How to be more productive – 13 tips to help you work and play better!

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My family woke up at 4am to come running with me last week. Such a special, memorable morning!

Being productive means living better days. Fact. The more you get done, the better you feel all-round. Fact.

These 13 tips are all things anyone can try:

  1. Get up early. Whatever time you currently get up – have a trial run (commit to two weeks) of getting up an hour earlier. If this feels out of the question, aim for a realistic 30 mins. You’ll be amazed at how much more livin’ you’ll do!
  2. Kick off your day with exercise. Early morning workout’s set you up for the day ahead. You will move through your day knowing you started it right. This will encourage you to stay on a productive vibe.
  3. Write lists. Cross out every task you complete. Move any unfinished tasks to the next day. Aim to get them completed before lunch. Highly effective.
  4. Drink more water. I’ll never stop banging on about how good water is for you! Start with a big, cold glass as soon as you wake. Use a refillable bottle through the day and into the night. Give your brain a better chance to perform!
  5. Use your calendar religiously. Alongside your work meetings, include all social events. Block out time to focus on particular projects. Add in your weekend plans. Colour code. Set notifications. Use it on your computer and mobile. Know where you need to be.
  6. Check your emails, notifications and calendar before you leave for work. Always be up to speed before you get to your desk.
  7. Be resourceful with your time. Eg. If you get the bus to work; use it for learning, planning in your notebook or getting tasks ticked off on your mobile.
  8. Learn from people who are kicking ass in life! Check out Lewis Howes ‘School of Greatness’ and Tom Bilyeu ‘Impact Theory‘ podcasts for productivity hacks from wildly successful people.
  9. Set a deadline. Stick to it. Get it done!
  10. Be true to your word. If you say you are going to be somewhere – be there. If you promise to help a friend out – do it. Don’t put things off until ‘tomorrow’. Show up.
  11. Pay bills etc as soon as you can. If you don’t they may snowball. Sort them. Quicker, the better.
  12. Tackle small tasks first. Get them done quickly so you have more time to concentrate on the bigger picture.
  13. Recognise what works for you. Helpful apps, eating a particular breakfast, reading uplifting quotes – whatever gee’s you up and spurs you into action. Take note and do more of it.

Everyone – from David Beckham, to the colleague you sit next to, to your old head teacher in junior school – has 24 hours in a day.

If you become more productive you will live a better life.

No good comes from letting your days slip by and mesh into one. I personally hate feeling lazy and sluggish. Life goes quick – cram in as much living as you can!

Thanks for your time. Hope this post helps you. Let me know if you have tips I can add in 😊

@laralain

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