5 habits to be more productive
Have you woken up on a Monday and thought to yourself “just 5 more minutes.” You snooze and snooze and snooze the alarm until you only have 30 minutes to get yourself makeup ready and out to get to work.You forget to eat breakfast and you forget your lunch in the refrigerator. Don’t worry I have had this exact moment (especially on that dreaded Monday). This starts your work week off on a bad foot, sleeping in rather than being productive! This blog is going to explain 6 habit you can (easily) adopt to be more productive, even on a Monday!
Mornings are for you!
Waking up to fresh coffee is much better than waking up to fresh emails. It’s okay to take the mornings for yourself and to not think about work. If you start your day off with yoga, working out or even make a delicious breakfast (avocado toast is my personal favourite!) you’re going to feel much more refreshed when you eventually travel into work. When you start waking up doing something you love rather than dread, you’re going to want to dance out of bed when the alarm goes off, instead of hitting the snooze button. Live the morning by this quote from the famous Gertrude Stein “In the morning there is meaning, in the even there is feeling.”
2. The 80/20 rule
The 80/20 rule or Pareto Principle is super important in reaching your highest productivity level. If you think about what you do during the day, only 20% of what you do, generates 80% results. This means that you have to figure out which tasks have minimal effect on the outcome of your productivity, for your workday. In order to figure this out, next time you have project or just a day of cleaning the whole house, write down your tasks into steps. With trial and error try to remove steps until you have that perfect 80/20 rule.
3. Say no to multitasking
This habit is really hard for me to master because I love multitasking. During any given moment during the day i’m focusing on 10 different things from dinner to creating a new brand design. This becomes exhausting for me and probably for you as well because we aren’t focusing on 1 task. When you change a task even twice your IQ can drop from an average of 10 points (not good!). This means that you’re not efficiently achieving 1 task. This can lead to minor errors in the result of your task. Live by the motto “Less is more” -Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe.
4. Be happy about the small wins
We all want to achieve BIG tasks like take over the marketing industry (don’t we all), but don’t forget about the small ones as well. When creating a to-do list and crossing off a small task like creating a new hashtag, you should feel accomplished! This should then give you an incentive to keep crossing off those tasks on the to-do list. Even giving yourself a treat like a face mask after crossing off 5 tasks on your to-do list will make it a fun game for yourself!
5. Avoid distractions
Put your iPhone down and turn off facebook. Sometimes having too many ‘tabs’ open can really distract you when you’re trying to be productive. When you hear that bing from facebook through your earphones it’s hard not to answer. The best way to avoid distractions is to figure out what works for you! Some people enjoy going to Starbucks and having people look at them in order to increase productivity or being at home in their pyjamas. Some people like listening to rock, while others rather listen to sad music to increase their productivity. The best thing to do is to figure out what works for you!
These 5 habits will help increase your productivity during your personal and work day! Although we’ve only written 5 habits there are so many more to help you. To finish this blog, i’d like to leave you with a quote about productivity “Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before” Franz Kafka.