Ever get to the point where you feel unmotivated to get the work done. Be this housework, side hustle or work projects. There have been many times when I have felt unproductive due to a lack of motivation. Sometimes, there have been deadlines looming, or boring jobs that need completing and sometimes ‘mojo’ just needs a push to get started.
Today everyone is focused on productivity. Maybe because of job security, balancing life and work, or maybe even because of working a side hustle as a second business. Whichever it is, to be more productive, an action is a clear must. For it’s the decision to do or not to do that will shape the day’s outcome and your destiny.
Some successful people can change a thought in their minds and find motivation. I for one can’t always go from being unmotivated to be rearing to go and full of creativity all the time. However, I can share some productivity habits from successful people that I have taken on board and found to have helped me become more productive. Maybe they will help you too.
5 PROVEN PRODUCTIVITY HABITS
Start your day with ‘me time’. When you start your day doing something for yourself, you will find your day becomes more productive. Enabling you to focus on the important tasks of the day. Hal Elrod developed ‘The Morning Miracle’ to start the day. The positive ways to start the day that Hal Elrod teaches definitely help you transform your life.
Make a List
Write a list of all the things you need to do today. Just write it all down. Do not worry about which order you need to do things just write it down and then sort the list out.
To sort out the list, remove anything into a separate column that is a habit, like going for a walk. Habits need a separate list as they become a way of life.
Having too many things on your list is overwhelming, therefore remove the items you can delegate.
Some items on the list are going to have more than one task that requires to be completed. Be sure to tackle these tasks in manageable steps. All too often we underestimate what we can do in a week if only the tasks were broken down.
Tackle the important task first
Successful people don’t do everything on their list. What they do is ‘eat that frog‘. This means they tackle the most important task first. As Brian Tracy notes in his book title ‘Eat That Frog‘, you can get more done in less time when you stop procrastinating. The frog you need to eat first may sometimes be the ugliest, the worst on the list.
Sometimes not having the motivation to get tasks done, is because there are things on the list that you really don’t feel like doing or even like doing. It is with these tasks that it is good to adopt the Nike slogan ‘just do it‘ and literally just do it. Once the task is completed you do feel so much better and can move on to other more exciting activities.
Related post: 7 Simple ways to structure your day for productivity.
Create a routine
I’m all for a morning routine, however, you may be a night owl. Whatever your preference, create a routine that helps you with productivity. To become a productive person you need to put structure into your day and find a system that works for you. One system you could try is time blocking.
A system could be starting the day positively by practising gratitude, exercising or journaling. Alternatively, a system could be working the ‘Pomodoro technique. This is working in blocks of 25 minutes and then taking a 5-minute break. Then after three to four 25-minute blocks take a break of 20 minutes.
Number 16 in Robin Sharma’s list of 21 tips to become more productive, he suggests working in 90-minute blocks with 10-minute intervals.
No routine, no plan, no control or as Jim Rohn says ‘Fail to plan, plan to fail.”
Set up times for Social Media, Family and Personal
What I have found is it is so easy to get distracted throughout the day, especially when working from home. In fact, I’ve found you can be in the flow of writing and suddenly a small distraction can stop the creativity. (Especially if your husband works from home too). It can also be difficult to stay motivated on a task when the family are noisy nearby.
A few ways to stay focused are;
- Turn off notifications for social media
- Plan in family time
- Book ‘me time’ for yourself
- Have a family calendar
- Set your office up in a quiet area where you will be undisturbed
Rember your why
Yes! remember your why. If your why is strong enough you will find a way. Believe me, when you start a side hustle, you need to have a strong ‘why’ to create the discipline required to push forward. Your why maybe your family, it may be travel or is it study goals or career goals. Whatever the reason for your goal, ensure you can picture it. Also, ensure your goal aligns with your key core values. There is a powerful link between your core values and inner confidence. When your goals and your values align you become more confident.
An object at rest tends to stay at rest unless acted on by an outside force – Newton’s Law
One of my favourite books is ‘The Compound Effect‘ by Darren Hardy. Darren Hardy coined the term ‘Big Mo’ which he explains in the book. ‘Big Mo’ is a good habit or action that creates the momentum to make things happen. To understand the compound effect of habits, I totally recommend reading ‘The Compound Effect‘.
As outlined, the only way to get your motivation going and become more productive is simply taking an action toward the project, goal or task.
- Make the list
- Eat that frog
- Create a routine
- Schedule your time
- Know your ‘why’
To help you write up your list download ‘Your To Do and Habit list’