At some point in our lives, we have probably promised ourselves that we would be more productive. We've scribbled it down in our planners and put it in our new year's resolutions; still, the elusive spirit of productivity flutters out of reach. At the end of the day, we are left wondering where all that time went and how in the world are we going to meet those deadlines.
Well, thanks to this life hack you won't ever be left wondering why. And no, there are no blood sacrifices required.
1. Get your priorities in order
Most of us tend to procrastinate by doing a hundred little things first but doing so only pushes back what actually needs to be done. Start each day by finding out the most important thing that you need to accomplish and then do that first. Lay off the smaller, less pressing tasks for later on. Listing down your top three priorities for the day the night before also helps.
2. Yes to Siestas!
Power naps are wonderful for recharging and giving yourself a boost of energy in the middle of a busy day. 20-minute naps are the best when you need to quickly get back to work. It enhances alertness and concentration, elevates mood, and sharpens motor skills. For an extra boost, drink a cup of coffee before napping as the caffeine in your coffee will take 20 minutes or so to take effect, so you’ll wake up fully energized and ready to go!
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3. Focus on one task at a time
You know how it never ends well when a guy attempts to juggle various women all at the same time? Well, the same goes when you’re working. While it may seem like you’re accomplishing a whole lot by doing so, multitasking actually makes it harder than usual for your brain to work effectively and makes it difficult to organize thoughts. The result? Poor work quality and inefficiency. Instead, focus your energy into completing one task at a time.
4. Get rid of your distractions
Ever start doing something, then suddenly find yourself--fifteen minutes later--scrolling mindlessly through your Facebook or Instagram feed? We've all been there. Distractions are everywhere: it's your phone, the TV, food, or whatever that's keeping you from working at a consistent pace. To keep yourself from losing momentum, set work schedules and hide whatever distracts you. For me, whenever I get the urge to browse my social media accounts when I'm doing something important, I keep my phone on the other side of the room, that way, every time I think of using it I’ll remember that I have to go and get it first. The urge goes away pretty quickly after that.
5. Don’t skimp on your sleep
Getting a good 6-8 hours of shut-eye is essential to be able to function well during the day. Don’t rely on caffeine or energy drinks to power you through, not only is that potentially harmful to your body in the long run, it also inhibits you from being at top-shape and performing at your best.