What if you could improve your production across your entire life? Would that help you reach your goals? Whether it’s work related or personal life goals, we all have certain things we want to accomplish.
The trick is often time. We all have the same 24 hours each day to get stuff done. Some people are great with managing their time and creating a plan to see out things from start to finish, while others are procrastinators and struggle to reach their goals.
Here are five tips that are guaranteed to help you increase your productivity.
1. Write To-Do Lists
It’s hard to create a plan if you don’t know what needs to get done. Writing lists allows you so see everything that needs to get done in a given period of time.
Many people execute better when they can see a list in front of them, even opting to physically cross off items on that list as they get them done.
2. Start Your Day Two Hours Earlier
As mentioned, we only have 24 hours in each day. Want to get more done the easiest way possible? Start your day two hours earlier than you currently are.
Will you lose sleep? Yes, two hours. But that time will allow you to get more done that you previously were. That can be the difference of not coming close to your goals and crushing them.
You are also naturally going to be more productive in the morning because there are less distractions present.
3. Disable Social Media Notifications
Social media can be a major distraction and it can cripple your productivity. “Constantly seeing notifications will eventually cause you to reach for your phone,” says Henk Schipper of Jaloezieen Fabriek. “Switch off notifications until you are done with your work for the day.”
This is very easy to manage, as all apps allow you to toggle notifications on and off in your phone’s settings.
4. Delegate and Outsource
There are so many outsourcing benefits that you can take advantage of that will result in more productivity from your end. At work, you can have a virtual assistant handle tedious tasks, and even in your personal life, you can have a virtual assistant handle things like scheduling and bill payments.
When your time isn’t being sucked up by little easy tasks, it allows you to put all of your energy into the big picture items that will help you achieve your goals.
5. Use Google Calendar to Schedule Everything
Google Calendar is great because it’s available on all devices and it syncs up with almost any tool or program you can imagine.
So, whether you are planning a business trip and need to know what to pack in your suitcases, or if you are mapping out a team meeting or scheduling a time to hire a contractor to make office or home improvements — all your details need to be visible in your Google Calendar.
Details matter, so the more detailed you can be the better prepared you will be.
This also helps you be prepared at all times. You can always reference this one calendar to see everything you have on your plate.