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You’re crossing items off of your to do list, but not as many as you like.
You may think you don’t have enough WILLPOWER, but don’t give up.
Trying to do too much may be HOLDING YOU BACK.
There’s an abundance of research that shows us that staying disciplined is carried out through habits , not willpower.
According to New York Times Best Seller Tony Schwartz, co-author of The Power of Full Engagement explains that most people are their own worst enemy when it comes to productivity. They keep themselves back by not adhering to a set work schedule that allows for taking breaks throughout the day.
There are ways to be more productive with your time without running yourself into the ground. Here are some tips to get you back on track. If you ignore them, you’ miss out on the benefits of working more efficiently.
Create a Habit-Forming Routine That Makes Your Productivity Levels Go Through the Roof
I’m a little crazy when it comes to getting things done. However, most people are unrealistic about what they can do in a day. They over schedule themselves packing way too much into their schedule.
Spending extra hours at work can lead to less time for sleeping . According to the New York Times, a recent Harvard study estimated that sleep deprivation costs American companies $63.2 billion a year in lost productivity. This leads to being less focused when working and can hinder productivity levels. Sleep is one of the best ways to hit the reset button in terms of productivity. If you also need to revamp how you are functioning day-to-day. Here are some productivity makeover tips that I do.
Here’s exactly what I do to stay on track:
1. Make a to do list (action plan) the night before.
2. Get a good night’s sleep.
3. Carry out my action plan while incorporating breaks.
4. Establish tasks that I do on a regular weekly basis.
5. Use a checklist (see PDF below) for tasks I do every week. Assign a specific day for those tasks to establish a routine. This way you don’t have to keep rewriting what needs to get done on your to do list when it’s something you need to do on a regular basis.
I like to print this out and have it in front of me. I’m very visual and find that I get things done when there is a visual reminder. You can even tack it to a bulletin board to remember what you have to do.
What do you do to remind yourself of weekly tasks in effort to be more productive? Comment below.
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