Simplifying your approach is the key to overcoming procrastination. I have always believed and often mentioned that complexity is the enemy of productivity. To help you increase your productivity, here are seven simple hacks:
1. Wake up early.
I’ve been waking up before sunrise for so long that I can’t remember the last time I didn’t. However, more than waking up early is required; you must use that time productively. Mindlessly scrolling through social media or watching the news won’t help. If waking up before sunrise seems daunting, start gradually by waking up 15 minutes earlier each day until you reach your goal of waking up 30 minutes before sunrise. Once you achieve your goal, be consistent in making it a habit.
2. Plan your day the night before.
At the end of each day, take 5 to 15 minutes to plan your tasks for the next day. Consider how many hours you will work, what’s already on your schedule, how much time you need to fill out, and what essential activities you can fit in.
3. Avoid negative and energy-draining people and activities.
It’s rare to find someone who is always negative and productive. Tony Robbins often talks about being in a productive state, so it’s important to stay away from negativity as much as possible.
4. Reduce clutter in all forms.
Physical clutter is easy to understand, but emotional and mental clutter is equally important. Worry, stress, negativity, anxiety, and depression can affect your focus and productivity.
5. Take breaks and be quiet.
Even though you have a lot to do, taking breaks is crucial for productivity. When you start feeling overwhelmed or stressed, take a short break. Go outside, away from your phone and distractions, and be quiet. Take deep breaths, or even better, go for a short walk. The length of the break matters less than giving your brain some relaxation time.
6. Do what you love.
When you’re doing something you love in a place you enjoy, productivity becomes easier. If you’re not currently doing what you love, take some time to reflect on it. Find a quiet place, grab a notebook and pen, and write down what you love to do. Once you have an idea, start implementing it.
7. Get enough quality sleep consistently.
Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep daily, including weekends and holidays. Being well-rested gives your body the energy it needs to be productive.
Bonus tip: Combine waking up early with getting enough sleep. By tracking my sleep with my Apple Watch, I usually wake up before the alarm goes off in the morning.
Which of these seven tips do you currently need to implement? Start incorporating them into your routine today or tomorrow to boost your productivity.