Practical tips to increase daily productivity.

Okay, so! I’m really eager for us to dive into this topic because I think it can really help everyone, whether you are an entrepreneur, or just a regular-shmegular joe looking to improve their daily and long term productivity.

Now I’m not about to tell you to wake up at 5 am or to gym, shower, eat breakfast and meditate- ALL before starting your day- because to be honest, I feel that it doesn’t matter how you run your day, as long as when you DO work, you make the most of your time.

In 2019, and almost 2020 there is really no such thing as 9–5 working hours anymore. We live in a global village that runs 24/7. Someone somewhere is always working, and thanks to the internet, you can connect to them in real-time! It’s the hours that count, not the time. Do you get it? :)

So I want to give you some lessons I’ve learnt from people I’ve met and my experience in life and the professional world. These are practical tips for your daily but also for your long-term productivity. However, I am going to break it up into two articles, double the reading pleasure, so in this first article we are tackling short-term productivity and in the next article we’ll tackle long-term productivity. You’ll see how similar they are yet they exist so differently.

Make sure that the years don’t just pass by but that you can look back at each year individually and as a collective and see the progress and accomplishment.

So let’s start with some practical tips for daily productivity that you can implement starting this very second. You’ll see that they are all very intertwined but so simple yet impactful when you stick to it!

Write it down. Your brain can’t function optimally if you are filling it with a bunch of nonsense. Write down your appointments and meetings or even better, schedule them, set reminders and then forget about it. I love Google Calendar for this. Become best friends with to-do lists. You can also note down your tasks in the order that you need to get it done. Groceries, work, meetings, dates. Anything where you can set a reminder and alarm for, jot it down and forget about it. Makes space for learning more important things.

Take a break. Making a cup of coffee, tea or juice, taking a quick walk outside or around the office, or having some quick small chat with a colleague will refresh your mind. Sometimes you can get stuck in a rut and end up spending hours not doing anything- and you ONLY realise that when you end the day! So taking breaks can help you evaluate your productivity and progress.

Don’t be a busy bee. There’s a difference between business and productiveness. Estimate how long a task will take you to complete and set your mind and timer to that deadline. Then take a break. This way you will accomplish much more. I find that segmenting my day, time and tasks helps me stay focused in short bursts of time which ends up being a more productive 24 hours.