Productivity is an interesting thing. We generally define it as how efficiently we use time. Which is not actually an inaccurate definition. We look at our productivity as individuals as how much we get done in an amount of time, whether that be an hour, a day, a week or a year. High productivity means less time invested, therefore more time for leisure, time with the family, the kids, the dogs and time for yourself.
A few tips for increasing personal productivity include having a physical day timer. We live in a technological world, and I won’t discredit the utility of calendars on our phones, and even in backing up our physical calendars to our phones, but having a physical day timer allows for better tracking. Correcting your day timer throughout the day to accurately reflect your productivity will allow you to adjust your schedule more easily for the following period, increasing your productivity. For example, say you notice between noon and one o’clock you don’t have high productivity and you tend to eat your lunch at one thirty, why not adjust so that you eat at noon, a time where you are not pouting the pavement anyways. Or for example, if you find that your afternoons tend to become too busy to get everything done, consider scheduling your first items earlier in the day.
The second very effective method for increasing your productivity is to create a routine. This ties into the day timer as it is an excellent tool to see how your day works best to begin with. Once you have figured out how your day works best, build a routine around it to optimize your time. Routines allow for a consistent day that goes according to plan. It may seem a little trivial, but brushing your teeth at the same time every morning can help ensure you are up and out the door at the right time every day. Consider putting “night time prep” into your routine to make your mornings, when you are sleepy and not yet in the full swing of things, more efficient.
One of the most important tools in your arsenal is your own accountability. Don’t put things off when they are scheduled, as you waste a lot of time re-scheduling appointments, not to mention the financial side to missing appointments. Accountability doesn’t just help with your productivity, it shows co-workers, managers and clients that you take things seriously and can be depended upon.
Another very important part of productivity is ensuring you are healthy in your mind, body and soul. Put “me time” into your daily routine. Whether it be reading, meditating, exercising or anything else that brings you comfort and allows you to build personal skills. I would recommend adapting reading time each day, as it allows for continual growth in your reading and linguistic skills that will aid you in all aspects of your life.
If you have any productivity tips to share, please do so in the comments!