Did you know that the average person spends over 2 hours a day browsing social media? Meanwhile, the average professional over-checks their email every 37 minutes. When you add up the countless examples like this, one study concludes we waste nearly 22 hours a week (see article).
Chances are, if you did an hour-by-hour recap of how you spent your last few days, you’d surely begin to realize where all your time goes and why you may just be feeling like there isn’t enough time in the day. So, what can you do differently? You can start by taking some pointers from the pros. Here’s a breakdown of some things highly productive people always does so you can pick and choose to design a schedule that works for your life.
#1 Plan the Next Day
Journaling or using a day planner each evening before you go to bed is a great way to wind down without screen time, thus improving your sleep quality and helping you get to sleep quicker. You can use these brief moments to plan your next day, mentally preparing yourself for the most important things so they aren’t forgotten.
#2 Start Your Day Sooner
Waking up just 30 minutes earlier than you already do can give you more “me time” so you can actually get more done. If you have to go into work, try giving yourself at least 2 hours before your workday starts so that you can prioritize other work (be it exercise, organizing, or self-care) before your actual workday starts.
#3 Get Plenty of Sleep
While waking up earlier will certainly lengthen your day, you need to make sure that you’re getting plenty of sleep. Most people need 7 to 8 hours and any less (or more) can impact your ability to reason, be creative, and be productive. Figure out when and how much sleep is right for you.
#4 Pump Yourself Up
When you wake up, frame your emotional state. You might consider some mantras or just taking a few minutes to express gratitude for what you have and excitement for your goals. If you wake up feeling bad, work to push out the negative emotions.
Being physically active can help get your blood pumping, relieve stress, make you feel better all the way around, and even help you think. Your healthy body will also be able to do more in the long run, so aim for any amount of activity you’re able to achieve and work up from there.
#6 Avoid Information Overload
Reading the news all the time or browsing social media can give you the illusion that you’re being productive when, in reality, you’re just skimming a bunch of information that probably offers you no value and may even negatively impact your mental state. The most productive people spend 80% of their time executing and just 20% of their time learning.
#7 Learn to Delegate
Have too much on your plate? The absolute best thing you can do is find ways to reduce your workload by delegating tasks to others or automating them yourself. Ask yourself: Are you the only person who can do this job and are you the best person to do it? If the answer is no, find the best solution. Don’t waste your time on something someone else can do.
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