right in front of you will keep the focus intact and let the day run smoothly.
2. Tighten Up The Morning Schedule
Most of the people spent more than required time on the work which doesn’t require first attention. For e.g. you might need to the emails but it isn’t urgent. Doing emails can take up a lot of time.
3. Focus On The Frog
Eat the live frog first thing in the morning and the rest of the day will be pretty easy going in comparison. Eating the live frog means doing the most annoying or difficult task first thing in the morning. Hence the latter part of the day is more relaxed and less daunting.
4. No Screen Time Until Breakfast
Our phone is part of our lives and thinking not to use the phone can be stressful. But cutting down on phone time before breakfast can actually lead a more productive life. You can use that phone scrolling time to actually make your bed, eat some breakfast or do some exercise.
5. Start With Exercise
Starting your day with some kind of exercise can lead to positive thoughts and have the energy for the entire day. Exercise releases GABA hormone, a neurotransmitter which calms the brain and keeps you in control of impulses.
6. Eat Real Breakfast
Not something store-bought or out of a carton. Make a smoothie bowl or a smoothie with fruits you like or even an egg on a toast. A simple healthy breakfast can kick-start your day on a right note. Not eating breakfast at all can spike your blood sugar levels and tend to be hungry in the later day.
7. Declutter Your Workspace
Even before you actually start to work, declutter any papers, pins, coffee mugs (if any) from your work desk. Having a clear, neat desk space will give you positive feels and let you work freely.
8. Monitor Your Goals
Once your live frog is out of the way. Focus on doing at least 3 small goals of the day. Whether it is a meeting you need to schedule or a dentist appointment or just a phone call, do it before you forget again.
9. Don’t Multitask
You must have heard multitasking is good for your brain but the truth is that it confuses the brain to which work to prioritize. Instead, focus on one goal at a time and give it your 100% and move on to next.
10. Say No
No is a powerful word while there is a certain strong meaning behind it. If you are uncertain about a work which you can’t finish before deadline never takes that work and say that you may be able to finish it.
If you are uncertain, try getting a deadline extension. Saying “no” more will make you less stressful and more productive.