How can I use the day productively

Become more productive: 11 tips that are guaranteed to help!

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Got your ass full of work, but you just can't get out of your slippers? Today I will show you why this is and how it can be easier to become more productive.

You surely know that: Your to-do list in your head is hardly manageable, the clock is running non-stop against you and yet you simply cannot act. So you go to bed day after day with the queasy feeling that you haven't got any further. But why is that actually?

The reasons for unproductive work

One of the main reasons that people just get stuck with their endeavors is one far too long agenda. Sure, this guarantees no boredom, but you don't really know how and with what to start now.

If, on the other hand, the list of projects is manageable, there is often a lack of planning. For example, you go to bed in the evening, you know what else you have to do, but not really when you want to do some of it. You just let everything come your way.

If there is also a lack of discipline, things get tricky. We quickly let ourselves be distracted by the smartphone, the TV or all sorts of other things, only to find out a little later that we haven't got any further. So that you can (hopefully) make better progress with your projects in the future, we have put together a few useful pieces of advice that you can immediately apply in everyday life.

Productivity tips for everyday life

1.) What is to be done ?!

Before you can work meaningfully, you should first know what ever everything is to be done. We often speak of “tons of work”, although we have never actually put the amount into numbers that precisely. How much is “a lot”? Do you have 10 or 20 things to do? More or less?

You should try to avoid it, none overview about your chores. Because the feeling of having to do tons of things without having them clearly outlined in any way only burdens you unconsciously.

No matter how much you have to do: write down the individual things that need to be done! Make a note for this, get yourself a whiteboard or use a digital checklist for this. When you've done one of these things, you can cross it off the list. You can also find free to-do lists in the download area.

2.) Plan sensibly and realistically!

One of the most common mistakes made is yourself too much and to get into a tailspin as a result. Especially when you are motivated, this can happen faster than you would like.

Try to you because of it - still before to start work - to lay down an exact plan rightly, from when to when you at which task want to work. For this, it is essential that your goals are also measurable, i.e. you have even defined when your task is considered completed. (Read: The SMART Method)

3.) Focus!

No matter how many tasks you have planned for a day: Define exactly for each day A Main task that you want to focus on.

To do this, choose the task that is objectively most important and not the one you feel like doing the most. This task has priority before everyone else Tasks and should normally be the task you start with.

But: Allow yourself breaks and switch to another activity if the main task does not work out at all. Don't force yourself until you don't get any work at the end.

4.) Be rested and fit!

Get to know your body. Experiment with yours nutrition: What makes you fit, what makes you tired (see: brain food)? Test if you more powerful when you do some exercise before work. Whether for a run or a visit to the gym: time for 30-60 minutes Move is always somewhere.

Find out how much sleep you need and perfect your sleeping habits by dealing with sleep cycles, for example, and avoiding fatigue caused by sleeping too long on days off. A 30-minute nap in the afternoon may also help you to gain new motivation.

Try to drink more throughout the day and avoid foods and drinks that suit your needs if possible Blood sugar level rise quickly and drop again just as quickly.

5.) Start well prepared!

Make sure you before you have started work, gathered your work materials, made your coffee / tea and did your business.

In this way you avoid having to interrupt your work every 5 minutes because of some - supposedly oh so important - tasks. These Interruptions are in most cases just an excuse not to be able to start or continue the actual work. Instead, postpone such tasks to fixed breaks during your work, e.g. once every hour for 5 minutes.

6.) Learn to delegate!

Whenever possible, try to do tasks that you don't necessarily have to do yourself have toto delegate further.

Especially as a self-employed person, manager or generally ambitious person, you quickly fall into the compulsion to do everything yourself, because you believe that this is the only way to keep control.

This then costs a lot of time that you could use far better. Often it is less stressful, more economical and more efficientto have one or the other task done by third parties rather than having to take care of it yourself.

7.) Make yourself invisible!

Make sure that you don't even think about doing other things while you're at work. Just check your emails at selected times (e.g. 3-4 times a day) and ban your cellphone to another room while working. Why?

The scientist Adrian F. Ward has now shown in a study that a smartphone is within our reach Dramatically reduces performance.

Not because some rays are responsible for it, but purely for the reason that we too often let ourselves be carried away to look at the electronic helpers on it. You probably know yourself right?
So, even if you have a hard time believing that: The world goes on and your friends will probably not dial the emergency number immediately if you are not available for 2-3 hours.

8.) Keep going!

Take advantage of times when you "In the flow" are. If you are getting on well with a particular task, stick with it if possible.

There is little point on that Your productivity peak (and maybe creativity) to make a cut and move on to a completely different task.

Try a little on yours feeling to listen. Are you spraying with creativity, are you just soaking up new learning material or have you not even noticed how the time has passed? Then take advantage of it and continue with it if possible.

9.) Don't get distracted!

Creative minds are always rattling. New ideas, projects and visions keep popping up in your head, which you would like to implement straight away. Believe me, I know this all too well.

Still, you should be careful not to the common thread losing your real job. If you have an interesting new idea while working, go for it write them down. If you come across something interesting (or even unnecessary, but funny) on the internet, take action bookmark.

As difficult as it may be for you in the situation: Everything that is not related to the current topic is now taboo and has to wait.

10.) Learn from your role models!

In fact just of your role models. It is like in all other areas of life: Do not orient yourself to people who tell you something but cannot do it themselves.

Look like your role models organize their everyday life and what tricks they use to discipline themselves. If possible, talk to them and ask for advice. Most of them will be happy to share their knowledge with you.
If you lack such role models in your personal environment, read through biographies of personalities who inspire you. So you can switch off a bit with a good book and maybe even learn something for your everyday life.

11.) Find like-minded people!

No matter what your goals are, here's one of the most effective tips: Find people who think similarly to you and who also have ambitious goals.

Anyone who has ever played sports with a partner together has trained knows the positive effects of this all too well. Together we are worlds more productive than alone. The same applies to learning groups in school and university as well as to work in a team.

Gather like-minded people around you, who are you to inspire and in the case of motivation holes keep going. Under no circumstances let pessimists or naggers influence you.

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