You know what they say! If you want something done give it to a busy person. So what makes a busy person a productive person?
It’s no major secret that life is just getting busier. Family, work, household you name it, we just keep adding more and more onto our plates.
But with nobody adding extra time onto our 24 hour day, we have to make sure that we are using our hours wisely and guess what, there are ways to get things done which don’t require less sleep.
You can be busy and chaotic or busy and productive. Unfortunately, with three small kids and a business to run things usually feel more chaotic than not but I have been putting steps in place to move towards the more ‘productive’ end of my daily regime.
I have always been a very curious type of gal. I love getting advice, hearing how other people do things and especially how some of the busiest yet productive people I know ‘get things done’.
There has been a theme that runs through most of their days so I have put a few things together of what has made them productive, how I have put this into practice and easy steps for you to follow. Just a couple of tweaks to your day and I’m sure you will be feeling the productivity in no time!
Productive people love routine. This usually starts with waking up at the same time everyday. It might be to exercise, do the school lunch, meditate or to get your to do list done first thing in the morning. Although my personal morning routine consists of getting up at the same time everyday, it’s also controlled by the kids and their own wake times. If my wake up time comes before the kids are up I love to visualize my day from beginning to end making sure I include all the things I need to get done that day.
Prioritize your day and focus on what absolutely needs to get done, then get everything else out of the way after that. I will include on my list all of the tasks that involve the kids. I hate letting them see me rush around frantically packing for swimming lessons because I was concentrating on a few other things I needed to get done.
Don’t multi-task. Multi-tasking has been the buzz-word for a while now. And whilst I used to engage in the good old ‘try to do three things at once’ I found it to be counter productive. Trying to engage in more than one task at a time is usually more stressful than productive. Focus on one task, give it your full attention and then move onto the next. It’s the only way to really finish things and leave your brain feeling as scatter free as possible.
Minimize distractions. Now when you’re talking emails, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, phone, messages, internet surfing and not to mention throwing in a few kids for measure, this can be easier said than done. But there are a few small steps I put in place when I’m serious about completing a task because let’s face it, a lot of the time things can wait. If I only have an hour at my desk and I want to write, my phone will live on aeroplane mode and I will close my emails to avoid seeing a sneak peak of the exciting news that may just be hitting my inbox. I will also make sure that my to-do list is in sight keeping me focused and making sure my attention stays on the task at hand.
Discipline and accountability. Productive people do what they say they’re going to do. They hold themselves accountable to their own goals because no one else is responsible for your life. Making excuses only shifts the blame to other people and outside influences to make ourselves feel better about not getting something done. To be productive you must have a no blame game policy.
If you want something done, do it yourself and make sure you pat yourself on the back when it’s done. When you reward yourself for effort you know you are inching closer and closer to achieving your goals, what ever those goals may be.