Productivity doesn’t happen by accident. You have to plan for it and know the best ways to make it a reality. But the good news is that with the right tools and mindset shifts, you can become a productivity ninja! Here’s how.
We’re not naturally productive. If you were given the chance to relax and binge-watch your favorite show or do some deep mental work on a project, most of us would choose the first option.
And that’s okay sometimes! Because no one can be productive 24/7.
But are you working toward your goals each and every day? If you’re not, then you need to take steps toward increased productivity.
How does this look in real life?
As with most things in life, the mindset we bring to the table will make all the difference. In time management and productivity, your mindset over “not having enough hours in a day” is probably holding you back.
Once you trade in your small 24-hour view of time for an expansive 168-hour view of time, you will see new possibilities in moving toward more productivity!
I have talked in several posts about this mindset shift, which you can find here:
Using the Right Tools
The second way to increase your productivity is to have the right tools in your toolbox. There are hundreds of productivity tools, and you need to find the right fit for your life!
Here are the two that I use in my routine:
Batching keeps you from wasting time from inefficiency. Instead of doing one errand each day, you could batch all your errands on one afternoon per week, saving that daily trek from the house. That one errand day will probably cost you less hours than spreading it out across the week.
Bullet Journaling is my favorite planner system because it’s the only system that works for your life, your responsibilities, and your style – because it’s a DIY planner made by YOU!
Finally, multi-tasking is costing you in the productivity bucket. When you dip into each task just a bit before becoming distracted, or losing focus, then you’re really never able to get work of consequence done. You’re only ever able to skim the surface of everything.
When you feel like you’re always busy, but never accomplishing much, then it’s probably because you’re an award-winning multi-tasker!
Instead, you need to transition to the deep work model, which allows your brain to get into a peak flow of mental concentration and ability to accomplish hard work.
Sure, it might take 20 minutes to get into a state of deep work, but once you’re there, if you minimize distractions and interruptions, you’ll be able to accomplish so much more in a hour than you would with multi-tasking.
Give it a try!
You can download a PDF handout about How to Become a Productivity Ninja, which will give you action steps to take and resources to check out.
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