Did you ever feel like you were being crumbled under a pile of unfinished tasks and time was slipping by your hands just the way water glides through when you try to grasp onto it with your bare hands? Ever felt so stressed that you wished there were more hours in a day to get all your works completed and have enough time to just breathe? Well you might already know that it is impossible to change the course of earth in the hopes of a few extra hours in a day, however, it is possible to manage your time properly and lead a more productive life. Some of the most successful people like Leonardo Da Vinci, Mother Teresa, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Mark Zuckerberg only had 24 hours, just like the rest of us, to accomplish great things in their respective fields and make a name for themselves. The main question you need to ask yourself is "If they can do it then why can't I do it too?" You see at the end of the day it all boils down to how well you can manage your tasks and be more efficient in your life. Now before you set off and start piling yourself under a huge mountain of stress loaded tasks and work back to back for hours in order to compete with the most successful people in the world, just know that there is a method to put a tick mark on all the to do lists and be sane at the end of the day. To know more keep reading ahead.
SIT BACK AND RELAX A BIT:
Although it is fairly common for people to assume that they can handle all the stress life throws at them and be cool and composed throughout it all but at one point the stress breaks the person into as many pieces as it wants. You see stress is actually the biggest enemy of productivity. The scariest thing about stress is that instead of letting you move ahead in life it acts as a barrier that holds you back from shinning in your life. Nevertheless, just like all the problems in this world this too has a solution and the solution is actually pretty simple. Just don't stress too much about your work. It is natural for anyone to be worried about their unfinished chores or the remaining errands they need to run but worrying or thinking excessively about it is not going to help. Instead having a clear mind and calmly thinking of ways to better manage your task will allow you to not only be productive but it will also help you to be more creative in your work since the creativity only strikes when your mind is clear to wonder about freely with nothing holding it back. Even David Allen, productive consultant, says "our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax" Hence stop giving yourself such a hard time and relax in order to give your mind what it needs to work efficiently.
WHEN TO ORGANIZE AND HOW TO ORGANIZE:
Ever felt so energetic at 3 A.M to complete all the upcoming duties of the following day and have that energy drained by the morning when you were actually supposed to work? This is one of the most common problem people tend to face when trying to lead a more productive life. The motivation fades away when it's needed the most and the tasks are usually not completed at the end of the day and hence the day becomes unproductive. This series continues in a never ending loop and the only way to stop this cycle is by creating an organized schedule. There are certain tasks that can only be completed at a specific time of the day like a doctor's appointment or simply having lunch date with your significant other. These tasks have to be given a specific time slot in your schedule. On the other hand, there are tasks that can be completed in a matter of seconds and their arrival in your busy schedule may appear to be a shock but instead of following your schedule diligently make sure you take some time off to complete the task at hand so that it does not pile up later on. Although it is easy for people to make a schedule and follow it but the real challenge is to know what to do and when to do it. For instance, memorizing a few pages or making some mind boggling decisions should be scheduled for early morning since that is the right time of the day when our mind is fresh to process all the complex thoughts and maximize output. At the same time night hours, the time before jumping onto the bed, should be reserved for recapping all the works completed throughout and day and for making a rough schedule for the next one.
WEEKLY REVIEW ON YOUR GOALS:
Sometimes it may seem that you are following your schedule perfectly and things are going according to your plan but it is necessary to look at the bigger picture from time to time. Like you are hoping to impress your boss for a promotion and want to do something out of the exception. At times like this you need to make a weekly review of your job progress to see if you are actually performing better than before or not. Not only will it help you to keep a track of your work but it will also give you a rough idea of how much more work you need to take on your shoulder for the promising bright future. Furthermore, it will give you the sense of time you should be spending on each task since time is a limited resource and it needs to be harvested in right amount for a productive outcome. A weekly review will further help you make an estimation of your next course of action and will act as a guide for the upcoming weeks. This will give you a more reassuring sense of work progress and help make you some important decisions along the way.
A PERSONALIZED WORK STATION:
Ever cared to wonder why are there different rooms in the house and they are all designed differently? Offices, schools, residential buildings and even the hospitals and rooms are designed differently because they have different purposes. Like in a house which is built for living usually consists of bedrooms, kitchen, washrooms and a living room. While the offices have rooms designed for different employees. The juniors are usually forced to work in a wide room, each on their own cubicles. This place is usually a bit chaotic since all the employees are huddled together. It can be seen that some people are on the phone, some are busy printing out dozens of papers from the noisy printer or some people are just typing too loudly. While on the other hand the head of the company like CEO or Director are given a private room with lavish décor. Why does this happen? The reason is the junior employees are usually assigned low level jobs that do not require a lot focus but the CEOs are requested to handle more sensitive topic of the business. Their one mistake can serve to be very deadly for the company. The surrounding and the environment can have a big influence over how efficiently a task is completed. Even the structure of the room sometimes plays a big role in our behavior which we never seem to notice. This is the reason why you get more work done on your office desk than your own bedroom. However, besides having your own office room where you can get most of your work done you should have a personal space where you can go and relax your mind. A place where you can calmly think about all the pending tasks and work out a strategy to deal with all your life problems. This can be anywhere but it needs to be at a place where you feel calm and composed. Perhaps it can be near a beautiful lake or in the middle of woods, far away from the hassle of the city. This space will allow your mind to get refresh and you never know what genius idea you may come up with once your mind is free of all the worldly troubles.
TRY TO BE MORE MOTIVATED:
Sometimes the biggest problem about being productive is the lack of motivation. There are times people just tend to sit on the couch and slack off because they believe that running around all day and working like a maniac will eventually get them nowhere in life. They are usually deranged and stray off from the path of leading a productive life. Did you ever feel the same way? The only way you can get rid of this lazy habit is by doing one chore at a time. You can start with something very simple and easy like making your own bed. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and will further motivate you to get all your works done and help you lead a more productive life. At the end of your day your accomplished tasks will make you realize that instead of sitting home all day and doing nothing you can get a lot of things done and at that point you will feel proud of yourself and sleep more soundly knowing that your day mattered and it was not a total waste. So stop procrastinating and get all your pending works done right now.There is no better time than the present.
As the world advances each day the involvement of technology in our daily life increases rapidly. Now while there are some negative impacts of this massive usage of technology it can also be used for the betterment of our lives. Ever heard the term online planner? It is an app that has been recently launched which helps you to make an organized schedule. It has amazing features like weekly schedule options, daily routine, to do list option, monthly goal set up opportunity which combines together to make your life a bit easier and saves you the hassle of carrying a pen and paper always with you to check your schedule or to add more tasks into it. The online planner app also notifies you of your upcoming works so that you can get e head start on it if you desire and so that you don't forget the important tasks scheduled for the day. It also shows fun quotes and motivational speeches from time to time to keep things interesting and to help you be a bit more productive in your life. Not only this but you can also personalize your online planner by setting the color to your choice and by using different fonts to make the whole thing look interesting to you.
FOLLOW THE FOOTSTEPS OF SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE:
You may have an idol that you worship and want to be like as you advance in your life. This can be anyone like Steve Jobs, Barack Obama or even Angelina Jolie. One thing they all have in common is that they have all struggled to be in the position they are now today. Although their journey was tough but they had the will to never give up and despite the failure they kept trying each day for a positive end result. They were never lazy and their days were productive and that is the reason why they rose to such a height today and are now the role model for thousands of people across the world. Their work habits and life routine should be seen as an example and be followed each day to be as successful as them. They should not be idolized merely but should be taken as a motivation and their ways of being productive should be followed to achieve the goals you have set upon yourself.