Interested in staying highly motivated and productive all day? If you answered yes, then this will be a good read for you. Nothing ever shows up to your front door for nothing on a silver platter, although some days this might seem like a nice treat. No, if you want something tangible out of life that you don’t already have, chances are you’re going to have to work to attain it.
Knowing it takes work to gain more out of life, we must be motivated to remain productive throughout each of our days, to accomplish this goal.Each person has their own ways to be more productive, and sometimes even the simplest things and details can help us make progress in this direction. Here you will find practical tips to be more productive and achieve the best results.
Ten Highly Recommended Motivational Tips to Stay Productive the Whole Day
- Treat Your Week Like an Inbox to Process: In this modern technological era, we almost all have email inboxes in which we check e-mails we have received from colleagues, clients, and the like.
We all tend to check this inbox regularly. We do this to see what new tasks may need tending to and to respond to inquiries when mandated. We also purge emails that aren’t pertinent. If we treat our week similarly, we’re sure to remain productive.
Prioritize tasks and tend to the ones that are at the top of your priority list first. There’s little point in putting effort into something that doesn’t yield rewards. By week’s end, your inbox, or in this situation your work week, will be well tended to, with useless emails, aka tasks, deleted, and important tasks accomplished and behind you.Advertisements
- Identify Your Most Productive Time of Day: Proceeding on from the previous tip, it’s highly helpful to identify the time of day you tend to be the most productive. After analyzing your average day and figuring out exactly when you tend to get the most done, spend this block of time each day, ensuring that you’re being productive, working on tackling the more challenging tasks of your week, and furthermore, the tasks that are of the highest priority. This is the time phase you want to take advantage of your productivity, to remain efficient.
- Use the Benefits of Modern Technologies: Technology can help you stay motivated and remain productive. Digital calendars with group share features can help remind you of important appointments and task deadlines to meet, and also have the added benefit of making others aware of when we’re not available. Along the same lines, technology can help us get jobs done faster.
If there’s technology available that can help with a certain chore, you can bet that it’s not that hard to find. If you’re unsure, perform a search query on your favorite search engine about the task you’re working on and peruse the query results to identify available technology to help you with your endeavor.
There are a lot of SaaS solutions for enterprises, especially for remote work (Slack, Trello, Zoom, Calendly, Timetastic, etc) that help to stay in touch and plan your timesheet, share your results and find new tasks without meetings, especially if you are on a remote job.
- Plan Your Day the Night Before: Failing to prepare is like preparing to fail. Being prepared saves us time and headaches throughout life. Waking up to a new day and being prepared by planning it out the night before, we can immediately commence tackling work that needs to be done, and we’ll be sure to have the tools at our disposal to help get the work accomplished. A lot of time and effort is going to be wasted, mentally preparing and planning for the day, at the very start of the day everything needs to be done. It’s much better in terms of efficiency to spend some time the night prior doing this.
- Take a Break: Working hard and remaining productive can be quite rewarding, but it’s also taxing. Physical work is taxing to your body, while paperwork and associated tasks can prove taxing to you mentally. Sometimes taking a break is the best way to stay productive. This helps give your muscles time to relax and allows them to be ready as soon as work resumes. If you’re undertaking a bunch of short tasks, try to reward yourself with a break in between each project. If you’re undertaking one or two long tasks, simply take a break every time it feels warranted. You’re not going to be very productive if you get burnt out early on in the day, so be sure to take those breaks!
- Sleep Well Every Day: It’s vital to allow at least seven to eight hours of sleep per day. A study conducted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine discovered that getting five or fewer hours of sleep each day will result in about a 29% reduction in productivity while at work. Thus, it’s critical to get the recommended amount of sleep each day to help maintain productivity the following day.
- Prioritize, Prioritize, and Prioritize: This tip is basically a reiteration of the first tip, but it’s so important it’s worthy of extra emphasis. Don’t worry about tasks that have a far-reaching deadline. They can be tended to later. Now, if you have the extra time, then that’s a different story. But, if you’re like most of us and you have a laundry list of chores and projects to tackle, don’t worry about the ones that aren’t that time-sensitive yet. Prioritize the tasks that must be done yesterday, so to speak, and you’ll always at the very least, keep up with the flow of work traffic.
- Don’t Binge on Caffeine: That first cup of coffee for the day can prove quite helpful. It will help you feel more alert and able to move on with the day. However, don’t depend on caffeine too heavily, as this will prove counterproductive. Rapid heartbeat, restlessness, and irritability will result from consuming too much caffeine throughout your day. So a cup or two in the morning will help, but much beyond this and you’re hurting yourself in regards to productivity.
- Get Rid of Distracting Factors: This is basically a common sense tip. It’s going to be extremely difficult to focus on what you have to do if there is something or someone outside of what needs to be done that is a distraction. It’s not hard to discover and identify the distractions, simply notice anything externally that is slowing you down or preventing you from performing a higher quality of work. Maybe it’s a television that’s on while you’re trying to do paperwork or maybe it’s an individual who although quite interesting and chatty, isn’t helping you get your work done. Obviously, in the previous two scenarios, cutting the television off or working somewhere privately is going to pay off in dividends. Get rid of your distractions and add to your productivity.
- Meditate at Your Work Desk: Meditating at your workstation can help you to stay motivated and increase your productivity output. How do you ask? Well, it’s similar to the advice regarding allowing yourself adequate sleep or taking breaks. When you’ve been productive and working hard, you need time to rest your muscles and heal, before resuming work. Sometimes you don’t need an entire break from what you’re doing and all that’s called for is a minute or two to relax, turn off all of your internal chit chatter, and simply close your eyes, breathe in slowly and deeply, and take in the noises going on around you. Meditating, you’re clearing your mind and giving yourself a short, but highly efficient desk break.
By following the tips in this article, you’re going to find yourself remaining motivated and productive throughout each day. One thing is the most important – it is never too late to become productive and efficient. You’ve shown some initiative by reading this article and also interested in the subject, so now with this information in hand, along with your positive attitude, go about your days and adhere to this advice, and watch your ‘to do’ list, stay manageable.
Love what you do and do it with passion. Sooner or later, you’ll find out which productivity tips are the best for you. The last important thing: instead of pondering why your job is so tricky and unbalanced, think about how you can change it for the better!
Almost all of these tips are aimed at helping you tame your brain. It would be best if you remembered that it gets used to what you do daily, and then it is trying to resist changes. Your task is to make it work the way you need it. And it will eventually get used to the new process, “inconvenient” for it.