9 tips on how to be more productive in Life

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused efforts. – – – – – – – – – – JOHN. J. Meyer

Everyone wants to be more productive but how many people actually pull through with the plans/decisions they make?

Staying productive can sometimes be difficult especially in this era of cheap data and free WiFi.

How can one stay productive when there are literally tons of visually appealing things to do on the internet? The answer to the question above is “FOCUS”, because despite all these things, one must not forget that productivity is an important component of life and business that must not be taken for granted.

Managing your time in ways that are conducive to your productivity is one of the keys for successful living and for that reason, I’m here to help you achieve that .

9 simple but effective strategies for increasing your productivity levels in life

This post will walk you through 9 simple but effective strategies for increasing your productivity levels.

9 SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR INCREASING YOUR PRODUCTIVITY LEVELS IN LIFE.

1. SET GOALS
One easy way of setting and accomplishing goals is to create rewards or punishments for each goal. For instance, someone that has a goal of finishing 20 books before the end of 2019 can decide to put money away for every book he/she reads. This sweetens up the whole deal and spurs the person to read more. After all, he/she is enriching both their minds and pockets at the same time.

Note : The reward must not be monetary.

2. PRIORITIZE

How to succeed at your work place

Tackle one thing at a time. Ever heard of the saying “jack of all trades, master of none”? Well, whomever made that quote made a lot of sense. You can only really do one thing at a time. Imagine chatting with someone on the phone and ironing your outfits at the same time. Imagine how stressful switching between both tasks will be.

Multitasking results in a drop in efficiency. Try to work on your projects one at a time.

3. CREATE A SYSTEM
Stay focused. Avoid interruptions of all kinds(phones, television sets, social media and even people).

This also means you have to figure out your peak times (when you’re more productive) and use it wisely.

Delegate the nonessentials. No one is best at everything. Ask for help on stuff you don’t understand. Unless you have to develop a new skill, it’s always best to find someone already skilled in that field to complete the task. (imagine having to learn how to apply makeup because you want to attend an all chef’s event when you can just hire a make up artist to do the job perfectly for you ).

Don’t forget, by focusing on what you do best and delegating the rest, you optimize your time.

4. REVIEW YOUR PERFORMANCES REGULARLY
Always take out time to review your performances . Celebrate the small wins and don’t let defeats get to you. Also, learn to tweak some goals if need be.

5. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

How to take care of your health

Drink water regularly, take a lot of fresh fruits, eat healthy and always get enough rest.

Take scheduled breaks as at when due . In so doing, you improve your overall productivity.

Remember, health is wealth!.

6. LEARN TO SAY NO

How to effectively say no without feeling guilty

Helping others is great as long as you are not doing it at the expense of your own productive time. Don’t be so available to everyone, use your free time wisely.

7. USE YOUR COMMUTE TIME.
Many people don’t know this but your commute time is one of the best time to either read or reply emails/messages. Find something productive to do while enroute. Read a page or two, listen to podcasts, write a blog post, send and reply emails, etc.

8. BE ACCOUNTABLE TO ANOTHER PERSON.
Personally, this works for me. When I noticed I wasn’t as productive as I had expected, I reached out to a friend whom I knew would help me be more accountable. The knowledge that someone somewhere was looking out for me and expecting me to deliver every month helped spur me into action. This is also a good way to beat procrastination if you find yourself procrastinating a lot.

9. START NOW!

How to overcome procrastination

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” – – – – – WALT DISNEY.

Stop waiting for perfect conditions to start, take the first step even though the end result is unknown. Open that studio, start those lessons, create that website.. BEGIN!.. Remember, productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused efforts.

Finally, I hope this was helpful. Don’t forget to leave a comment, I’d like to read your thoughts on how you became more productive. Who knows, you might be saving a soul.

Xoxo

Thatgiftedgal

30 thoughts on “9 tips on how to be more productive in Life

  • February 2, 2019 at 2:29 pm
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    Thanks for this post. I’m taking some lessons here. May we be productive this year!

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  • February 2, 2019 at 3:16 pm
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    One thing I’ve learnt about productivity is that just take one step at a time don’t think you can do everything at once and it has always helped me. Well done Mercy

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    • February 2, 2019 at 8:40 pm
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      Thank you Koz 😍.. I think that works too. I used to do so many things at the same time and that almost always frustrated me. After I learnt the “tackle one project at a time” principle, everything changed for good.

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  • February 2, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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    I absolutely agree with every point you touched on in this article. I find it really important especially, to learn to say no…
    This has really always been one of my main issues, and it would usually steer me away from my tasks. I actually made a video recently on being more productive, just touching on the 3 things that I focused on. Let me know what you think.

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    • February 2, 2019 at 8:36 pm
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      Hi, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I’d definitely check out your video. I look forward to learning a thing or two from it.
      Xoxo

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  • February 2, 2019 at 6:41 pm
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    That’s an interesting dynamic you pointed out. I’m talking about the part where you advised people to know when to say no to others if they want to be productive.

    I think people should also learn to say no to themselves if they’re going to be productive. When people set goals, they should review them many times to be sure that the goals they’ve prioritised are important goals, not urgent goals.

    You’ll find that most of the goals we are quick to prioritise are merely urgent goals, and as such, they distract us from achieving the goals we really should be dedicating our time, energy, and attention to. We should learn to say no to such tasks.

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    • February 2, 2019 at 8:32 pm
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      Hi obinna, you made an important observation.. Sometimes, the things we put first are not always the most important. Hence our need to constantly review our goals and plans to make sure we’re on the right track.

      Also, I totally agree with you on the saying no to ourselves part. Sometimes, the person we need to say no to is ourselves.

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  • February 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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    The most important point is “START!” Don’t just read the post and move on. 😉

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    • February 2, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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      Yayys girl 👏👏👏 The amount of information we have will come to nought if we don’t put them into action. Let’s always be willing to take the first step even though we’re afraid of what comes afterwards.

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  • February 4, 2019 at 8:31 am
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    I have been hearing about the create a reward for accomplished goals but haven’t tried it. It’s time to try it.

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    • February 7, 2019 at 7:19 am
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      I think you should try it too.. There’d definitely be a change in how you view your tasks and goals .. Thank you. Mide, I look forward to hearing what happens afterwards.

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  • February 4, 2019 at 8:32 am
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    Rewards for accomplished task, I’m going to try that.

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  • February 4, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    This is a very detailed post and also very relatable.

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  • February 10, 2019 at 6:31 pm
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    Wowxah! This is a wonderful piece 👏. It was worth the read and educational aswel. Everything on point especially the tips numbered 👌.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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    Well articulated tips, thanks for sharing 💜

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    • February 16, 2019 at 1:45 am
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      Thank you dear glory 💜💜I’m glad you enjoyed reading it

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  • February 17, 2019 at 11:22 pm
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    Beautiful piece….it’s epic. Well-done dear

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  • April 2, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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    Your post is well crafted Good job!

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  • May 16, 2019 at 6:23 am
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    I’m not going to lie, this commute time idea works. Most times in Lagos traffic especially, I read books and get ideas for my next content.

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