How often do you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? If you’re like most busy professionals, probably more often than you’d like to admit. Lucky for you, there are some things you can do to get more done in less time and have more time to spend with those you love.
Track Your Time
For one week, write down everything you do. This includes scrolling through your social media feeds and bathroom breaks. It may seem a bit tedious, but by the end of the week, you’ll have a good idea of where your time is being spent and changes you can make to maximize your productivity.
Get More Sleep
So often busy people stay up later and wake up earlier, trying to “fit it all in.” The problem with this solution is that a tired brain is less efficient, and that hurts your productivity. Instead, commit to getting a good night’s sleep. If you need 8 hours, get 8 hours. Your productivity will thank you.
This may seem like just another fad, but it’s not. Keeping a bullet journal is fast, but also helps you set goals and track your habits all at the same time. Similar to tracking your time, it shows you places you can improve, and it also keeps you on track moving towards your goals.
Meditation isn’t just for people seeking enlightenment. It helps calm your mind and focus your attention – exactly what’s need to maximize productivity. You can spend less than 5-minutes a day meditating and reap amazing benefits. If you’ve never tried it before, here’s a place to start your meditation habit.
Don’t Be Afraid to Say No
Your time is a valuable resource, and it’s up to you to protect it. When you’re asked to do something, ask yourself if it’s the best use of your time. If it’s not, say no. This may be hard at first, especially if you’re saying no to your boss or an authority figure. Still, if you do it professionally and explain you’re managing your time, it will usually be respected.
How you manage your time and run your day is a choice. It may not feel that way at times, but it is always a choice. Instead of starting each day looking at your schedule trying to figure out how you’re going to fit it all in, take a few moments to prioritize and focus on those items that are most important.
Take Time for You
Extra time is great, but if you’re not using it to care for yourself, it’s not helping you have a more peaceful life. Commit to taking at least 30-minutes for yourself every day. Read a book. Have a cup of coffee and do a crossword puzzle. Anything you like! For 30-minutes. Your frame of mind and your productivity will thank you!
With these seven tips, you can maximize your productivity this year and get more done than you ever imagined. Want more great tips like this? Sign up for the newsletter!