It doesn’t matter how much work we take up for a day, but what really matters is how much we complete at the end of the day. And working all day long is possibly not everyone’s thing. For me at least! Because I prefer working for a short duration and giving my best in that specific time.
Now the question lies,
Am I able to complete all my work in this short tenure?
All of this happened to me by just being productive. And this wasn’t just a one-day thing, but all the habits altogether I build throughout these years.
Before starting with what habits helped me the most, here’s one quote by Hal Elrod, an American Author which I would like to mention for once:
Let today be the day you give up who you’ve been for who you can become!
And this is by far one of my favorite quotes that I can possibly read every day. And as quoted in “Let Today Be The Day”, I make sure to stay productive every day by following the below-given habits:
1. Being Mindful
To be productive throughout the day one has to focus on the present and stay mindful. With this, I mean paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, sensations, and environment. Also, acknowledging all of these emotions helps an individual enjoy the work.
Being mindful is not as easy as it looks in the initial days, and it was tougher for me as well. But the key here is to free yourself from past and future worries. The worries can be anything related to work, like an epic project failure or a hectic future project.
So whenever this happens make sure to take a deep breath, keep your mind fully attentive at the present, and get back to the task at hand without worrying about anything else.
Also, did you know that by practicing mindfulness you are improving your memory and lowering your stress levels? Well, this is a brownie point!
Journaling was quite not that important for me, but now I can swear by this tactic. And the situation now is, I can’t even think of abandoning this process in the near future. This is because, while journaling,
- I gather all my thoughts together
- I write about my past and present experiences
- I let out the scattered thoughts in my mind
- I gain clarity
- I express my emotions more effortlessly
- I am able to record my progress
- I plan my day
- And lastly, it got easier for me to define my goals for the future
In short, journaling helps a person with brainstorming, analyzing, planning, and monitoring everyday activities. And trust me all these skills are pillars for improving productivity every day.
To start with, write all the tasks you have to do in a day in your journal, and at night make sure to write down all the accomplishments. This will help you analyze what tasks did you completed, and what is still on the list, the reasons behind slower productivity, and the part of the days you were awesomely productive.
If you are new to journaling here is how you can start your journaling practice.
3. Taking Short Breaks
You don’t have to do all your work at a stretch, instead of doing it in small chunks really does wonders. Back then, I used to feel guilty about taking a break, but the results I got after it was amazing.
Even a small break of half an hour helped me reevaluate my goals for the day. It increased my productivity and helped my mind stay focused for long hours. The best part was I got a creative boost instantly after taking a break. My mind got some time to relax and think of better options, just the way our body replenishes with a glass of water.
4. The “1 Thing At A Time” Mantra
The best productivity hack I have learned lately is to not go for multi-tasking, because it can drain your mind a lot. Instead, when we channel our mind and body to just a task, we do it more efficiently and effectively. Because when it comes to productivity, LESS IS MORE, and MORE IS TIRING FOR YOUR BRAIN.
Doing the impossible every day is literally in everyone’s hands, you just have to push yourself a bit. There will be days when you will feel like doing nothing, and on those days make sure to give yourself sweet treats. And there would be days when you will be feeling extra productive, and on those days make sure to perform your best.
All the above tips to stay productive truly helped me a lot every day. And I’m not asking you to do it all, all at once. Pick out one habit a day and see if it works for you. The next day, pick up a few more. Because in the end, habit building is all that matters, like said by Buddha:
Drop By Drop Is The Water Pot Filled
Wishing everyone all the success!
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Grace This PlaceMarch 7, 2022 at 7:18 pm
These are great tips. Journaling is so important to me! Thanks for sharing!
W. Santiago | Literal MedMarch 7, 2022 at 8:32 pm
I like number three. I need to practice this one more often. Thanks!
MirandaMarch 7, 2022 at 10:11 pm
Journaling definitely has to be my #1.
Southern Dreams HomesteadMarch 7, 2022 at 11:16 pm
Great information! It’s all about “eating the elephant one meal at a time”. Love the quote from Buddha at the end!
Thrive with MairyaMarch 14, 2022 at 11:16 pm
The “1 thing at a time” mantra changed my life! I used to get overwhelmed by all the tasks I had to do. But after reading Gary Keller’s book The One Thing, I started focusing on one thing at a time or in a day and my productivity is over the roof. Thank you so much for sharing this helpful article 🙂
KeirstenMarch 21, 2022 at 11:55 pm
These are great habits. I was so good at morning journaling but have fallen off. This is a great reminder to get back to it though bc it really did help me feel more organized and productive.
W. Santiago | Literal MedApril 25, 2022 at 6:30 pm
I think “1 thing at a time” is very important. Sometimes people try to do so many things at the same time and end up doing just a few, or many incomplete or mediocre things. Thanks for your tips.
Deanna | Life By DeannaApril 26, 2022 at 1:26 am
The “one thing at a time” reminder is a life saver for me. Sometimes I get into that stressed/head-spinning kind of state when I have too much to do and reminding myself to just do ONE thing is really helpful.
ANUKRATI DOSIJune 6, 2022 at 5:39 pm
I have recently started writing a gratitude journal before I sleep at the night. It has been super helpful.
MounaJune 18, 2022 at 7:26 pm
Charlie-Elizabeth NadeauJune 18, 2022 at 8:38 pm
Love these! Not always easy to implement but in itself so simple and beneficial tips! I’m working on being more mindful in what I do and when I manage to be present it makes all the difference in the world. I agreed that one thing at a time gives better results. Fun read! Thank you for sharing!
SarahJune 19, 2022 at 10:26 am
Hi! Great tips – thank you for sharing. I’m easily distracted and end up trying to do so much and then get nothing done – so I have to really focus on one thing at a time. I’ve started setting myself a 20 minute timer to focus on that one thing ONLY for that time. I find I’m getting so much more done.
FrancescaMarch 13, 2023 at 6:53 pm
I love journaling! It helps me with mental clarity and also boosts my creativity. Thanks for sharing.
CarolMarch 13, 2023 at 9:12 pm
I like your journaling idea. It doesn’t really sound like typical journaling but taking time to brainstorm thoughts, lists, and reflecting on important tasks/thoughts for the day. The journaling at the end is nice too. I learned , many years ago, instead of making a list of “To do” at the beginning of the day (when I was depressed) to make the list of what I accomplished as I went so that at the end of the day I could see what I actually accomplished and feel good about it. This reminds me of that.
WendyMarch 13, 2023 at 10:32 pm