Living in the 21st century, in the era of modern technologies, business and purposeful self-motivated people, the habit of improving one’s personality takes precedence in people’s life. There are more and more productive people who take care of their daily routine and are eager to share their recipes for a successful life with the rest of the world. I believe I am a lucky person, being surrounded by successful and efficient people. And after years of communication with them, I come up with top 8 things most productive people do in their daily routine.
Start off your day early
There are tons of great benefits from early rising. There is a famous quote of American politician Benjamin Franklin, who said: “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” The saying should be accepted as the universal truth. In my opinion, early rising is a synonym to productivity and one of the best ways to start off your day in a right mood, taking advantages of all the extra time, thinking carefully of future plans, taking a deep breath and starting to work. If we read biographies about habits of productive people, most of them are early risers, and each of them dedicates morning time to something special: some of them write books, read news, or just ponder and make notes. Developing the habit of waking up early is like cultivating any other habit. It takes discipline and commitment.
Plan your day
We all have the same amount of time every day, but we all don’t use it the same way. Thinking out of important things and writing down your daily tasks is the best habit most productive people do. It definitely leads not only to realization of everything you are to do but also discipline and keeps you severe. Writing down your to-do list, you somehow visualize your needs and tasks, and there is 100% guarantee that in such case you take control over your day and your time. One of the best ways to make an outline of your plans is to do that just before going to sleep. It helps you organize the forthcoming day better, knowing already the exact time of your rise, your rest and goal you need to accomplish. Before I plan each individual day, I always make sure that I am running off of a weekly plan. It disciplines me and brings a great benefit for my schedule.
Prioritize tasks in to-do list
After having made out your to-do list, you notice that not all the things are that urgent or of the first importance. Sometimes we have a lot of less important affairs to accomplish, but all together they may take more time than one or two significant affairs and vice versa. To make your life much easier and your day less crazy and bustling, write down the time needed to complete the tasks in front of each of the item. Analyze which of the tasks takes most of your time, which one is urgent and important, which one you still can put off or simply ask UK Edubirdie to write your papers for you. Prioritize them according to their importance and start achieving it, making the most of each day.
Do not skip breakfast
Morning is perceived as the most productive part of the day and breakfast is an essential meal of the day, even more important than other meals. Researchers from the University of Hohenheim in Germany proved the fact that people who skip breakfast work less productive and bring fewer results than those who always have a meal in the morning. Today’s official nutrition guidelines and nutritionist of famous celebrities insist on importance of having breakfast. Even if you do not get used to having meal as porridge or scrambled eggs or even cheese sandwich right after you’re awake, go grab a croissant or muffin at Starbucks and call it a day. Eat something that brings you joy and satisfaction to feel the energy to work productively for the rest of the day. In this case, our body is a complex mechanism, and breakfast is simply petrol for our body. Breakfast has a positive effect on the primary “stress hormone” produced by our organism, called cortisol. It has many functions including helping the body use sugar and fat for energy and managing stress. Usually, cortisol levels are highest about 7 a.m., so it is important to eat something in order to bring them back down. If cortisol levels remain elevated, you are likely to feel anxious or nervous.
Manage your inbox in set times
Every day you receive loads of emails and feel like you are overwhelmed. You waste your time on checking the inbox instead of doing something useful or significant for yourself or your daily plan. Constant checking inbox is an effective way to keep it at manageable levels, but also dramatically lowers your productivity and disrupts your ability to enter a state of flow when working on high-value projects. One strategy you can use is to check email only at set times during the day. For example, dedicate 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes before going to bed for checking your email and responding to all messages you get during the day. Or even better! If you usually get to work by bus, tram or subway, think of time you spend on a trip and dedicate it to managing your inbox. Doing it this way you have an opportunity to optimize and save your precious time.
P.S. Do the same with social networks that also distract you from work. Make up your own rule to check the messages and newsfeed at a set time to prevent your brain from distracting.
Focus on one thing at a time
Multitasking seems to be a perfect way to accomplish all set goals and tasks, but usually, it leads to the constant interruption and distraction, as none of to-do items are done perfectly. Multitasking makes it more complicated to organize thoughts and filter irrelevant information, reducing the efficiency and productivity. The best option to optimize and improve your productivity is to do one thing at a time, even if it seems insignificant and minor. Focus on one thing at a time and act purposefully in order to commit yourself to achieving goals and work to your full potential. Multitasking is mistakenly considered to speed up your productivity, but contrary to popular belief, multitasking doesn’t save time. In fact, it will probably take you longer to finish two projects when you’re jumping back and forth than it would finish each one separately.
Use the hour-and-a-half rule
All people are different. We work in different manners, pace, and approaches. Not all of us are able to get concentrated on one task without getting distracted by various factors especially when it is not what you want to do. Scientists proved the fact that, unfortunately, even a minor distraction derail your productivity. Your brain keeps jumping from thought to thought, and you keep distracting over and over again. Here is the great solution invented by modern psychologists – the hour-and-a-half rule! How does it work? You have a big task and only 90 minutes to complete it. Block or hide distracting networks, websites and apps; put away everything that can prevent you from doing your work, turn off your cellphone for hour and a half and… get your work done! All in all, do everything possible to prevent your brain and attention from getting distracted. But when it comes to managing your time and self-organization, you should remember that everything is very individual. For some people it is enough 90 minutes for productive and continuous work, some people may do the same amount of work during 60 minutes or even less. Make up your own rule of 90, 60, 30 minutes and start off your work.
Do not rush
“Nothing good ever comes out of hurry and frustration, only misery,” said Auliq Ice. Rushing, like multitasking, brings more harm, than good. Most people mistakenly think running around, trying to do as many things as possible at a time, results in more efficiency and productivity. But it is a wrong suggestion. There is no need in any scientific proof to assume that when we are in a hurry, we simply overlook so many details and make so many wrong decisions. Being on turbo speed, you have to be ready to redo your work later as there are harmful consequences of speeding up. Trust and have faith that everything works out the way it is supposed to, and that, you do not need to control every detail of a situation. Remember, “nature never rushes, yet everything gets done.”