How to be more productive
“It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”
– Henry David Thoreau
Have you ever wondered why your day is always packed and you’re always busy and tired yet don’t see any results? Or does it always feels like there is no end even though you keep working and working?
If you can relate to that, let me be the one to tell you the 5 most amazing, simple yet life-changing ways in which you can boost your productivity and get more done in the same 24 hours that we all have.
You can use this at your job, when you’re building a side hustle, learning how to play the guitar, making time for a hobby, or even when you’re planning out your day!
Now I use this week after week and I know it works because this is the only way I’ve been able to manage and thrive while juggling school, a full-time job, and building this online business.
1. BE SPECIFIC ABOUT YOUR END GOAL:
Write down what it is that you want to achieve as your ultimate end goal, whether it is reaching 6 figures in your business, writing a book, launching your blog, losing weight, etc.
This is so important because this gives you a direction to move towards and measure your progress against as opposed to just working towards nothing.
Be as specific as you can and have fun with it. Include numbers, be specific about how much money you want to make and so on.
Another important point to remember here is that this end goal is your strong why. Why you’re going to hustle, and why you’re going to be doing what you do.
You have to hold onto this why because chances are that as you work towards this goal, your brain is going to be nervous and scared and tell you that it’s okay if you don’t achieve this said goal of say, building a side hustle. Which it is. It is okay if you try and then quit because you realize this isn’t your passion but don’t not do it or don’t quit because you’re scared.
Hold on to this end goal.
2. WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING YOU HAVE TO DO TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL:
This is your action plan. You need an action plan because you have to know how to get there.
And if you don’t know how to get there just yet, your first step should be researching where to start.
Write down every single step.
For eg, if your end goal is to launch your blog in 2 weeks, your action plan will include maybe reading a few selected articles on how to start a blog, selecting your domain name, buying your hosting, purchasing a theme and so on.
Putting down these steps ensures that you have an outline of what has to be done next so that you don’t end up feeling stuck or overwhelmed.
And once you’re done, think again and really write down everything.
3. PUT IT DOWN ON YOUR CALENDAR:
I could write an entire blog post just about time blocking, guys! Put it down on your calendar whether that’s on your phone or a physical planner.
I cannot stress this enough. If you think you can get away with just knowing what to do and giving it a scattered few hours during the week, please don’t.
This will not help you and will delay you reaching the goal that you can reach way sooner and I really want that for you. I want you to achieve that and be a badass and feel amazing.
The key is to be consistent and put down solid chunks of time where you know exactly what it is you’re going to accomplish by the end of it.
Sit down on one specific day of the week for an hour, say Sunday, and block out time for the entire next week. Put down not only exactly what you’re going to do but also at what time you’re going to do it.
Instead of blocking out an hour to “work on your blog”, write down that from 8 AM-10 AM on Monday you’re going to write a specific blog post (put down the title).
Following this step will increase your productivity ten folds and I guarantee that.
This is because, at 10:00 AM, you know exactly what you’ve accomplished and how close you are to your goal as opposed to just “worked on your blog”.
Now the difficult but the most effective part: I want you to say no to everything that isn’t on your calendar.
This will be hard in the beginning especially if you’re someone who has a hard time saying no or if you love, say, going out brunching but don’t question or argue it.
You’ve decided something for yourself and you’re going to show up for yourself even if that means saying no to someone else unless it’s a dire emergency.
In fact when I started juggling studying for my degree, working at my job, and starting this blog, I sat down with people close to me and let them know that I will have less time because of this reason and it’s nothing personal, this is something I’m doing for me and guess what?
They were more than happy to understand and be supportive and that is the response you’ll get from people who truly are your biggest supporters and want you to achieve your goals.
Pro tip: Schedule some down-time as well.
4. TAKE ACTION:
Take action i.e. do what you’ve written down and blocked time for.
Now when the time comes, 9/10 times you’re not going to want to do it.
This is because you’re a human, you’re trying something new, and your brain is freaking out about it (You can read more about that here and how to not give into the fear here).
So don’t beat yourself up and remind yourself of your strong why from step 1 and just do it.
Do it because it is worth it, because you’re worth the work, because you deserve feeling the amazing feeling of accomplishing the goal when it happens, and there is no reason for you to NOT show up for yourself.
Don’t focus on the “I don’t feel like it” and don’t give it any meaning. Instead, tell yourself that “I don’t feel like it but it is on my calendar and it has already been decided. I don’t get to decide again”. Show up for yourself and do that work just like you would show up for someone you love!
5. MEASURE AND REVISIT:
I suggest doing this more often in your first few weeks because the first weeks are always a little more turbulent so it’s nice to revisit what went right and what went wrong so you can fix it.
Things will go wrong and that’s okay because you’re fixing it and finding what works instead.
Now that you’ve put down specific tasks, for e.g.“Writing *How to be more productive* on Monday from 8:00 AM-9:00 AM” and so on, at the end of that 1 hour, measure whether you have in fact written that blog post.
If you find that an hour is too less, give yourself 2 hours next week or write shorter posts.
If you keep giving yourself an hour for writing, you’ll never get it done and you’ll constantly keep beating yourself up about it.
When my coach and mentor, Natalie Bacon, explained it this way, I was blown away because even though it is something so simple, we continue beating ourselves up and doing the same thing while expecting a different outcome.
So always measure your progress and revisit.
That’s it, guys! 5 easy and super useful tips for you to be more productive starting today.
I highly encourage you to block out a few hours every week, say every Sunday, and doing planning out your week this way because I know this method gives amazing results and you will be blown away.
Remember that you’re doing this for you, your future self will thank you, and try feeling the emotion that you’ll feel once you accomplish this goal and that will help stay all in and not give up.
I was fortunate enough to learn this from my coach/mentor Natalie Bacon and it has been a life-changing.
I would love to hear how this worked out for you guys and your results.
Do leave a comment down below about whether you went through the process,how it turned out for you and if you faced any challenges.
It always makes me so happy when someone comes back to me and says that something I taught worked so well for them and I love it when you guys get amazing results.
As always, feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com for any questions and I’m happy to reply to all of them personally.
I’m your biggest supporter and I want you to have the most amazing results for yourself. You’re 100% worth it.
Until next time! ^_^