10 TIPS FOR A PRODUCTIVE LIFE

Focus on being productive instead of busy.

Working alone
Photo by Vlada Karpovich
  1. Make a to-do list. Without a to-do list, I am completely lost! I (at least attempt to) make a list every morning before I start the day. I’ve also discovered that I sometimes make my to-do list the night before if I’m feeling extremely worried about a significant assignment at work or an impending deadline. This gives me the impression that the day is getting off to a head start.
  2. Give yourself small rewards for completing big tasks. I’m not sure how you feel about rewards, but I love them. It may be as simple as saying, “Once I’ve read all of my emails, I’ll go prepare my afternoon cup of coffee.” Find inventive ways to push oneself to work hard and come up with tiny rewards that don’t always include money or material possessions. 🙂
  3. Find ways to break up your workday (or night). I don’t think I’m superhuman, but I think my attention span is about average. Tasks that take a long time or are in any way physically taxing should be broken up. Say, for instance, that you’re a photographer and you have to spend one evening editing photos for roughly five hours. After three hours of work, reward yourself with a snack or do your nails. then complete that assignment. Additionally, if you spend a lot of time sitting at your desk, schedule a few stretch breaks during your day. Your mood will improve!
  4. Avoid addictive time wasting activities. I actually admitted how much I adore Candy Crush Saga. I have experience with time wasters. Facebook may serve as a trap. Online or mobile gaming can also become very addicting. When you’re attempting to do something, stay away from these. Spend the final five minutes of your workday checking Facebook (maybe as a reward?). Set restrictions on short “time-wasting” sessions as well. It’s acceptable to need a mental break, but avoid getting drawn in. As an illustration, check the time first the next time you want to check Instagram while you’re supposed to be working. Allow yourself no more than 2–3 scrolls through your feed before stopping.

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