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10 quick tips for increasing your productivity

10 quick tips for increasing your productivity

I wanted to share with you some tips and tricks to get yourself to be more productive. These are simple steps that anyone can follow, and once you have built them to be part of your daily life, you will see the change in no time.

Over the last couple of years, I knew that the way life was going was not as fulfilling as I wanted it to be. I wanted to feel successful, yet I wasn’t doing anything about it.

By changing my outlook on things and my daily habits, I was able to turn things around and found myself more productive with a clear head.

I wanted to share with you some tips to help getting you started to be more productive.

1. Plan

Plan what you want to achieve

Always set yourself to win. Before jumping on to only then lose motivation, start small.

You want to write out your goals and aims. What are you trying to accomplish?

Start by collating your ideas and creating small steps you would like to carry out to meet your goals and aims.

Now you are setting yourself for a better tomorrow as you will know exactly what you have to do to get there.

2. Prayers and being grateful

Just like when things are going bad and you turn to God to pray for the better, you want to make sure you are being grateful and humbling yourself.

Make sure you never forget who got you there in the first place and always be thankful.

Prayer isn’t just good for your soul, but it has also has the benefits of keeping you motivated and improve you physical and mental health.

3. Fulfillment from sleeping

Fulfillment from sleep

You will need to have enough sleep. There is nothing better than waking up feeling like you are ready for the day.

Not only do you need a certain amount of hours of good sleep, but you will need to make sure that you are sleeping and waking up at the right times.

Most successful people sleep early and wake up early. They find themselves getting so much done in the early hours of the day and setting themselves up for success.

I always try to go to sleep early. However, if for some reason I wasn’t able to sleep early. I try to wake up early to maintain that habit and to readjust my sleep the night after.

Are you getting enough of good sleep?

4. Enhance your vocabulary

Make a list of new words you have learnt

There is no time in your life where you should be satisfied with the language arsenal you posses.

Whether it is in your mother tongue or a second language, there is always room for you to learn a new word.

Pick up a dictionary or a magazine or a book, find a word you don’t know. Learn it and try to use it next time. Whether in a conversation or in your writing.

What is your word of the day?

5. Speed reading and typing

Practice speed reading and typing

To stay productive, you may want to do things faster. Some tasks such as reading or writing may become a bore to you and could potentially be the things that are stopping you from being productive.

Try this simple typing test online. So what is your typing speed? How do you compare to the average?

Practicing to read and type faster will mean that you can get the same amount of work done in a shorter amount of time.

6. Take a break

Let’s take a break

“I came to learn to be more productive, what do you mean take a break?!”

Yes, you need to a break. (You need it from the sound of your tone)

One way to be more productive is to make sure you are using your time as best as possible.

There is this concept of 50/10 rule. You spend the first 50 minutes focused and working on the task in front of you, followed by a 10 minute break.

This allows you to clear your mind and recharge your energy so that you can regain that focus when you are back working.

7. Change of environment

Change the environment where you work

It has been said that a change of environment makes for better generation of ideas. It certainly does for me!

You normally work in your room? try working in the kitchen, or your back garden.

Why not try to go out, work at a coffee shop or a library. Or at a bench by the beach.

What matters is that you are introducing small changes to the way you work to ensure that your mind is being stimulated.

Also, it makes you more likely to stay motivated on your work as no place will be a challenge for you to work in.

8. Exercise

Get your heart pumping with some simple exercises

Anytime you hear someone wanting to be better. Whether it’s physical or mental, exercise will sure be on the list.

Exercising reduces stress and improves your mental health and health of your heart. Being in sound shape will let have a clear focused mind.

I’m not saying introduce a new regime to your diet and go to the gym and pump weights. No. All I’m saying is a 5/10 minutes running or jugging to get your heart going.

9. Write in your journal

Keep a journal by your side

Keeping a journal of what you’re doing gives you a sense of accomplishment when you look back.

You want to be honest with yourself and say how you think you have done that day. Evaluate your day by spending 5 to 10 minutes before going to bed by writing down what you did, how you felt about doing it and what you could have done better. You might also want to write about what you would like to do tomorrow.

Writing about your experience will help you learn and grow and it gives you a sense of closure to the day.

10. Meditate

Clear your mind and focus on your breathing

I have mentioned taking a break and sleeping already. Yet I still say there is more room for rest.

Who said there isn’t going to be a lot of resting to being more productive?

But make sure you differentiate this from procrastinating. You are intentionally taking a break in order to regain your energy so that you can focus on your work again.

For this step, you want to be in a quiet (and preferably dark) comfortable place. You want to clear your mind and focus on your breathing.

Combine this after a good nights sleep and a warm cup of green tea, you’re set of are a productive day.

Final note

I hope these simple steps help you, whether in a project you are working on, or simply, life.

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