Many people are busy, but I’m really sure that you’ve always wanted to become more productive instead of being busy. Busy is, according to me: doing a lot of everything without getting things done completely. Basically, being busy can also mean wasting time, whereas being productive is using your time wisely, to get important things done. Surely, we’ve all thought about how we could get things done in half the time. If you’re constantly thinking about how you can be more productive you may even start to begin doubting yourself. You may start asking yourself questions like: ‘are my skills inadequate’ or ‘am I good enough for the job’. All these questions can mess with your mind, and may even cause a decrease in your self-confidence. In order to prevent all these things from happening, I’m going to give you 4 tips that’ll help you in dealing with these doubts on your productivity and start getting you to be more productive.
1. Wake up early.
This is really something people don’t want to hear. People like to complain that the days are going by so fast and that they don’t have the time to do all the things they would like. Of course, this is what going to happen when you wake up every day at 10:00 A.M. The earlier you wake up, the more time you have to get things done. Waking up earlier than you usually do will be hard at the beginning, but believe me, you won’t be as ‘busy’ anymore during the day and you got more spare time to do other things. Mind over Mattress!
1. Time-consuming things first.
Stop procrastinating. Really, stop it, because procrastination is like a drug. It is the number one killer of your goals, and therefore your productivity. There is nothing better than dealing with the most dreadful task you have to do in the morning. It gives your mind & body the peace it needs to be productive throughout the whole day. When you’re constantly delaying this ‘monster’, you’ll have a hard time trying to relax and do fun things, because your mind can only think of one thing: ‘I need to slay that monster’. Deal with the complex things first and then move on to the easier stuff.
1. Track productivity
Tracking your productivity day to day gives you an exact overview on where you should improve and what is going well. You can’t fool yourself now, since the results of your productivity are now on paper. This is a really easy way to be more productive, but I know for a fact that you’re probably not doing this. You know why? Because you think you’re too ‘busy’ for that. Trust me, when you begin to keep tracking your productivity, you’ll stop being busy and start being productive. Write down every night before you go to bed what went well and what could be improved. Reflect on yourself and be honest. And the next day you can tackle your weaknesses more efficiently and maybe even get the things that went smoothly done even faster.
1. Set time limits for yourself
One thing that forces you to be more productive is setting apart how many hours you will dedicate of your time to a certain task. This forces you to get things done efficiently and effectively. You’re taking control of your time, and you’re giving yourself guidance toward your goal. When you begin implementing this, you’ll start living a less stressful and ‘busy’ life, because you are the one that is in control of your time, and no one else.
You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t ranked the tips from 1 to 2 to 3… et cetera. Because, when people see that the tips are ranked this way, they tend to only focus on the first two or three, thinking that those points are the most important of the whole article. Well they’re not, because all these tips have their own unique contribution on improving your productivity.
I hope that this article will help you with becoming more productive and less busy. If you found this article useful, consider sharing it with your friends and family or on social media!