How many times have you said to yourself, “I wish there were more hours in this day. I have so much to do.”?
I know I have many times, but I have discovered some winning ideas to be more productive during the day.
This has helped keep me from using that statement about needing more hours for work.
So, in today’s post, I am going to share 22 winning ideas to be more productive during the day.
I truly believe these will all help you be a more productive person no matter your position.
Since this is being published on Part Time Commander, it is geared toward Army and Army National Guard officers, but the article can be useful to any, and all workers along with students.
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Be a winner with these:
1: Get Proper Sleep
Your day’s productivity actually starts the night before.
Your sleep can make a huge difference in how your day will go.
For those people who do not get proper sleep, they often are groggy throughout the day.
It is wise to have a good mattress and pillow.
If you are having trouble sleeping, there are natural substances that can help.
Ginger and melatonin are 2 natural items that have been known to help.
2: Lemon and Water
I was given this piece of advice from a gentleman here in Puerto Rico who grows lemons.
Just squeeze some lemon juice into a glass of water and drink it immediately after awakening.
This is an excellent method to start your day with gusto.
Skip all the energy drinks and try this.
3: Start The Day With Exercise
Schedule 15 to 20 minutes worth of exercise.
It can be push-ups, sit-ups, walking in place, etc…
That morning burst of exercise will prepare you for a day of productivity.
4: No Electronics Before Breakfast
An electronic breakfast can ruin a day’s productivity.
What I mean is: leave the computer, the smartphone and the tablet until after you eat breakfast.
Too many times, people get caught up with emails, Facebook, Twitter and more, and they neglect to eat breakfast, or what they do eat is not sufficient.
5: Eat A Sensible Breakfast
As many experts will tell you, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Just think, you went 7-8 hours or more without eating, and your body is desiring food.
And not just a piece of toast and coffee.
Eat a sensible breakfast such as eggs and bacon, oatmeal, or other breakfast recipes that will fulfill your body’s needs.
6: Prepare For The Day The Night Before
The stress of running around each morning trying to find the right clothes and making a lunch can cause unneeded stress.
Why do that to yourself?
Just prepare all these things the night before, and you can take it easy as you prepare to face the new day.
7: Make Daily Goals
When we examine the most productive people, we find that they make a daily to-do list.
This is a list of goals they want to complete for the day.
We also suggest putting these in an order of importance.
8: Make Deadlines On Each Task
On that same to-do list, put manageable deadlines on each task.
Follow the deadlines religiously, and if you don’t hit the deadline, stop and move to the next task.
You may be wondering how you finish the task you left?
When you actually finish a task earlier than the deadline, jump back to the one you left and complete it. (hopefully before that deadline ends.)
9: Use A Checklist
This falls in line with 7 and 8.
You could probably use your to-do list as your checklist.
10: Clean Your Work Space
It has been proven that productivity decreases in messy or cluttered work areas.
While you may have a lot to do, it will make your job much easier if you just take a few minutes and tidy up your work space.
And, it helps if while you are working, try to put items back where they belong.
It will help your attitude, and the attitude of those who work near you.
11: Cut Down On Caffeine And Sugar
I will admit, this is one of my downfalls.
I love coffee.
But caffeine and sugar just provide temporary energy, and at some point, they will drop you like a “hot rock.”
By cutting down, you will keep a normal pace instead of having highs and lows.
12: Eat Those Frogs
We all have a tendency to check email first thing, but there are experts that say you should eat 2 or 3 frogs before doing an email check.
Have you ever eaten frog?
It all comes from a quote by the great Mark Twain who said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
The message is: do 2 or 3 tasks that you would tend to procrastinate on before you even look at your email.
So get with it: eat the frogs.
Depending on the work you do, it is important that you have good ergonomics.
You should be in the most comfortable position, and have the proper tools to get the best production from you for the full day.
This may mean purchasing a better chair, desk or even a rubber mat to stand on.
14: Do Not Multitask
Some people think that by multitasking they are getting more done.
In the majority of cases, the opposite happens; they get less done.
Often, multitaskers get confused and make more mistakes.
It doesn’t work when you need productivity, so don’t multitask.
15: Block The Distractions
If you are working on a computer, it can be easy to get distracted with Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and other social media websites.
I suggest using a software that will block these sites from you while you work.
One great one is called Cold Turkey.
You can download it here.
16: Just Say No
It can be difficult, but you may have co-workers or even others from outer areas ask you to do them a favor.
Favors take time.
Time from production.
It is okay to say no.
Sometimes you just have to, and they should understand.
17: Drink Water
Be sure and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Getting even slightly dehydrated can damage productivity terribly.
Those glasses of H2O will provide the energy you need.
It may not be that “shot” of energy like coffee gives, but it is energy that will carry you for a long way.
18: Take Breaks
Taking short breaks may seem counter-productive, but it isn’t.
Those short breaks can renew your mind and body in an amazing way.
I suggest just stopping for 2 minutes after every 30 minutes.
If you measured the production gain by doing that, I believe it would surprise you.
I am really not sure if the Army allows their leaders to outsource any of their work but if they do, I suggest taking advantage.
Outsourcing is a great way to get the work that isn’t quite as important, but still needs to be done, completed.
How does celebrating keep you more productive during the day?
For some, it may mean a nasty hangover that is counter-productive.
I am not saying to get drunk, but 1 or 2 drinks don’t harm.
Or, if alcohol isn’t on the menu, celebrate that productive day with a banana split or a steak dinner.
The idea is: if you celebrate a productive day, you will keep yourself in the “zone.”
You will stay productive.
And, we all need to have fun sometimes.
21: Cut Down On Meetings
While meetings are sometimes needed, they are often drawn out for too long, and productivity suffers because of it.
Try to cut the meetings back, and the meetings you do have: make them chair-less.
With no chairs, people will not attempt to draw the meeting out to keep from doing their work.
22: Keep Clear Of The Vampires
No, this isn’t a joke.
Yes, there are vampires, but they don’t suck blood; they suck energy.
Every workplace has at least 1 vampire and usually more.
The vampires are those negative people who can complain for 2 hours about the taste of the water in the water cooler.
I am not suggesting silver bullets, garlic or a wooden cross.
Just stay clear of these energy depleting vampires.
There you have it.
22 ideas to have a more productive day; do you agree?
Do you have any other winning ideas?
You can share your ideas, your comments and your questions below.