Consumed by an inspired spirit and in a pumped-up energy as I write this quick and important post. If you’re one of those people who wish to have their days filled with more energy + immense inspiration + massive productivity, I’m sure you’re going to love this blog. In this post, I share with you some of the tactics that helped me boost my productivity. Over the past few months, I’ve been focusing more on three things:
I believe all the three factors go hand in hand. Without energy, you have no inspiration. Without inspiration, there’s no energy. And without energy and inspiration, there’s absolutely no productivity. [Has there been a day when you were low and down and still had an energized and a productive day?]
Noticing what exhausts my energy, observing what reduces my inspiration and what steals away my productivity, here are the 7 hacks that helped me maximize my productivity. Let’s quickly dive right in, shall we?!
HOW TO INCREASE AND MAXIMIZE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
#1. BECOME AWARE OF YOUR PRODUCTIVITY VAMPIRES:
Just like there are energy vampires [those who suck the energy out of you] there are also productivity vampires – the time thieves and schedule destroyers. Become aware of the people who exhaust your energy levels and reduce the levels of your inspiration. Because ultimately, they’re contributing to help you have an unproductive schedule.
#2. MAINTAIN A NOT-TO-DO LIST:
Making a to-do list is what we’ve been doing since ages and we also know how gloriously we fail at maintaining a to-do list. The reason why to-do lists seldom work for many people is that they fail to create a reasonable to-do list. Having a to-do list is advisable. But having a not-to-do list is essential.
Having your day scheduled and creating to-do lists gives you a sense of clarity but what about the things that you should avoid doing throughout the day in order to maximize the rate of productivity?
Eliminating trivial tasks from your routine creates space and probability for increased productivity.
So here’s an action step for you: create a list of things you need/want/have to do over the next few hours (or maybe create a to-do list for tomorrow). Having the tasks listed down, now create a list of activities you should eliminate from your routine which will give you more time to do meaningful and productive work.
#3. BIFURCATE YOUR TO-DO LIST:
If you’re like me, you’ve tried keeping and maintaining to-do lists and have failed at it for more than a trillion times. If you can relate, here’s what you can do to not fail the next time: divide your list into three sections –
- Important and urgent tasks
- Important and not so urgent tasks
- Not so important tasks
My way of doing this is by creating a google sheet. HERE IS THE LINK if you’d like to see how I schedule my day. Doing this alone has increased my productivity tremendously.
Timeboxing is simply all about taking up a task from your to-do list and deciding an amount of time for which you’ll be doing that particular task. I’ve been doing this for a few months and can say the last few months were productive more than any other months of 2018 – just because of this strategy.
So here’s another action step for you: open google sheets and create a sheet you’ll be using for timeboxing every day. Take a look HERE to get an idea.
4.1. TRACK YOUR TIME AND WATCH FOR PATTERNS
The one obvious reason why timeboxing can fail is our addiction to distraction. We are too addicted and habitual at being distracted that we end up spending more time doing a task.
The time you spend being distracted is the time you could have utilized at being more productive.
#5. TAKE CONTROL OVER YOUR MOODS:
How often have you let your moods control your day? Sometimes, it’s not really a bad day but only a bad few minutes that spoil the rest of the day. Don’t let undisciplined thoughts lead you to a bad mood. And don’t let allow the bad mood to steal away your productivity.
#6. DAILY CHECK-INS:
To make sure you win the productivity challenge, here’s one ritual: at the end of the day, spare around half an hour and spend time reflecting over the day. If you wish, take a note of your conclusions. Was the day really productive? How many tasks you couldn’t complete? What didn’t go as per your schedule?
If you couldn’t take control over your day, it’s completely okay. Things don’t always go well as you planned. Take notes and work on improvising each day – remember, small daily improvements lead to a major breakthrough overtime. In the end, rate your day on the scale of 10. [I stole this idea from one of my friends ;)] 1 being least satisfied and 10 being the most satisfied day.
As you finish reflecting over the day, it’s time to plan the following day! Spend some time making your to-do and not-to-do list. Bifurcate your list into sections as discussed above. List three major goals for the next day. After you are done, give yourself a treat for how amazingly you handled the day, and lastly, sleep. 😉
#7. GET A PRODUCTIVITY PARTNER:
Is there anyone you know who’s as interested at being more energetic + productive every day? If you know someone, ask them to be your productivity partner! A productivity partner is basically someone who takes the responsibility of your productivity and someone whose productivity, you take as your responsibility.
I love the idea of having a productivity partner for it’s really a fun way of doing daily check-ins. Based on how you rate your day (on the scale of 1 to 10) share your POVs with them and ask them to do the same. This helps in understanding what can be done better in order to increase your productivity for the next day.
You reading this blog right now tells me that you’re pretty much serious about having increased levels of energy + inspiration and productivity in your days. So I’ll leave you with this quote:
Hope this blog was of some value to you. Much love!
THANKS FOR READING! I LOOOVEE MY READERS! AND I’D LOOOVEE TO CONNECT WITH YOU AND KNOW MORE ABOUT YOU!