5 Ways to Be More Productive in our Daily Lives
Let’s face it, life is busy and it seems to get worse the older you get. There are more demands for your time and not enough hours in the day. If you work full time and have a family, you probably scramble around wondering how you are going to get everything done on your to-do list. If this sounds like something you struggle with most days, it is time to take inventory of how you spend your time, and see if there are ways you can use that time more productively.
- Employ Functional To-Do Lists (Practical and Useful)
Anyone can create a list of things to do, what to buy, and where to go, but these lists can become disorganized quickly and send you into a whirlwind of chaos. Furthermore, it is easy to misplace these lists if you have too many of them laying around. If this sounds like you, have no fear, there are many other people in the same boat. In order to be more productive in life, you will need to start making functional lists.
Start with getting a small notebook that will fit in your purse or pocket (or do the millennial thing and create a notebook in your smartphone). In this notebook, you should keep track of the things you need, so that you have it on hand when you are at the store. You will also document the phone calls you need to make, the people you need to speak to, and the things you need to get done. Keeping track of things in your notebook will keep you more focused and lessen the likelihood that you will forget what needs to be done.
- Multitask when Necessary (Keyword is ‘Necessary’)
Multitasking is the ability to do multiple things at once and be successful at doing them. It involves doing more than one thing at once, like making a phone call while you are finishing up an email, taking notes for a project while cooking dinner, or even listening to a podcast while you are running around doing errands. Time is precious and you should make the best use of it whenever possible. Try doing a couple of tasks at once, as time and energy will allow, and see how many more things you can get done during your day.
- Delegate When Possible (Division of Labor)
If you are to be productive and successful in life, you should realize that you can’t move mountains on your own. While some tasks require your attention in order to get the best results, you should not depend only on yourself to get everything done.
At home, you can set up chore lists so that everyone in your household can do their part in making sure the home runs in an orderly fashion. If you have kids, set up a reward system that encourages them to do a good job. At work, take note of your employees’ and coworkers’ skill sets and let them help out with projects; employees will feel good when they know they are being helpful as well as appreciated. Once you learn to delegate tasks that do not need your full attention, you will start to see more room on your plate for other projects.
- Get Enough Rest
Studies show that people are less productive when they work extreme hours and do not stop to get some needed rest. Instead of burning the midnight oil in order to get projects done, pace yourself and set daily goals. When you have a clear plan, you will feel a sense of accomplishment when you reach your goals. Your mind and body need to rest so that you will be able to work at your optimal performance level.
- Enjoy your Victories
Productive and successful people often take a moment to reflect on their accomplishments and enjoy a moment of victory. Even if your successes are small ones, give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. You will be able to make a mental note of what went right so you can use the same ideology on future projects. There is nothing like the sweet sound of victory to encourage you to go on to have more successes in your life.
Being productive in life is not just about making a lot of money or gaining notoriety. A productive life can also be achieved when you know you have completed the things you set out to do. With some careful planning and organization, you can achieve your goals and reflect on all of the good you have done.
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