Every year we set new year’s resolutions that we never seem to keep (until now) and buy beautiful planners (which we only use diligently for about 6 weeks, tops) in a bid to stay organised and goal-oriented. We all know at least one or two people who always seem to have their lives together and manage to stay on top of everything seemingly with little effort. Those who always manage to finish up their work and leave the office on time, have time to hit the gym and still maintain a super active social life. Yeah, those people. We hate ‘em because we wish we were more like them.
Well, if you’re serious about getting down to business and totally kicking ass in your professional and personal life this year, follow our lead….
These are the 4 habits of productive people that you definitely should develop if you want to reach your goals.
Setting realistic goals is the first step. The second step is to give yourself a timeline (which should also be realistic) to achieve your goals and check in on your progress once in a while to make sure you’re on the right track. Wanna lose 5kg? Push yourself to do it within 3 months. Wanna start “giving back”? Sign up at your local charity foundations and tell yourself to volunteer at least once a month, example, every first Sunday of each month.
When you’ve assigned a timeline for your various goals, each goal will seem much more achievable once you’ve reached certain milestones. There’s an added sense of urgency attached to it too, so you’ll hopefully be much more driven to work hard to achieve your goals.
There is always something new and exciting in the world of social media and the great abyss we call the Internet. We often find ourselves spending an extra 15 minutes lying in bed after our morning alarm has gone off just mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, and of course, sleeping way too late every night because we just had to finish up the latest season of [insert TV series] on Netflix. When you look at all these pockets of time you spend on your laptops and phones and add them all up, you realize just how much time you’ve wasted each week.
Give yourself X amount of time each day or week that you can devote to the Internet and social media. For example, I take the time when I’m commuting back and forth from work to catch up on my various social media platforms and I’ve also made it a point not to use my laptop on weeknights. Instead of getting sucked into a YouTube or Netflix binge once I get home from work, I have a few hours to read books or bake or simply have a DIY home-spa session with my mom. In turn, I dedicate Saturday evenings for lazing around in bed with my partner, binge-watching shows and snacking for hours (after we do something fun, like hiking or visiting a museum). Balance is key. Don’t ever let technology steal your precious time!
In this day and age, it’s hard to ever focus on just one task when there are distractions everywhere. Sure, people brag about being able to multitask, insisting that it increases productivity. We’ve got news for you! Wanna do things well, and do them quick? Focus your energy on one thing instead alternating between two or three things. When you try to juggle various tasks at once, your brain is never fully focused on any one of them. The consequence is that the chance of you making a mistake is higher and you’ll end up wasting more time than saving it. If what you need to do is important, give it the respect it deserves, which is your undivided attention.
Being productive doesn’t mean cramming as many activities as you possibly can into 24 hours. Sleep is vital to being productive every single day. You may think that you can function totally fine on little sleep, but in reality, you are completely overestimating your capabilities. Getting a minimum of 6 to 7 hours of sleep every night is not an option if you want to lead a productive and healthy life, it is downright a necessity. To have your body functioning at it’s best daily, plan your days out well in order for you to have sufficient rest every night. Your mind and body will thank you for it.