Habits are the foundation of who we are as a person.
We are the product of our everyday habits, and every day we choose whether we want to improve ourselves or tie ourselves tight to an anchor that will only weigh us down.
We must be aware of bad habits, so we can take the necessary steps to change them. Setting out to change ourselves and our habits to increase productivity can seem frightening, stressful and demanding but we just gotta get rid of them if we want to achieve our goals, make our dreams come true and fill our life with happiness.
But on the other hand, we all wish that we could be more productive.
No one is born to be very good at that, but everyone can learn to build better habits, boost their productivity and achieve more!
Here are some tips on how to do that:
1. Acknowledge bad habits you want to change
The first step to making better habits is acknowledging those bad habits you want to change.
– Do you find yourself constantly distracted?
– Do you oversleep?
– Maybe waste too much time in the shower?
Besides that, think about another productivity killer such is trying to do too much in one day, gossiping, disorganization etc.
Make some self-reflecting notes to figure out the habits that you want and need to change so you can make more room for better ones.
→ You can also check how to change the everyday habits that drain our energy by clicking HERE
2. Decide to be productive and adopt a productivity mindset
So besides acknowledging bad habits you want to change, it’s super important to make sure you are ready to adopt a productivity mindset.
Make sure you realize that you want to be more productive than you currently are.
To help you do that, ask yourself:
– “What is my current level of performance?”
– “What performance level do I aspire or want to achieve?”
The most important thing is to just adopt a productivity mindset and decide that you are ready to start it. Otherwise, it’s more likely that things won’t work out well.
3. Take small steps
The bigger the project is, the more we procrastinate.
Try to break down gigantic tasks and goals into small, achievable steps.
Often, the feeling and the thought that we want to achieve something great and big overwhelms us and might even lead to overthinking, depression and anxiety.
Having a small limited list to power through does wonder for your motivation.
4. Tidy up and organize your space
The beginning of a huge project always feels like the best time to clean out your desk and organize your space.
I don’t know about you, but I feel happy when I wake up and see my space is in order. It also makes me the most productive.
If its cluttered and messy, I feel like I have to clean up before doing anything else. And that is already a productivity killer because I`m putting that task as my main goal for the day, leaving behind what matters the most.
It’s really hard to work productively when you`re surrounded by mess.
Remember that cluttered space equals a cluttered mind.
So, before going to bed, try to quick-tidy up your space whether that means taking out the trash, organize your files or doing your dishes.
Do that at the end of the day and be ready to shine and boost productivity the next day when you wake up.
5. Find out your productive hours (know if you are an early bird or night owl)
Everyone has a certain time of the day in which they are more productive.
Test yourself and try to find out what your productive hours are and whether you are an early bird or a night owl.
This is so important because when you find that out, you can actually set your prime time for the best productivity and you can find yourself already being on the road to improving the quality of your output.
Remember, what works best for someone doesn’t necessarily mean that also works for another one.
Be aware of when you have the most energy and take advantage of that time.
While early birds tend to accomplish a lot more during the day, night owls are not as productive in that time. You don’t want to do your work in that time of the day when your brain is just shutting down and you are drastically losing energy.
6. Try not to oversleep
No matter if you are an early bird or a night owl, if you want to boost your productivity, it is super important not to oversleep!
Practice getting out of bed on time. Slowly start to wake up 30 minutes earlier and work your way to getting the right amount of sleep. But don’t push it instantly and make sure you are getting enough sleep like 7 to 8 hours a night.
You shouldn’t wake up out of necessity to get somewhere because again, the stress of waking up and rushing wastes energy.
Instead, try to wake up with some spare time to relax and you will definitely feel more energized throughout the day. The day will be so much easier to embrace when you don’t oversleep.
7. Don’t focus on hours, focus on goals
In order to achieve your dreams and goals, you should work as much as needed.
Obviously the more you work the better, but don’t let the hours in a day define what needs to get done.
What I mean by this is that it could take you 2 hours to do a task, and 12 to do another. You aren’t required to spend weeks on something just because that’s expected.
The more time you spend working on something doesn’t necessarily mean it`ll get better with more time.
REMEMBER that you work for the goals you set for yourself.
Don’t limit yourself with hours.
8. Set a weekly goal and review it first thing in the “morning”
No matter when your morning starts (3am or 3pm), “setting goals” is productivity that should permanently stay in your mind.
And I`m not talking only about long-term goal setting. Try to set weekly goals then review them on a daily basis. Track your process and see how far you`ve come.
When you see your goals daily, its harder to get distracted. And also, it will give you the feeling of accomplishment.
So try to do it as a first thing in the “morning” because it will set the tone for the rest of the day.
9. Follow a “morning” ritual
Again, no matter what time your “morning” is, try to create and follow a routine.
Besides reviewing your weekly or long-term goal first in the morning, try to focus on your mental, emotional and spiritual health and do something about your own self.
You can just read, meditate, listen to a pod… pretty much anything that will set an energized tone for the rest of the day. I mean, no wonder why its called “hour of power”!
10. Take shorter showers
This one might sound a bit funny and dumb but it`s actually something I struggle with.
I spend up to 30 or 40 minutes in the shower! And I can even bet I`m not the only one.
I mean, think of the time we could save by simply speeding up a bit.
A fun way to do it is to take a watch, set a timer and challenge yourself to beat the clock.
On days when you don’t need to shave or wash your hair, try and see if you can beat your previous time.
11. Use a planner
Not only is scheduling your days in your planner a good habit to make, but it also creates good habits. It will keep you organized and on track, and ensure that you won’t forget important commitments.
Start with writing your non-negotiables first. Like, what time do you want to wake up? How long you think you would need for your morning routine? What do you want to be done by the end of the day? You pretty much get the idea.
You don’t have to write the exact hour (because as we said, don’t focus on hours but focus on goals) but you can write your goals as a reminder and things that you want to accomplish in the same day.
Knowing what you have to do and writing down your goals will help you build better habits.
Instead of having a million things floating in your mind of what you need to do, using a planner will help you get your work done efficiently.
12. Keep a notebook and pen on hand at all times
I think we can all relate to those moments where we had some brilliant ideas in our mind, but instantly forgot it because we didn’t write it down (and because oh, its just our brain).
So, aside from using and having a planner, keep a small notebook and pen on hand at all times.
This way you can instantly write down your thoughts and ideas at any time.
The key is to get everything out of your head and onto a paper.
Your subconscious mind won’t be reminding you about that awesome idea every other second.
13. Manage your energy
When your energy levels are low, so is your productivity.
Overall, your energy can influence your perception of what happens around you and can decide your mood/productivity for the day.
So start thinking positively about yourself and build your confidence.
Do good work that you are proud of.
Smile more often and be more kind to others.
Feed your mind with positive and inspiring materials and try to avoid focusing on negative thoughts.
Hang around other positive and kind people and you are more likely to adopt their habits.
Managing your energy will help you manage your time and boost productivity.
Feeling alone or sitting often at home can make you feel awful and it can lead you to anxiety and depression.
Instead, meet up with your friends or family and do some activities (or just chill out). Or even better, go out, sign up for some fun activities (or things of your interest) and make some new friends.
Socializing with new people will make you feel awesome and will help you boost your productivity just by introducing yourself.
You will realize your own worth and how you`d like to be introduced in front of them and it will definitely give you some motivation.
And if you are not into that, then try and keep yourself busy with some interests and activities that you love doing and that makes a positive outcome to you. Whether that’s painting, sewing, taking photos, dressing up, cooking or whatnot.
Redirecting your attention or being absorbed in an activity you love will help you prevent the anxiety and depression from showing up.
15. Surround yourself with positive and productive people
We are strongly influenced by the people we surround ourselves with. They have the power to raise you up or cut you down. If they`re always lazy, tired, negative and lack the energy they need for the day, so will we! And it will definitely hold us back from productivity and it will drain our energy.
Take notes about who you are spending your time with and analyze them, because they have A LOT to do with the habits you make whether its the topics you talk about, the food you eat or the activities you do.
Try to make your friends aware that they need a higher energy level and try to get them on track. If they still refuse to change the bad habit, try to spend less time with lazier and negative people.
That doesn’t mean that you should get rid of your friends, but you should remember that the more time you spend with lazier people, the more tired and exhausted you will feel.
But until you reach the point in your self-development where you no longer allow toxic people to hold you back with their victim mentality and their mediocre standards, you have to disconnect from their negative influences at all costs.
Try to surround yourself with encouraging people.
If you want to be greater and form healthy and “energizing” habits, you have to start spending more time with positive and uplifting people.
16. Learn to say “NO”
Being unable to say “NO’ can make you exhausted, stressed and irritable.
Many of us feel forced (or pressured) to agree to every request and would rather adjust a million tasks than refuse to help, even if it leaves us with no time for ourselves.
It could be that we tend to believe that saying “NO” is uncaring, selfish and we might even feel like we will let other people down while being disliked, criticized or risk a friendship/relationship.
We can’t do everything and therefore we must learn when to say “NO” in order to save our sanity, energy and productivity.
Try to understand the value of your own time and start learning to say “NO”.
It doesn’t mean that you have to be rude. Simply explain your situation, offer an alternative or empower the person with the right advice so they can do it themselves.
Learning to say “NO” can earn you respect from yourself as well from those around you and will drastically boost your productivity.
17. Simple habits you can’t say NO to
What I think by this is our daily habits like listening to music, eating, sleeping and such.
So, instead of listening to music the whole day, try to start listening to a podcast that will feed your knowledge about your interests.
I`m not saying that you should simply replace music with podcasts because I would NEVER recommend that! Apparently, there is time for both!
Start simple: try to listen to one podcast every 2-3 days and then adapt to it.
As far as it goes for eating out every day, make it a habit to make at least 2 home cooked meals per week as a start. And if you just overeat on every meal, drink a glass of water 30 minutes before eating. It will make you feel fuller and you will get the sense of when you are having enough.
Try to adapt and practice self-control.
The goal is to stay consistent, so if you can start with these simple things, it will become easier and easier to make them automatic.
→ Check out what the everyday habits that drain our energy are, and check how to change them by clicking HERE.
18. Try a new recipe
Give yourself the time to try out a new recipe.
Not only you will feel more productive but you can find some healthy alternatives to cook throughout the week and even pack it after.
Packing your own food gives you the freedom to add healthier ingredients and control the portion.
Overeating makes our mind cloudy.
Keeping it healthy will help you boost your energy, therefore, you will boost your productivity!
19. Rest your eyes
Know the danger of eye strain.
Make sure you take 5-10 minutes break for every 60 minutes of work, especially if you are spending 8 hours a day (or even more) staring at a screen.
Failing to take several breaks can lead to mental exhaustion (or tiredness), dry eyes and headaches.
Resting your eyes is definitely essential for productivity.
20. Avoid distractions and time wasters
Try to examine the danger of unwanted distractions. It basically wastes our time, drains our energy and distracts us from our goals.
Remember that all those distractions and time wasters won’t take you anywhere good. Your goals and determination will.
It takes time to refocus on your work after an interruption. So, set your priorities!
The first step of trying to avoid distractions is by realizing what the distraction is and what catches your attention the most.
For example, stop staring blankly, stop overthinking, minimize distractions on your screen by closing browser tabs and put your phone out of sight!
If you can’t put your smartphone out of sight, at least try to “make a compromise” with your own self. And by that, I mean that you can reward yourself using your phone only after you`ve accomplished something. Or try it the fun way and say:
“If I can last not checking my phone for an hour, I will reward myself with this and that” (a specific wish)
What is the worst everyday habit that you do/have?
What measures do you take in order to change it?
Please share it, you never know who you can inspire and help!