Being productive is much more than getting a high amount of work done in a short amount of time. It’s leaving work or school at the end of the day feeling accomplished, knowing that you’ve not only completed every task you needed to, but can also feel confident about the next day.
Ideally, this would happen all the time. Not surprisingly, the ideal situation often doesn’t match reality. One study found that only 7 percent of workers felt, “most productive in the office during regular hours.” With such low feelings of productivity, it’s important to learn how to improve your ability to get things done.
Make the most of your mornings
When your morning goes well, you set yourself up for a successful, productive day. Use this time to take care of yourself: eat your breakfast, stretch or go to the gym, and spend time reading or relaxing.
Once you’ve tackled your morning routine, it’s time to make a list of all of the goals you want to have accomplished by the end of the day. This will help you mentally prepare and organize your day before it may have the chance to surprise you.
Quality over quantity
A big source of stress for many is trying to tackle too many things in one day. In many cases, you’ll be far more productive and produce much better work if you try to focus on two or three larger tasks during the day rather than trying to spread your energy across too many projects.
Many of us have more than two or three projects a day. If you find that you have many tasks to accomplish each day, try not to multi-task. Focus on one task at a time and check them off of your list as you move along.
Don’t skimp on breaks
If you have the ability to take breaks, take advantage of them. In many situations, taking regular, short breaks can help boost productivity and improve focus. Use this time to take a quick walk or grab some healthy snacks. Try getting away from your desk or office for a few minutes in order to clear your mind.
It’s easy to get distracted in such a busy world. Try to stick to a routine in order to have productive, focused days that leave you feeling accomplished and ready to tackle the next one.