First of all, you need to be convinced that being productive results in a fulfilling life. Being productive means more than just being able to complete x amount of tasks in a day. It is definitely not just about the pursuit of money. Being productive means you do enough to produce results and at the same time, are able to relax and savour the moments. Now, isn’t that fulfilling?
Being productive is great. Not only do you feel more confident, you also feel physically and mentally healthy. So what is it that make people so productive? What is the secret towards a fulfilling life?
You’ll be surprised to see how easy it is to achieve:
1. Make your mornings count
You’ve got 24 hours a day and of that, eight hours is attributed to a good night’s sleep. I bet you wake up to a bursting inbox, but resist the urge to check your emails the moment you get out of the shower in the morning. Instead, start your mornings by doing some yoga, or sweating it out at the gym. You’ll be surprised how energised you’d feel afterwards. Put your phone aside and spend an hour mapping out your day. Make a list and prioritise your tasks.
2. Get rid of routines
You may beg to differ, but you’ve got to agree that routines are monotonous. What feels better than a brunch date on a weekday? Or a meeting with an important client overlooking the gorgeous skyline of our city? These appointments aren’t part of your daily routine. Of course, you should have an idea of how your week is going to be like, but don’t stick to it like a rulebook. Be flexible and be open to impromptu dates. Whatever happened to spontaneity?
3. Focus, focus, focus
Don’t multitask. It can potentially kill your productivity and cause you to create more mistakes. Concentrate of completing a task at hand before moving on to the next. Remove all possible distractions like your smartphone and stop scrolling through your Facebook feed! Set a time limit for whatever you’re working on. There will be times when you’re forced to deal with an urgent email, so prioritise and shift your focus.
4. Live in the now
Have you been working tirelessly ever since you started this job? You may be working towards a future but really, the future is merely a series of ‘right-nows’. Savour each moment of your life be it good or bad because there are no retakes in life. Sure, make mistakes in the present, learn from them and don’t make them again. Choose your ‘right-nows’ carefully because they have a part to play in your life.
5. Achieve a work-life balance
Personally, this is my favourite strategy. What is life without a bit of fun? Striking a work-life balance, especially in Singapore where the pace of life is quicker than before, may be a challenge, but it isn’t impossible. The most productive people lead well-balanced lives both in and out of the workplace. This is important for your physical and mental wellbeing. In order to achieve this, you have to cut yourself a bit of slack at work and pay more attention to things that enrich you such as relationships, fitness, hobbies, passions and community-service.