In the busy and fast paced world that we live in, it is crucial to have a set of principles to live by to increase our odds of having a productive day, whether at work or home. If we are not careful, it is very easy to become busy and not productive. Here are 5 things to live by to stay productive:
1. Plan your day THE NIGHT BEFORE.
Plan your work and work your plan. Nothing can help you be more productive than writing down your plans for the next day, on the night before. Make sure you are done with your responsibilities and things you need to do at home first, and then begin to plan the next day. Think about anything that was left undone previously and fit those things in your day. Consider all important, essential, and critical things that must get done.
2. Wake up early in the morning.
Always wake up early enough in the mornings to give yourself enough time to do the routine prepping (shower, brush teeth, dress, etc.) and to eat a good meal. If you do this and have some time to spare, it will put you in a productive state of mind rather than a reactive state like when you are running late.
3. Review your plan for the day.
As you embark onto your day, review your written plan and what is NEEDED to be completed for the day. Ashley Feinstein’s article in Forbes, “Why You Should Be Writing Down Your Plans,” talks about a study that was done on writing down your plans and it states “…those who wrote down their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not write down their goals.”
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Check each step and detail of each task. Make sure every step is clear and make any notes on your planner so you don’t forget later on in the day. As the day goes on, update your planner as things come up.
4. Commit yourself to the tasks and create Accountability.
If you have a few clients to visit with that day or a few accounts to visit, call the client in the morning and confirm it. Once you’ve done this, you are COMMITTED, and there is no backing out. You will be there at the confirmed time to complete the task. Another form of accountability is social accountability.
In the beginning of your day write a post on social media of what you plan on completing that day. As you are knocking each task out, don’t just cross it out on your list and planner, but post it on social media and use it as a checklist. If you didn’t complete a task, it is highly likely that someone will call you out… and you wouldn’t want that, right?
5. Reward yourself.
We all need the carrot dangling in front of us to motivate us to complete our tasks. From the early morning you should choose what your reward will be if and when you complete ALL of your tasks for the day. This will push you to not cut corners and to make sure EVERYTHING is done.
Remember, don’t celebrate and reward yourself if you didn’t hit the goal. Keep your integrity and follow through with this and it will force you to be more productive. Here is an article on Fast Company that gives “10 Ways to Reward Yourself for Working So Hard.”
posted by: Richard Trevino II firstname.lastname@example.org