It’s always tough getting out of a warm and cozy bed in the morning to prepare for work, more especially if you’ve got lots of things scheduled for the day ahead. At that point, you might find yourself thinking how you’d get the energy to face the challenges and do all the things you need to do all within the day.
Is it a daily chore, meeting up with friends, spending time with family, work. Or trying to get a gift for a loved one.
Irrespective of what your plans are, we present five tips that if properly utilised can help increase productivity and help you achieve a positive and fulfilling day as much as possible.
Prepare for the Day Ahead
Have it in mind that your most productive day doesn’t start the minute your alarm clock goes off, rather it starts right from the previous night. The night before is the appropriate time to plan by thinking about what the next day should be like and the things you can do to prepare for it.
Don’t get us wrong here as we are not talking about you spending most of the evening you need to relax, planning for the next day. Rather, by completing simple tasks such as preparing the clothes you’d wear and completing an assignment due to be submitted the next day will give you ample time to leave the house sooner than you usually do, added to the fact that you’d be more relaxed the following morning because all you’d have to do is take a shower and have a light meal because your mind knows that you’ve saved time and prevented stress.
Get Your Body In The Groove By Exercising
Research has shown that one of the best ways you can motivate yourself and get prepared for the day ahead is to get your body moving by exercising.
Don’t get us wrong here, we don’t mean you have to get out of bed and go on a 5 mile jog; as little as 15 minutes of exercise has been proven to wake people up and give them a positive mindset for the day ahead. There’s no specific form of exercise you are restricted to, the choice is yours as long as you can get your heart pumping and your body in the right frame and shape.
Remember to have a healthy breakfast the moment you’re done exercising so as to provide your body with the necessary energy for the day ahead.
Have a To-Do List
Anytime you know you have a busy day ahead, what is usually frustrating and of paramount concern is knowing what and when to perform the numerous tasks on your list. It could even get more difficult for you if you forget the things you previously had scheduled to do and this is where a to-do list comes in handy as it can help you achieve what you plan to everyday.
To-do lists come in different forms and types and as such work in different ways and manner for different people. It is important a list that spells out the things you need to do and the time you need to do them. A smart phone application could also help you keep track of what you need to do and it also notifies you appropriately.
Prioritize and Focus
Having the ability to multitask is great but it isn’t the only thing that makes you productive. When going through your to do list, think of what your priorities are and let them be the centre of your focus.
Try not to take on too many things at once as this may limit your ability to become focused. In this way, you’re more likely to be able to complete set out tasks more thoroughly and quickly than when you juggle between five tasks at once.
Remember to relax every now and again, doing the things you enjoy doing. It could be that you enjoy taking a cup of tea of coffee from time to time, this would renew your energy. And remember to relive the things you’ve accomplished at the end of the day and celebrate yourself for the things you’ve achieved. Having a sense of accomplishment will help to put you in a positive frame of mind and ensure you remain as productive as ever.
And that is it! Five easy tips to follow that would help you have a productive day. Once you follow these tips for a few days, it will gradually become a habit and would be much easier to achieve.