The most promising time of the year is here. Isn't it?
Why is it you ask?
Well, it's the time people go on overdrive making resolutions.
Which they know they will never keep. Ever.
Who has not resolved to become more productive when the New Year comes in?
How many times have you chided yourself for not being productive enough?
“From tomorrow onwards, I WILL be more productive!”, seems like a broken record that has become your life song.
Even after numerous tries to get up and just do it, you seem like you are failing yourself and the sense of sadness and helplessness that comes with it is indescribable.
Do you feel like you could have done so much more in the day had you been a little more active?
Productivity is not about getting a lot done in a short time, it is about completing what you started. You do not need to compromise with life in order to be productive.
I can't tell you enough about the times I have tried being productive and failed miserably. Happens to everyone. Even the best of us. You are not alone. But don't give up.
Increasing productivity is similar to be training to be a Jedi; it is going to “kick you in the ass” exhausting. Once you become one, you can't go back to be your old lazy self.
No pressure. Breathe. It will work out. You just need to not take so much stress about everything. I know it's easier said than done but give yourself some time.
Before embarking on committing yourself to be more productive, take a step back and analyze whether you need to be more productive or not.
Maybe, you end up setting extreme goals and when you tend to not finish them you feel that you are not productive enough.
Set a realistic standard. Don't blindly follow someone else's formula. Everyone works at their own pace.
Here are six-way which can help in improving your productivity. Give them a try:1. Sleep:
Yes, you read it right! Sleep!
I can hear you laughing!
Do one thing. Count the number of times you have abandoned a task because you were too sleepy. Too many, right?
Lack of sleep leads to irritation and ultimately the wish to kill everything and everyone in sight.
As a result, you are not able to complete the task you have planned on.
Sleeping late results in waking up late, no matter hard you try. It's the reason you find yourself rushing through the day.
a) Try going to sleep at the same time each night. Seems hard, I know. Herculean, even.
b) Get in the maximum number of hours of sleep you can get; 6-7 hours to be ideal. Get enough sleep.
c) Have a fixed sleeping pattern; try to wake up early, at the same time.
You might not be able to do it every day, that is natural and obvious. Keep the distractions away: mobile phones, books, food or anything that can hinder a good night's sleep.
Once your body gets attuned to the cycle, you will find yourself feeling sleepy on the dot and waking up with a clear perspective, sans moaning or whining.
How will this make you productive you ask?
When you are properly rested, you will feel more focused on your work and less prone to the desire of snapping at people next to you.
You will see that you are able to complete the task at hand and even give some time to yourself to pursue the resolution you have made for the year.2. Organize:
You do not need to become Monica Geller (though there's nothing wrong with being too organized :P), you need to be you, but a well-organized version of you.
There's no shame in being messy, but when that starts affecting your productivity, it is time to change it.
Removing clutter from your life is an effective way of becoming productive.
When the milk expires, do you throw it away or keep using it? Exactly. Remove the unnecessary things from your life, let them go; be it clothes or people.
Declutter. If that pair of jeans doest not fit you anymore, say bye-bye to it. The hindrance we face in being organized is the fact that we find it hard to let go of things.
a) Organize your daily schedule: meetings, lunch hours, time to be spent doing a particular task.
Set up a few goals in a day so that you are motivated throughout the day.
Keep it simple.
Following your schedule to the T is hard, of course. Stick to it anyway.
b) Start by organizing your desk. It will save a lot of time. You won't have to run around searching for stuff.
c) Make a to-do list; I know it sounds cliché but just try it. You'll find it to be helpful to have all your tasks to be done, ready and neatly available to you when required.
d) Use that Organizer App on your phone. It isn't there just to enhance the beauty of your phone or eat up space on it. Download one or go old school with planners and Filofaxes.
Organising doesn't have to be perfect, it just needs to make things accessible. Eventually, it will save a lot of time and effort, which can be used to be more productive instead. Once you get the hang of it, you will breeze through. You will find yourself managing your time more effectively.3. Exercise:
Hit the gym. If you can't, go for a run.
If that's too tiring, just go for a brisk walk.
On the off chance of sounding as preachy as a parent, laziness is not rewarding.
Exercise is essential for feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The more relaxed you feel, the more tasks you will accomplish and the happier you'll feel.
Exercise is a great motivator in itself, you make a certain goal in the gym for a certain time period. Use that same concept in life as well. Motivation is what makes productivity complete.
Devote at least 30-45 minutes in your day to any form of workout, whatever floats your boat. Here when point no. 1 comes into play. The earlier you wake up, the more time you get.
Bonus? You look great and will remain fit!
Just don't do it. Comparing your goals to someone else's is a recipe for disaster. It will only lead to self-loathing and a loss of confidence.
Comparing or feeling jealous is a common thing to do; it is how the human brain is wired. You need to realize what works best for you.
Think of food choices, for instance, it is not necessary that another person has the exact palette as yours.
Similarly, comparing your productivity to another person's won't give you satisfaction, but instead, it will throw you down the rabbit hole of feeling unaccomplished.
a) Instead, identify what eats away your time. What are your time robbers? Is it sleeping too long or spending too much time on the phone?
b) Try to utilize the time you already have and do not realize, like the time you have while commuting. Read your emails, catch up with texts on the commute if that takes a long time.
c) Work on yourself and identify what makes you lose time and drive. If a certain concept works for your friend, doesn't mean it'll surely work for you too.
d) Make a not-to-do list, just like you make a to-do list; enlist the things you plan on changing in your lifestyle, things you plan to change but never follow through.5. Take A Break:
Do not overwhelm yourself. Taking too much stress about the smallest of things leads you to become anxious and fidgety.
Daydreaming and overthinking don't solve problems, do they? If they did, we would all be millionaires.
Overworking yourself will obviously make you tired and snarky and make you angrier. Trying to do everything at once and killing yourself in the process doesn't increase your productivity, rather it is counterproductive.
Multi-tasking is all fun and games until you lose your mettle trying to meet every expectation.
Once in a while, let go of your phone and other gadgets and sit quietly to reflect.
Use that as a time for yourself; read a book, cook something. Do things that make you happy.
Switch off your phone for an hour, let the tensions of the office melt away. Collect yourself and you will find yourself rested and be able to focus on things that actually need your attention.
FOMO: Fear of Missing Out can become FOMO: Fun of Missing Out, if you want it. You don't always have to be everywhere, rush everything. Everything isn't compulsory.
Avoid people who make you anxious and sad, take a break from them as well. No one needs that kind of negativity in their life. Let things go when you can't control them.6. Say No:
When you know that you won't be able to help, avoid taking extra responsibility.
Say No. Learn to do it.
You don't have to be rude about it. You can't make everyone happy. If they get annoyed at you, it's their problem, not yours.
Anything that cuts into your time and makes you lose productive hours is not healthy. Stop being the ever-dependable “Yes” guy, a little “no” never hurt anyone.
It may seem selfish, but if you don't have the time, do not say yes.
You will find that it makes you feel calmer and serene. In order to be good, you do not need to be a pushover. Remember that.
So, ready to try out one of these ways? Becoming productive is not a miracle, it doesn't happen overnight. You need to work for it, dedicate yourself to the process and you won't even realize when you became that productive person you idolized.
Hoping these tips work for you! All the best!
Have the most productive year ahead!