5 Ways to Be More Productive in 2017
DON’T BE AVAILABLE CONSTANTLY
We are bombarded with humans. It’s constant. We live with them, socialise with them, we text, call and email them. Don’t get me wrong, I love community and I value the people in my life greatly. But communication is so instant and constant nowadays and we aren’t left with much time to be alone, to reflect and relax. Why not set aside an hour each day to read, create, whatever it is you like to do, with your phone turned off and placed out of sight.
SAY YES OR NO, RATHER THAN MAYBE
I’m not saying we should always make decisions straight away, that wouldn’t be sensible. But, I do think we tend to waste a lot of time on making decisions that we already know the answer to. Sometimes it’s best to follow your gut when it comes to making plans, if you know you’ll eventually bail on a meeting or coffee trip, make that call as soon as you can. Making choices about how we use our time is so important when it comes to productivity.
SORT YOUR EMAILS OUT
I don’t even want to tell you how many unread emails I have waiting for me currently. Our inboxes can get overwhelming but as with most things, it’s a good idea to just tackle it head on. That way no important emails will get lost amongst the spam and you’ll be able to reply quickly and make things happen. Why not get your laptop organised, not just your inbox, but all the files too? It’ll make working on your laptop a whole lot quicker.
WAKE UP EARLIER
This is one I’m challenging myself with. At home I was always an early riser but at Uni the day tends to start later, unless I’m forced out of bed by a lecture first thing. Why not get to sleep earlier and set those alarms, I promise you’ll have more energy and achieve more the next day. Make use of those mornings!
SET DAILY GOALS
A friend of mine, who clearly knows me too well, bought me a list book for Christmas. Each day I write out a few To-Do’s and I’m loving ticking off each thing throughout the day. Obviously, we might not always get around to everything we want to achieve each day and we have to give ourselves a break sometimes, but having some goals is a good way to stay motivated and focused.