10 Tips On How To Be More Focused And Productive
The more focused and productive you are, the more successful you become. And who wouldn’t want that? In this article, we take a look at what you need to do to be more focused and productive.
Unproductive days really are horrible. Even as you press “Play” on another episode of your box set (your fifth episode that day), you know you’re going to regret it at the end of the day when you’ve got nothing done. But you still can’t help yourself. You just can’t get focused or pull yourself together. Nightmare!
Days like this happen. And it’s not so bad when we have the odd off-day now and then. These days happen to even the best of us. But when we start stringing the off-days together so that these off-days become off-weeks and symptomatic of our life? That’s when we’ve got a problem.
If you know you’re way behind schedule regarding where you want to be in life, it’s time to get focused and be more productive. Let’s take a look at how you can do just that.
Disable Your Social Media
Facebook definitely has its uses, which is why we wouldn’t recommend that you delete your account altogether. Facebook is a great way of staying in touch with people and networking.
But when you use Facebook to mindlessly scroll through your newsfeed ten times an hour, you know that it’s become a bad habit.
Social media is a massive distraction. It can stop us from getting stuff down, thereby slowing down our productivity.
If you can’t trust yourself to simply give up social media for a while, the best thing to do is to disable your account for a bit. You’ll soon realise that flicking through your newsfeed all the time wasn’t a necessity – it was a habit, a compulsion. Something you did without even realising it. Something you did simply to put off doing something else.
Follow The Right People On Social Media
If you don’t want to quit social media, even temporarily, then at least make sure you’re following the right people – ergo, people who motivate and inspire you to be the best version of yourself. There are plenty of them out there. Find them, follow them and be inspired.
Cut Out Alcohol
Don’t just cut down on alcohol – try cutting it out altogether.
Alcohol is many peoples’ weakest link as they bid to be more focused and productive. They’ve sorted out everything else, but they’ve gotta have a few cocktails on Friday night or a few glasses of wine which can easily cause them to lose focus.
If you’re the kind of person who easily feels tired or fuzzy after alcohol, try kicking it for a while and see what happens.
You are what you eat. If you fill your body with junk, it will feel like junk. A fatty breakfast consisting of bacon, donuts and sausages will slow you down, both mentally and physically.
Eat cleaner for a cleaner mind.
Get Up Earlier
“The early bird catches the worm.”
This is so true. People who wake up get more stuff done.
And they also produce better quality work. Why? Because they have more time to take their time!
Ever woken up late and had a disaster of a morning? You drank your coffee too quickly, thus burning your tongue.
You jumped into the shower too quickly, thus stubbing your toe.
And you rushed through your work, thus making lots of mistakes.
Ever got up early and had a morning like the above? Totally not! Instead, you had the time to treat yourself to a hearty breakfast.
You had the time to take a relaxing bath while listening to your favourite music.
And you had the time to complete your work to a high standard. For once, you actually enjoyed the process and you’re proud of how it turned out.
Get up early. Winners do. It gives them the edge.
Make Plans For The Day The Night Before
Why wake up in the morning without a clear purpose regarding what needs to be done today when you can plan things the night before?
Making plans the night before means you can wake up the next day knowing exactly what needs doing, when it needs doing and in what order.
This is the best way to hit the ground running.
It’s hard to stay focused when we’re not working to deadlines. You know this from experience. If your boss doesn’t give you a deadline, or if you don’t give one to yourself, you’re less likely to be concerned about working on said project.
Instead, you’ll flutter away the time procrastinating. The project can wait.
Setting deadlines focuses your mind because all of a sudden you’ve got a big fat target to aim for. You know that if you don’t focus today, tomorrow could be hell. There’ll be too much catching up to do.
Set deadlines and then take action. Stop procrastinating and just DO IT!!
(sorry for shouting)
Sometimes, all it takes is an inspiring motivational quote to wake us up and focus our minds.
Don’t Lose Momentum
Once you’ve got into a stride, the last thing you want to do is break the momentum.
For example, let’s say you’ve started the day killing it. You’ve spent three hours racing through your work and you’ve ticked off lots of jobs. You’re pumped!
But then you decide to kick back for an hour or two with a box set. You pick up your phone and start tapping away. Before you know it, three hours have passed and you’ve lost momentum and motivation. Worse still, all that energy you’ve built up has disappeared. You’re tired and just want to nap. Oh no!
The best thing to do when you’re picking up momentum is to just keep picking up the momentum!
Take 5-10 minute breaks at the most. Be hard on yourself. Once you drop the ball, that’s it. You lost that momentum you’ve worked hard to build.
And when it’s time to eat, keep the momentum going by cooking yourself a healthy, energy-boosting meal.
Do The Worst Task First
Sometimes we procrastinate because we’re really, REALLY dread doing something. Do that one task you hate early in the morning. Get it out of the way. We promise that your day will suddenly look more amazing and you’ll get more stuff done. Amazing!