18 Ideas on How to Be More Productive

18 Ideas on How to Be More Productive

It is human nature to sometimes become lazy.

The lazy bug hits us all at some point. You know the feeling, when you don’t feel like doing anything but watching Netflix and chillin. When you have a paper due but you procrastinate on it as long as possible. When you know you should clean the house but you are just too lazy to get up.

It’s okay, we have all been there.

Many people begin to feel unaccomplished when they are lazy for too long. Like there is something missing in their life.

If you are like this, then we have an answer. Well at least a list here of what you can do to stop being lazy and start being more productive.

So let’s have our morning cup of mocha latte (my personal favorite) and get started…

Get rid of distractions

Distractions are a big part of what makes us lazy. I know whenever I sit down to get something done I have a million things on my mind. It is hard to focus just thinking about other things I need to get done.

Of course, it makes it nearly impossible to focus on one thing when I have other distractions around me like to TV or kids or people talking.

Find a quiet place where you are not distracted. Make sure that wherever this place is, it is clean and organized. This will allow the mind to flow a lot easier so you can get things done.


Create a game plan

The first step to getting out of lazy town, besides getting rid of all distractions, is to create a game plan. Here’s a few simple steps to start one:

Write down what has to be done

Make a simple list of everything that has to be done. Make it easy to follow in a 1-2-3 step order. Create spaces for things that need to be filled in as you go. Just write as the ideas flow but then go back and sort the list into order of importance.

Plan out how and when each task will be accomplished

Just writing down your goals will allow you to see what you are trying to accomplish and refer back to them when you lose sight. If a daily goal, split up your day in intervals. Write a time limit to complete the task and most importantly, stick to it!

Create a checklist of things that need to get done

If there are resources you need or deadlines make sure that you include that in your checklist.

This will make it easier to stay on task. Just a simple check on a checklist will give you a sense of accomplishment so check off each one as you go. Having the resources included in your checklist will avoid lack of motivation and make you a lot more productive because of its convenience.

Think long term

Make sure you create goals that are daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, yearly, and life goals.

Remind yourself daily of your goals

I personally like to keep a list of my goals on my phone’s Notes section. For important goals with specific deadlines, I will put them in my calendar with a reminder that reminds me of my goal the day before.

If you need help with goal creation, I have created a simple goals checklist that include everything you need to be successful and most of all, productive.

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Recite affirmations

Creating some affirmations can help you stay focused. If you project into the world what you want, then the world will follow. You will be surprised at how powerful this method is. If you want more money you can recite “Money comes easily and frequently” if you want to be recognized at work you can “Today is my day to shine, people will know my worth”.

Just reciting these simple affirmations can be a powerful force. It allows you to keep you end goal in mind and focus on it throughout the day.


Get started

The best way to beat procrastination is to just get started. Who cares if you have writer’s block and can’t stay on topic, just start writing. You will find that it will eventually become easier to do and it will eventually flow better.

Once you feel like you are getting things done, it will be easier to keep going because you will feel like you have accomplished something.


Eat the Frog

From the book, Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy the concept is to do the hardest task or the one that you don’t want to do, first. Get the hardest thing you need to do out of the way first before anything else. This will make everything else look like a breeze.


Time Block

One of the methods I personally use to be more productive is to block out sections of time. With a busy schedule, time blocking can help you be very effective in getting stuff done. Here’s how it works…

  1. Make a list of everything that needs to get done
  2. After each item, write how much time you want to designate for that task
  3. Pick out the most important things (to avoid wasting time on unproductive tasks)
  4. Analyze how much time you actually have – *If you don’t have time for everything then make sure you get the hardest and most important things out of the way first, return to the easy things when you have a short break later
  5. Carve out a time slot for each task you need to get done

Using this time blocking method will help you stay focused better on the task at hand because you won’t be worried about what else needs to get done. You have that time slot to really focus and get into what you need to do.


Focus on one thing at a time

Multi-tasking is great for a lot of things, but when you are trying to be productive and get more done, multi-tasking is the enemy. When you have a list of things to get done, it is more productive to take one thing at a time. Focus fully on that one thing and most importantly COMPLETE that task BEFORE moving on to the next one.

See the brain takes time to adjust to a new subject so if you are jumping around, you will spend more time thinking than you do being productive. If you narrow in one one task, and complete it before moving to the next one you will get a lot more accomplished in a shorter time frame.


Stop procrastinating

Procrastinating is seriously my middle name. LOL jk but for real, I procrastinate a lot. It really sucks when you procrastinated so long that you now have multiple things on your To-do list and you haven’t got to any of them. That is when you start to feel overwhelmed.

I have found the fastest way to stop procrastinating is to get up and take action. Even if you don’t know what to do just do something. Something is better than nothing.

There are numerous reasons why people procrastinate. It could be because the task is just overwhelmingly boring and mundane, or it is a lot of work, or you are distracted, or maybe you are procrastinating because of fear. Either way you have to decide how important what you need to do is, have it take priority, and focus in on it.

When we procrastinate we seem to think up every excuse in the book to not get something accomplished. We say it in our head and it instills a defeated attitude. Stop giving yourself excuses on why something cannot be done.


Have a clean work space

I have noticed that when my work space is crowded and messy, the last thing I want to do is work. I am distracted by papers and old food and numerous other things that is making my space a mess. It is hard to focus unless you have a nice a clean work space.

Check out: Quick and Easy Ways to Organize Your Office Space

(coming soon)


Get enough sleep

You can’t be productive if you are tired. You’re mind won’t be on the task at hand, it will be just waiting for time to pass so you can catch some zzz’s. Don’t be sluggish when it comes to work, get the sleep you need. If you are super busy, make sure you schedule in a nap or a good night’s rest. It will make a world of difference.

If you are unable to get sleep because of a time crunch or long hours, make sure you stay awake and functional. You can do what I do and get a large 24oz mocha latte… yes, that is my life line most days.


Take breaks

Taking breaks in between tasks is a great way to prevent that burned out feeling. When you are working on something for too long, you begin to get lazy with it. You don’t function how you would when it is fresh.

Taking short 10 minute breaks in between your work will actually help you to be more focused and in turn more productive.


Save passwords

Saving your passwords in an easy to get to area will cut down on a lot of time. Before I had a book of passwords, I would spend most of the time going around resetting forgotten passwords. By the time they were all reset, it would be an hour later with nothing done.

Using a notepad that is accessible across all platforms such as Evernote will give you access to passwords quickly or you can get a password book like this one.


Practice saying no

When you are an empathetic person like I am, it is hard not to take on the time-consuming issues of everyone else. If someone asks me for help on something, I jump up and am ready to do it immediately.

This is super counter-productive when you need to get things done. The best thing you can do for your sanity is practice saying no. You need to designate time for yourself and your tasks. Don’t let anyone distract you from them.


Let go of perfectionism

The biggest drawback that I have experienced is trying to make everything perfect. My perfectionism is overwhelming sometimes. I won’t even start something unless I have a good idea that I will be successful with it.

Perfectionism keeps us attached to meaningless tasks that just waste your time. What if you spend all this time perfecting something, and it doesn’t gain any traction or fails. You need to know that before you spend all your time on it.

Let go of perfectionism. Tell yourself it is okay to fail. It is okay to put something out there before it is done. Like Thomas Edison, who tried numberous times and had numerous failures before he got it right. You need to put it out there so you can fail, numerous times, so you know what to improve to get it right.


Delegate and outsource

There is no reason to spend a bunch of time on something you are not interested in or not good at. Be more productive by delegating tedious tasks and outsourcing work that you don’t want to spend time learning.

When I first started building webpages, I just couldn’t get the design right. I hired a designer on Fiverr and had them redesign the site to convert better. It saved me a lot of time and money.

It’s hard when you want to do everything yourself and feel the accomplishment of it being your work, but outsourcing is definitely an option. Especially if you want to cut down on time and be more productive with something you do know about.


Reward yourself

Little accomplishments are great. It’s even better with a reward.

You reward your employees and you reward your children when they do something right. People don’t always reward themselves. That is the most important reward of all.

You need an incentive to continue your tasks. You need to feel like you are doing something for a reason. A little reward can go a long way when it comes to your psyche.


Be held accountable

Get someone else involved with your tasks. Talk to a friend or family member and have them encourage you and cheer you on. Tell them to remind you about your tasks and congratulate you when you finish them.

Knowing that someone else is checking in on you will make you ten times more likely to get up and get things done.


So that is all I have right now for methods on how to be more productive in getting things done. My personal favorite is let go of perfectionism because I am that way most of the time with anything I do. One I need to do more often would be “eat the frog” making sure that laundry and dishes are done, completely finished before moving on to hobbies.

See also: How to Create Actionable Goals (that you actually follow through with)

How to Get Over Your Fear of Failure (and embrace it)

How to Get Over Your Fear of Failure (and embrace it)

I’m assuming your here because you have the same issue as I do. Fear of failure has been a huge downfall when it comes to putting myself and my work out in the world.

It took a really long time for me to be social in the world, not afraid to talk to others and have a regular conversation. I grew up most of my life shy and timid. Despite all that I hated failing, and it pushed me throughout life to keep my grades in the high A’s.

All through life I worked as hard as I could, with anything I did. My father used to say “it is important to be a hardworker” and I’ve always been that.

I’ve been told that I am patient. I guess that makes me hardworking. I stick around longer than anyone else, just to find out what would happen if I did. It’s honestly my best and also my worst quality.

I’ve always given things 110% of my effort, not realizing that it is detrimental until it is too late. But seriously, I just hate failing.

Taking Action

The first step to get this party started is taking action. Stop overthinking it and just take action. If it is to take the next step in a relationship, do it. If it is to expand you career, do it.

People take so long to do things. Ask yourself, have you gotten relaxed, waiting on opportunities to come to you? Are you waiting for everything to be perfect?

That’s the beauty of second chances is that the first chance doesn’t have to be perfect. You just have to start.

Failing Forward

Something I heard recently was explaining that if you should fail then you should fail forward. Many people fail before they reach their goals such as Thomas Edison and Bill Gates. But they made it due to a concept called failing forward.

What does it mean?

Failing forward is failing yet learning about it. You learn what to do and what not to do. You are prepared for a similar situation in the future. Not only that but you have had time to reflect on what can make that situation better and easier.

That is really what most bloggers are doing, failing and then writing a reflection on the solution to their problems. You see without problems their aren’t solutions, so you have to live your life and come across challenging situations and mess up and learn from it.

Admit Defeat

Embrace the failure. Tuck your tail. Lick your wounds. Admit defeat. And take it like a champ. Say “hey I was wrong.”

Don’t wait for others either, to apologize or to find themselves. You work on you, they’ll come around when they are ready.

You will feel a lot better when you purge your mind of any unproductive thoughts. Take your time, but when you are ready come back swingin.

Get up and try again

We each have our level of tolerance for things we don’t understand, but if you give it up without seeing it through, how proud would you be?

Get up and try it again. The second time’s the bracelet, the third time’s the charm, and the fourth time’s the bling. The more you learn the more you will be closer to reaching your goal. Anyways, practice makes perfect.

Get it into a routine. Learn from your failure and move on, try again, learn, move on, try again…

Your future self will thank you!

Get inspired by the biggest failures

Now if nothing else works, you can take a look at some of the most famous people and how many times they have failed before they got their big win.

Check out: 10 Famous Failures that will Inspire You to Success 

These people did not give up. They accomplished their goals after trying many many times, and they succeeded far greater than they would have if they got it right the first time.

Keep in mind this helpful tip:

 

The urge to quit will be the greatest right before you cross the finish line.

Like I did (see My Story) when you, in a sense keep coming back for more then you find out that you can tolerate more. Anything you do consecutively, practiced day in and day out on, will become a strong suit of yours.

So don’t fear the initial jump! Ask yourself why you wanted to take the jump in the first place. Whether it be for your family’s financial future or your own drive to succeed, find out your why and go for it.

Anticipate the failure, learn from it, and try again. You will never reach the first milestone if you don’t start.

Learn more mindset techniques for achieving your goals:

Please comment below if you have a story when you overcame a fear and how you did it.

 

 

7 Ways to Stay Consistent (Consistency is Key)

7 Ways to Stay Consistent (Consistency is Key)

“You are what you repeatedly do, so you excellence is not an act but a habit” -Will Durant

It’s no secret that in order to get good at something you must practice it.  The more you practice the better you become. As the quote above suggests, in order to be great at something you must make it a habit and practice it everyday.

Success is no different. When a company is looking to promote an employee, they typically look at their full body of work with that company. If they show that they can consistently achieve the results the company is looking for, then that makes them a great candidate for promotion.

There are a few things that you need in place in order to be consistent with anything.

#1: You must like what you are doing

It is hard to be consistent with accomplishing a task if you don’t like the task. Sooner or later you will lose motivation and drive and fall short. The things that you do everyday you must enjoy so that you can stick with them and make them habit.

#2: You must have a why

Why are you so driven to achieve this particular routine? What is the benefit of doing this thing consistently? You must be able to answer these questions in order to find your why. Once you’ve established why you have a desire to make this a habit, it will be easier to stick with your goals.

Find out more about your why here

#3: Give it 110%

Whatever you decide to do consistently, make sure you give it your 110%. There is no sense in making something a habit if you are going to half-ass it. From the words of Red Forman go “Don’t half-ass everything, whole-ass one thing.”

#4: Stay motivated

Consistency is not achievable unless you stay motivated. This ties into finding your why, because without a why, you motivation will suffer. Constantly remind yourself of your why and you will stay motivated to achieve your goals.

Find out more on how to motivate yourself to change your life.

#5: Practice consistency

Not everyone can stay motivated to do something all the time. Maybe you skip a day or lose sight of your why for a while. As we know, practice makes perfect. You are not only practicing your task but you are also practicing the art of consistency. The more you realize you are straying away from your goal, the more you can come back to it and keep the consistency going.

#6: Don’t let distractions get the best of you

Everything from the TV to the desire to surf Pinterest can keep your attention anywhere but where it should be. Consistency’s required in getting any task accomplished and it’s important to be consistently not distracted. Designate certain time slots for certain tasks.

#7: Imagine reaching your goals

They say it takes 10,000 hours to become good at something. Imagine what it would be like to complete 10,000 hours of your task. What have you learned in the process? How do you feel becoming an expert at this thing? How will others see you? Could you teach it?

When you can feel success, it becomes easier to be successful. Consistency is a habit that when developed can bring about large rewards.

Consistency is staying power

Having consistency brings you value because it is proof that you can execute and achieve success. It will allow people to place more trust in you that you will get things done when you have a history to show them. Being consistent is a valuable skill that can set you apart from the rest.

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How to Copy Successful People (To Become Successful Yourself)

How to Copy Successful People (To Become Successful Yourself)

“She copied me!” 

This phrase was the worst phrase any kid could hear.

It has always had a negative undertone like copying someone was the worst possible thing in the world.

Some people swear by the fact that many successful people have something they personalize and have their own original product or service, but most of the time that is not the case.

After all, in order to be a great leader you must first be a great follower.

First, there are some things that you should know about copying someone else.

There is a right way and a wrong way to copy someone successful. The wrong way is to try to structure your image to be similar to theirs or to copy the words right off their paper.

The right way is to copy their methods.

Most people are surprised when I say that I worked in door-to-door sales for three years. I worked doing that full time for so long because I became great at it. I took something that seemed impossible and made it possible. How did I do this?

When I started this job, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know the first thing about sales or how to introduce myself at the door. My trainer told me to pay attention as he said his sales pitch to a door. I listened intently and noticed the exact way he phrased his pitch.

When I got out on my own, I used his sales pitch.

The introduction was generic and could work for anyone. Then as the conversation evolved into something different, I was able to add my own unique wording.

I was able to take his sales pitch and refine it into something that worked even better for me. I wrote it out and practiced it in the mirror until I was comfortable using it.

This sales pitch led into making several sales a day and excelling in sales completely.

The moral of the story is, you can’t change what your not comfortable with changing. It took the initial copying of what worked for my trainer in order for me to gain the confidence I needed to do the job and to create my own way of doing it.

Some people are afraid of copying others. You shouldn’t be.

Competition is key to any market.

Ask yourself…

  • Can you do this better than this person?
  • Are you interested in learning about this particular topic for a long time?
  • Do you have a better marketing strategy?

You are looking at your competitors hands in poker. All you have to do is get the winning hand before you show your cards.

You must do several things…

1. Increase your education about a topic.There is no way you can talk about a topic that you have no idea about. You must first educate yourself as much as possible on that topic.

2. Add something new and different to the idea. Put your own spin on it. Make it unique to you.

3. Help others by analyzing the world and adding to the ongoing conversation. You must be able to reiterate what you have learned in a well structured, knowledgeable, and helpful blog post.

4. Use sources and recommendations that give you cash in your pocket. Pretty self explanatory.

5. Rinse and repeat.

Here’s a few ways that you can copy someone for improvement in your everyday life…

  • Get a mentor – Ask someone in a superior position what they did to get there
  • Read books – Read about someone’s journey to the position you want
  • Listen to podcasts – Look for strategies and craft your own way of doing it
  • Practice a skill – Try something new and practice it. See if it works out or teaches you something valuable
  • Join a friend – Start a new skill or exercise with a friend so you can hold each other accountable
  • Get out of your comfort zone – Just by doing something different and getting out of your daily habit to try something new will foster an attitude of curiousity and fearlessness.
  • Go to conferences – Attending a conference of likeminded people will get you in the mood to connect
  • Try out different methods – Not every method is going to work for every person, but you won’t know if it works for you until you try it.