Want to Be More Productive? Try These 12 Lifehacks (Infographic)
You have a thousand things to do every day and no idea how you’ll get to everything. It can be stressful and exhausting. Try these 12 tips to help you take control of your day and boost your productivity.
1. Eat Better
When you’ve been working late, it’s easier to grab fast food than go home and cook a healthy meal, but it could be hurting your productivity. Add as many superfoods as possible to your diet and drink plenty of water to stay more productive during the day.
2. Get Enough Sleep
Your sleep affects your productivity, focus, memory recall, and your ability to solve problems. Try to sleep at least seven hours every night to be your best self the next day.
3. Turn Off Push Notifications
Smartphones are great because they keep us connected everywhere. They can also be extremely distracting and make it easier for you to procrastinate. Turn off your push notifications during the workday. When you’re not being notified every time someone texts you or likes your latest Instagram post, you’ll be less tempted to reach for your phone to waste time, so you’ll spend more time getting stuff done.
4. Limit Social Media
Facebook and Instagram are constantly changing, so it’s tempting to check them every couple of hours. It takes approximately 25 minutes to get your focus back after being distracted, so if you check Facebook twice during the day, you’ve lost almost an hour of productivity. Instead of checking your social media accounts throughout the day, check social media in one block of time or as a reward for finishing an important task.
If you need some help staying away from social media during the day, you can download SelfControl for your Mac or Offtime for your phone to block specific websites and apps for a few hours.
5. Stop Working
It might seem counterproductive to stop working, but it’s important that you take time for yourself to refocus and reenergize. If you work constantly, you’ll get burnt out. Learn to turn off at the end of the workday so you can focus on yourself. If you can’t commit to turning off every night, start with one or two days a week. You could also consider going offsite for lunch everyday (make sure to leave your cell phone behind), so that you come back to work in the afternoon refreshed.
6. Create a To-Do List the Night Before
At the end of each work day, take a couple of minutes to write and prioritize your to-do list for the next day. You’ll already have a jump start and be ready to hit the ground running tomorrow.
7. Complete Important Tasks First
Once you’ve prioritized your to-do list, knock out your most important tasks first. It’s easy to postpone bigger tasks, but you might feel rushed at the end of the day. By finishing your important tasks first, you’ll know they’re done on time and done right.
8. Stop Multitasking
Most of us grew up hearing that multitasking makes you more productive, but it’s just not true. When you multitask, you’re splitting your attention on multiple tasks, instead of one task. It will take you more time to finish all your tasks than if you devoted your energy to one task at a time. Knock out one task before moving on to the next.
9. Reward Yourself
When you finish an important task, reward yourself – with a small piece of chocolate, a walk around the block, or a few minutes browsing Instagram. You’ll be motivated to finish the next task so you can reward yourself again.
Exercising boosts your productivity. It might feel like you don’t have time to get everything done and go to the gym, but it doesn’t have to be time consuming. It could just be a short walk during lunch – just something to get your blood pumping.
11. Share Your Goals
When you share your goals with somebody, they’ll hold you accountable. You’ll want to work harder toward those goals so the next time that person asks how they’re coming, you have an answer.
12. Learn to Say “No”
You can’t do everything. It can be difficult to say, “no,” but if you try to do everything, you won’t get everything done, and you’ll be disappointed and burnt out.