“Productivity in never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.” – Paul J. Meyer
1. Wake up early – as the old adage says the early bird catches the worm. In practical terms getting up early helps start the day on the right foot. There is less of a rush getting ready for work or school or whatever the day holds. There’s a certain lull in the morning perfect for centering and getting a few things done to prepare for the day. I personally (as a parent) find this reprieve particularly useful before the kids wake up and the hustle and bustle of the day begins.
2. Meditate – According to the Cambridge Dictionary meditation is defined as “The act of giving your attention to only one thing, either as a way religious activity or as a way of becoming calm and relaxed”. Meditation has numerous benefits some of which are clarity of mind, reduction in stress, improvement in brain function – all of which will help with productivity.
3. Exercise: Exercise is known to increase productivity by about 20%, in addition it also increases mental alertness and overall health. Choose the exercise that works best for you, it might be in the form of a 30 minute walk, a quick yoga session or a run. To each his own – the benefits of exercise cannot be over emphasized.
4. Schedule your tasks: As Jim Rohn said“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” Break tasks into groups then schedule the hardest tasks for the times in the day when you are most productive. Some schools of thought suggest allocating a time slot on your calendar for each task instead of or in addition to using a To Do List. For most people it’s best to schedule the most important tasks first thing in the day, that’s when most people are most productive.
5. Be intentional about responding to emails, alerts and messages Try not to respond to emails immediately – rather schedule emails on your calendar and so say for example from 9:00 – 9:30 am you can set that time aside for emails. Respond and action any email that takes less than say 2 minutes to action – anything else that takes longer can be penciled into your calendar or added to your To Do list or else delegated. Unless text messages and WhatsApp messages are urgent it might also be prudent to respond to these at set aside times in the day.
These are just simple hacks – that will hopefully help get more done in a day.