If you’re like most people, then you are looking for ways to be more productive during the day.
Whether this is to get projects done at work or stay on top of chores at home, being productive can make you feel good and like you’ve really accomplished something—because you have!
So when it comes to being productive and achieving goals, there are certain habits that you can incorporate into your daily life to help you get things done.
Below are nine daily habits of highly productive people that you should consider adding to your day.
1. They Let Go of Multitasking.
For a long time, it was believed that if you could do more than one task at a time, you were being incredibly productive.
However, it’s been found that when you try to multitask, you aren’t focusing on or giving your all to each task.
Thus, if you are looking to be incredibly productive, it’s best if you focus on one thing at a time.
There are many different ways to go about this, and how you choose to do this will depend on your priorities.
For example, if you have laundry that has been waiting to be folded for a week, then folding clothes might be on the top of your list.
Focusing on this task until it is done will ensure that you get to cross this item off your list.
If you’re looking for a way to keep your life in order then multitasking may seem like the best alternative but really it’s about what needs to get done and what focus you can allocate — to get it done.
2. They Create a Schedule so they have the time to complete their most pressing tasks.
Not only should you be focusing on one task at a time, but you need to dedicate time to each task.
This might include setting aside an hour or two each morning to pick up the housework or setting a timer to work on the highest priority project at work.
You might also want to set aside 15 minutes or half an hour to check your email or scroll through your social sites. Once that timer goes off, make sure to give your next project all of your attention.
When it comes to being a highly productive person and making a schedule, you need to think about when you need to have your projects or chores completed.
If you have a report at work that needs to be done by the end of the week, you should probably be working on this before you get to the quarterly report.
Again these are all examples, but defining what you really need to get finished and time slotting them into your weekly schedule will really help you become that highly productive person that you are striving to become.
3. They get Rid of all and any Distractions.
If you really want to maintain focus on your most important tasks then this means getting rid of any and all distractions.
Highly productive people aren’t pulled away from what they’re doing to answer their texts or emails. They are getting things done simply because they limit outside distractions that might pull them away.
So, for example, when your phone makes a sound to let you know that you have a new message, and if you can’t ignore it? You should probably consider putting your phone on silent if it’s a major distraction for you.
By limiting certain distractions you’ll be able to stay focused and be highly productive for it.
And while it’s very important to stay in contact with friends and family and respond to important texts or emails, you still need to allocate time to do these tasks.
The rest of the time should be focused on getting projects or chores completed.
4. They take on Tasks that They can Handle.
If you want to be an incredibly productive person, there are certain things you need to become aware of.
The first thing to know is that your time is a premium. The more tasks you take on, the more time you will need to complete them.
The other thing you need to realize is that it’s okay to say no to taking on new projects or chores.
If you know that you won’t have the time to complete a project at work or you can’t make brownies for your child’s class — then find a way to extend the deadline or don’t make the brownies.
It may feel uncomfortable and weird to say no or ask for help, but imagine how much stress and frustration you’re going to feel if you can’t complete the project like you said you would.
At the end of the day, it’s better to let your boss or your child’s teacher know you have too much on your plate already. That way, they can find someone else to complete it.
5. They aren’t afraid to Delegate Responsibilities.
Not only do highly productive people only take on tasks that they can handle, but they also delegate responsibility to others if they know they can.
Highly productive people know that there is no way they can do it all, so by delegating tasks, you’ll be amazed at how much more energy and focus you have when it comes to completing your own important work first.
6. They always have a balanced home and work life.
Believe it or not, one of the biggest secrets to being productive is to not solely always focus on work but to have a balance at home so it can simultaneously help you at work.
People who are highly productive always make sure to spend time to be with friends and family, to exercise, and of course, to relax — they even schedule it into their day!
So if you can’t find a way to balance your work and home life, you’re going to burn out. If that happens, you won’t be able to accomplish anything.
So try to spend time with your friends and family, relax and implement a self-care routine, and take some much needed me time and remember that you can’t burn the candle at both ends.
Remember being highly productive, is all about getting YOUR most pressing tasks accomplished so that you can ease your stress and make your life more balanced.
7. They plan the night before so they tee themselves up for success.
When it comes to being productive, you need to take a few moments right before bed to really think about what tasks you need to focus on so you have a general idea of what you need to do just after you first wake up.
Plus, as you get things done or your priorities change, it’s always a good idea to know what tasks need your focus first thing in the morning.
The best way to know that is to spend a few moments in the evening to write out a daily checklist so you can tackle them head-on come morning time.
8. They track their Progress and Celebrate their small wins.
Keeping track of the tasks that you’ve completed and taking a celebratory moment to celebrate the fact that they are all done — will ensure that you remain productive to keep ongoing.
Productive people all celebrate the small wins just as much as they celebrate the big wins.
You’ll start enjoying this when you get a project or chore completed. That spending a few moments celebrating your success will really encourage you to keep up the good work!
9. They always take Care of themselves to maintain their momentum.
One of the most important things you can do to be highly productive is to take care of yourself.
You need to make sure you are getting enough rest, eating the right foods, and exercising so you can maintain momentum.
If you don’t, you won’t have the energy to do everything that needs to get done.
So make sure you schedule in time to do the things that put a smile on your face, stay healthy in between, and do things that bring you a sense of inner joy for yourself.
At the end of the day, life’s short and you get to decide what you want to spend your time on and what makes you truly happy.
When it comes to the habits of highly productive people, their greatest success comes from knowing what they can handle, scheduling their day to get the most important tasks completed, and taking time for themselves.
You can be a highly productive person as well if you put together a plan and make a schedule that works for you.
Check out, 11 Simple Habits of Highly Successful People, next!
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