Sometimes it can feel like 24 hours is not enough for a single day. Don’t worry if you’ve felt this way, you’re not the only one. Unfortunately those 24 hours are all we have but that doesn’t mean they can’t be enough. It’s all about becoming disciplined and managing our time well. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.
Figure out your morning routine
One of the most important parts of having a productive day is how you start it. Everyone has different morning routines in order to get their engines revving, so think about ways you can start your day on a high note and ride that wave for the rest of the day. You may like going on a morning jog, reading the newspaper or just having a cup of coffee. Figure out what that morning ritual is for you, stick with it, and you’ll be all set for a productive day.
One of the most important parts of having a productive day is to take regular breaks. Most people can’t stay focused for eight hours straight, and even if you can it may not be the best for your productivity. Some people might like to take a break to check their social media, or perhaps go on a walk to clear their head or get their blood pumping. A popular break method known as the Pomodoro Technique involves working in sprints, not marathons. The technique advises working in 25-minute stretches, each followed by a 5-minute break. After 4 of those 25-minute stretches, you get to take one long 15-minute break.
Do your least favorite task first
Something to think about when attempting to have a productive day is doing your least favorite task first. If you continue to put off your least favorite task, your productivity may drop because you’re trying to avoid that task. A great tip is to start your day by doing that undesirable task, that way it’s a lot easier to avoid procrastination. A popular book titled Eat That Frog by top-selling author Brian Tracy is inspired by a quote once said by Mark Twain; “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day”. The book delves into this idea and argues why it’s easier to avoid procrastination if you complete your most difficult task first.
While having your most productive day ever may seem like an impossible feat at times, it’s fully achievable with a myriad of different tricks. The tips I’ve provided may not work for everyone, and that’s totally fine. Strive to find the methods that work best for you, and you’ll be having a productive day in no time.