I think everyone agrees that being productive is better than not.
You get things done, free up time for later in the day and have that satisfaction that comes with being pleasantly busy.
But some days it can be hard to get anything done and you go to bed feeling pretty rubbish, like you have a thousand things to do tomorrow and despite all your hard work, you accomplished nothing today.
To minimize that sort of day, here are some helpful steps to being more productive.
Step 1: Identify your tasks.
As I always say and will continue saying: lists are your friend.
Look at everything you have to do, walk around the house and look for jobs and write a list of everything that needs doing, not necessarily right now, but in the next three to seven days.
Step 2: Categorize their importance.
Make a list of ones that are urgent and a list of ones that make a big difference. Anything on both lists is very important, next comes anything on the urgent list, next on the difference list and finally we have the things that need doing but are neither urgent nor do they make a massive difference.
Step 3: Schedule them.
You only have so many hours in a day. So take the most urgent tasks and schedule them in. Anything that has a set time will obviously need to occupy that time slot regardless of importance, but you should otherwise try and get the most important things done first.
Step 4: Make a BORED? chart.
If you, for whatever reason, need to kill time, then make yourself a BORED chart.
Here is mine as an example:
Whenever you feel the urge to procrastinate, have an hour of dead space or an episode of mania, whenever you would normally just have a dead, tense gap in the day you regret later, consult your BORED? chart. That way even your slow time is productive.
Step 5: Set long-term goals.
When looking at your tasks, you need to see them as parts of a whole. Some, like doing the dishes, you just do and get done with. But some things, like keeping fit or sorting the garden, need a long term goal in mind. Work out what the end goal of your activities is and set yourself targets to hit. This lets you see how far you’re getting and adjust accordingly.
Step 6: Request accountability checks.
And if you really aren’t sure of your ability to go through with the work or to focus on your goals, why not ask someone to keep an eye on it with you? Having someone to report back to and help you refocus could be a great help.
And that is how I make the most of my time so at the end of the day I usually feel like I used my time wisely.
How do you balance your schedule? Any tips on how to avoid procrastination and maximize your day? Please share in the comments!
TTFN and Happy Hunting!