Everyone wants to be productive and get more done. However, most people often find it difficult to achieve optimum productivity because they often lack the energy, feel sleepy, get distracted and feel overwhelming with their long to-do list.
Most people thought that being productive is all about managing their time, which is not right. Everyone has 24 hours a day no matter how you manage it; you just can’t have more.
It is what you do within those 24 hours that matter. Thus, if you want to be productive, you have to learn and improve from these three aspects:
How to Stay Productive and Get Work Done
1. Maintain Your Energy
Never underestimate the need for energy. We used energy to do things throughout our daily life. When we make a decision, we used up a little of our energy. When we take action and work on our task, we used our energy too.
Therefore, if you want to stay productive, learn to manage your energy.
A very powerful technique that you can leverage is to take power naps. If you think that taking a short power nap is counterproductive, you are wrong.
When you take a short nap, you replenish your energy, and you feel refresh. Do you know that extraordinary people like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Eleanor Roosevelt took power naps?
There is no point to work 24 hours a day when you don’t have the energy, feel sleep and tired all the time.
What you want is to make the best use of the time you have. And you can only achieve optimum productivity when you feel energetic and motivated.
By the way, make sure you get enough sleep at night. Don’t cheat your sleep because you will feel sleepy and tired the next day.
And when you are not in the optimum condition, you cannot perform at your best. Thus, never underestimate the amount of sleep you need.
If you want to get more done, first, learn to maintain your energy level. When you are fresh, energetic, and motivated, you can do more.
2. Manage Your Work
Next, learn to manage your work. There are a few principles you can follow here, such as the Pareto’s 80/20 rules.
Most people spend time busy doing things that don’t really matter. They use 80% of their time to work on tasks that give them only 20% results.
You want to do the opposite. Identify the most important tasks that will give you the most result and then spend your time working on them.
Choose to work on the 20% work that will give you 80% result, not the other way round.
Besides that, you have to create a scoreboard to measure your progress. Whatever gets measured gets improvement.
If you want to lose weight, you have to measure your weight. If you want to achieve your goals, you have to measure your progress. How much have you done, where are you right now and what should you do to reach your target?
When people are keeping score, they will be more committed, and they play it more seriously. Look at sports. If there is no scoring between the two teams, do you think the players will go full out and do their best?
Imagine watching NBA without the scoreboard, what do you think will happen? The players can’t tell if they are winning or losing. Everything will go wrong. This is why a scoreboard is important, especially when there is a competition.
You have to create a scoreboard to measure your progress. How many calls have you made? How much have you progressed? How many articles have you written? How much time left? And what can you do to make progress?
These are important criteria that will determine your productive level. When you know your progress, you tend to be more accountable and more serious in taking action.
This is why sales department usually uses a sales chart to show their sales people’s result. When you know your result and your progress, you will be in control and know what to do to hit your target.
3. Manage Yourself
Finally, you have to learn to manage yourself. You have to know when the best time that you feel the most productive is. Are you a morning person or are you an evening person?
You have to work with your flow and not against it. Most people don’t bother about managing themselves, and that is why they don’t feel motivated and productive when it comes to getting things done.
Motivation is a very important key if you want to be productive. You cannot be productive without motivation to do things.
And if you want to maintain your motivation, one very effective ways is always to revisit your purpose. Why do you do what you do? Why do you want to achieve the goals? Why do you wake up in the morning?
Your reasons will motivate you. If you don’t feel motivated at all, it is because your reasons are not strong and convincing enough. When things don’t matter to you, you will never have the desperation to do it.
Some people say that they want to build a successful blog at night to earn some side income. However, all they do after they get back from work is watch TV. They don’t have a strong and emotional reason to push them into taking action.
When you are interested, you will do what is convenient. When you are committed, you will do whatever it takes.
So find out your reasons, write them and revisit them every day.
These are the three aspects to achieve optimum productivity and getting things done. Remember, you have to maintain your energy, manage your work and yourself.
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