I’ve always been a productive person.
I’ve studied productivity, read dozens of books about it, taken classes and seminars on how to achieve it. For anyone taking the first steps into being more productive, shared below are my top tips.
Here Are 4 Ways to Become A Productive Person:
Use a Planner
I’ve had a planner since I was in 6th grade. I still have a paper planner. I tried going digital a few years ago, and my brain just comprehends things so much better on paper.
Find a system that works for you. It can either be paper or digital. Outlook or iPhone.
I have a saying that if it’s not in my calendar, it doesn’t exist. Using a planner gets you into the habit of planning, where you can then map out the next week, month, or year. The point is that in order to be productive, you first need to get in the habit of planning. Using a planner creates focus, consistency, and efficiency. Write it down. This also frees your mind from trying to remember every event and meeting request. Planners are also a great way to jot down daily gratitude, notes, affirmations, to-do lists, stop-doing lists, and more.
Set a Daily Top Three
The Daily Top Three is a productivity concept endorsed by productivity experts like Michael Hyatt, and it’s all about prioritizing, getting focused, and achieving your goals. What are the top three things you need to achieve that day? Any pressing deadlines? This can be business or personal. Do the most important things at the beginning of the day, when you are more focused. Save emails, phone calls, and meetings for the afternoon.
It can seem like a daunting task, but being organized is a time saver and a stress reliever. According to the white paper, The Price of Disorganization in the Workplace, “the annual cost of U.S. job-related inefficiency for full-time employees looking for misplaced items in the office tops $89 billion annually” and 87% of office workers have stated that a messy workspace has negatively affected their work. Start with your workspace, and clear the clutter off your desk, one section at a time. Find a filing system that works for you or delegate this task to someone else so you can focus on other work. Less mess, less stress.
Be Mindful of Your Time
Your time is precious, make sure you are using it wisely. Stop multitasking it’s proven to make tasks last longer. Don’t accept meeting requests that are not worth your while. Turn off any distractions you may have (emails, phone calls, social media notifications, etc.) to make the most of your blocks of “work” time. Sometimes saying no is the answer to being more productive. Try working in “time blocking” shifts and see if it works for you.
I hope these tips help you with your productivity journey. Which is your favorite tip? What would you add to the list? Please share in the comments section below!