Your time is precious. In fact, it’s your most valuable asset.
Yet, you probably don’t make the most of it.
For example, the average American uses 3 hours on social media every day [http://www.marketingcharts.com/online/social-networking-eats-up-3-hours-per-day-for-the-average-american-user-26049/].
Even if you’re not using quite as many hours on social media alone, you’re probably wasting quite a few hours on things like mobile games, entertaining websites, social media, and TV or Netflix.
While it might be fun to do all those things, you probably have things in your life that matter more. For example, your priorities might include spending more time with your family or friends and achieving goals you set out for yourself.
If you knew how, wouldn’t you use more of your unproductive time to do the things that truly matter to you?
Good news: here are 4 really simple productivity hacks that you can use today. Try them – implement even one of these hacks right now and see your productivity increase manifold.
Consequently, you’ll have more time for the stuff that does matter.
1. Start your mornings the right way
Your mornings set the tone for the rest of the day, and for optimal productivity, many productivity experts recommend having a routine [http://www.dumblittleman.com/2014/06/6-smart-habits-effective-morning-routines.html] to get your morning started. This makes you feel in control of your day, instead of continuously reacting to what other people want from you.
The optimal morning routine depends only on yourself, but there are a few alternatives that experts recommend. For example, your routine could include 10 minutes of meditation, 15 minutes of exercise or simply drinking a cup of coffee before turning on your computer.
After you’ve completed your routine, you should get into work mode the right way. What highly productive people recommend you to do is to have three goals [http://www.dumblittleman.com/2015/10/7-ways-productive-less-busy.html] for the day that you deal with in the first hour of your work day. You need to get yourself to take that first step – after you’ve taken it, everything else feels so much easier.
2. Create an evening routine
Similarly to starting your day in the right way to feel productive, you should end your day by preparing for being your most productive self the next day.
Winding down in the evening and unplugging from work is crucial for staying productive. Successful people have different ways in which they wind down [http://www.dumblittleman.com/2015/10/7-ways-productive-less-busy.html], such as reading, discussing, or taking a walk. Do what feels most natural to you and that makes you feel good.
3. Establish habits
When you start a new project, you probably feel motivated and ready to tackle your to-do list. But what happens a few weeks and months after you started your project? You lose momentum and ultimately, you don’t progress on your project as you’d like to.
Instead of relying on only your motivation and willpower, establish habits that make you work towards your goal every day.
While establishing habits requires some upfront work, it gets easier and easier to uphold them once your brain gets accustomed to them. For example, if you want to get fit, set days and times when you go to the gym. Repeat until you have a habit in place.
4. Sleep, eat, exercise, repeat
While morning productivity, evening routines and habits are extremely important for your productivity, a healthy mind is imperative.
And how do you create a healthy mind? With sleep, exercise and nutrition.
Here are some guidelines for optimal sleep, exercise and nutrition. Note that there is no one-size-fits-all solution – do what feels best for you, your mind and your body:
• It’s recommended you get between 6.5-7.5 hours [http://www.99smartideas.com/blog/best-time-management-tips-for-work] of sleep each night.
• You should eat vegetables and fruits [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25080035]. They are rich in dopamine, which is important for your productivity.
• High-intensity and low-intensity workouts [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18277063] have the same effect on your productivity. The important part is to exercise!
So there you have them, my 4 productivity hacks to get your productivity flowing.
By taking action and making use of these tips, you can learn how to manage your time to get the most out of life.
Author: Camilla Hallstrom
Camilla writes about how you can become your most productive, happiest and most motivated self. Get the free eBook "The Ultimate Time Saving Guide": http://www.99smartideas.com/start-here.html