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11 Ways to Be More Productive

Updated on December 28, 2017
A notebook can help you improve your productivity.
A notebook can help you improve your productivity. | Source

Don’t we all want to feel like productive members of society? Don’t we all want to feel useful? But somehow, at the end of the day we end up feeling like we did a lot and and yet, accomplished nothing. Today we will change all that. We will adjust our days so that our productivity levels increase, and so at the end of the day we can feel like we are going somewhere.

Morning Routine

The way you start your mornings can significantly affect the day’s productivity. So start your day productively so the day continues the same way.

Focus yourself first thing in the morning

Don’t check your phone or your email as soon as you get up. Give thanks for another new day, meditate on the day ahead of you and how you will deal with the challenges that will inevitably come up. Dedicate this time to hear your body, to clear your head so that you can start each new day with a new, fresh mind.

Don't head for the coffee first thing in the morning. Try tea to increase your productivity.
Don't head for the coffee first thing in the morning. Try tea to increase your productivity. | Source

Benefits of cold water

Showering with cold water or splashing cold water in your face helps you start your day right. Cold water strengthens your immune system, improves blood circulations and keeps you alert.

Warm water relaxes you and gets your body ready for bed. So make sure your morning shower at least ends with a splash of cold water. But if you're brave enough just shower with cold water and enjoy the benefits throughout the day.

Don't head for the coffee right away

Instead of reaching for that cup of joe first thing in the morning, get your blood flowing with some simple stretching. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be anything complicated. Start by stretching your arms, then your legs, try to touch your toes. Does whatever kind of stretching that feels good to your body.

Once your blood starts flowing through every part of your body again, you will feel much more alert.

Cold water

Wash your face with cold water on your face, or better yet, take a cold shower. Cold water improves blood circulation, strengthens the immune system, energizes you and makes you feel more alert. Sometimes a cold shower is all we need to be productive and face the day’s challenges.

Have a good breakfast

You wouldn’t think of fueling your car with trash, would you? Of course not, so why would we fuel our bodies with junk food???? Give your body the fuel it needs and it will reward you with giving you enough energies to be productive throughout the day.

Here are some ideas:
Fresh, green smoothie:
Blend your favorite leafy greens (spinach, spring mix, kale, etc..), your favorite fruits and a little bit of water for a delicious smoothie that will keep you going better than the energizer bunny.

Banana smoothie
Blend banana, oatmeal, flax seed, hemp seed, peanut butter and almond milk. This smoothie will keep you satisified all throughout the morning.

Carry a small notebook with you all the time so you can update your to-do list as it changes to increase your productivity.
Carry a small notebook with you all the time so you can update your to-do list as it changes to increase your productivity. | Source

Stay away from the television

Did you know that TV can be one of the greatest production inhibitors known to humanity today? Therefore, don’t turn on the tv. This is especially important during your morning routine. Some people get ready for work or school with the TV on. This sucks a lot of time out of your routine and puts your brain in “no-thinking” mode. Just by avoiding TV in the morning you can avoid feeling sluggish throughout the day.

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Keep a to-do list

Keep and update your to-do list daily. Look at this list before leaving your house so that you can mentally prepare for what’s ahead and so you won’t forget to do anything important. Phone apps such as do it tomorrow or Agenda Calendar 4 can be really useful in your quest to stay productive. If you don’t have a smartphone, then just stick to good ol’ pen and paper. I carry a small notebook in my purse at all times, that way I can constantly see and update what I need to do without the distraction of a smart phone.

Take small and frequent breaks

You don’t have to be in constant activity to be productive. In fact, activity does not necessarily mean productivity. It has been shown that productivity increases when you takes 15-20 minutes breaks for every 2 hours of work. Why? Because by taking breaks you allow your brain to relax and de-stress. A relaxed and rested brain is a lot more productive than a tense one.

Smart phones can help you increase your productivity if you know how to use them.
Smart phones can help you increase your productivity if you know how to use them. | Source

Have goals

By clearly defining your goals you will be able to track your progress as well as your productivity. If you don’t have goals, then it will be hard to know exactly what productive means. Also, keep in mind that without goals it is very easy to get distracted. Focus on your goals and find the motivation you need to keep you productive.

Schedule time for repetitive tasks

There are certain tasks in life than don’t really require your full brain capacity. Tasks such as checking your personal email or your electronic social life should have a scheduled time, and you should stick to that schedule.

Sometimes, if we don’t have a schedule for it, we end up checking our facebook account all throughout the day, and that takes away time.

Set your phone so that it won’t push the alerts you get from facebook, twitter or personal email accounts. Don’t let your phone dictate when you’re supposed to check these things. Check them on the time you have scheduled for it and be done with it as soon as that time is over.

Schedule time for recreation

What kind of life would it be if you didn’t give yourself a time to breathe? Your body and mind needs recreation time so that they can give you their full capacity when you need it.

Learn to focus and learn to lose focus

It’s not enough to know how to focus. Learning how to lose focus on command is equally important. Lose focus of the least important things. If you’re playing a really addicting game when you know you should be studying or working, then lose focus of the game and focus on what you should be doing. If you’re at work, focus on work. If you’re spouse is talking to you, focus on what they’re saying. Focus on the present moment and you’ll see your productivity take off!

Remember, life is full of wonderful things. Don’t spend time on things that are not worth it. Set your goals straight and go for them every morning.

Happy Living!


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    • cygnetbrown profile image

      Cygnet Brown 

      19 months ago from Springfield, Missouri

      I have been doing the banana smoothie lately. I have however moved a lot of my planning to the evening so that I can have less stress in the morning and have time for writing.

    • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Q 

      5 years ago

      Hi adevwriting:

      Thank you very much for your kind words!

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      Arun Dev 

      5 years ago from United Countries of the World

      You've done a good job listing some ways to be more productive. Enjoyed reading! Voted up and shared!

    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Excellent tips, Silver Q. Very useful to take advantage of starting a new day to improve the outlook of your life. Voted up!

    • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Q 

      6 years ago

      Hi Randall Guinn,

      taking breaks can be a huge time saver, even though it doesn't sound like it.

      Thank you for reading and commenting. :)

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      Randall Guinn 

      6 years ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

      Good hub Silver Q. I don't know how many times I have been working on something, and whether it's writing or building something, I stubbornly continue at times when I'm not only no longer being productive, but at times counter productive. It does pay to take frequent breaks as you have pointed out, and keep your mind fresh. This is something I will make a point of doing from now on.

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      Natalie Flores-Henley 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Great advice for starting the day! And the formatting is simple and to the point!

    • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Q 

      7 years ago

      Hi Rebecca Furtado:

      Thank you for reading, commenting and sharing! :)

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      Rebecca Furtado 

      7 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      Very nice straight forward hub. Shared.

    • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Q 

      7 years ago

      Hi grand old lady:

      Thank you for reading and commenting! :)

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Wonderful tips on raising productivity. Voted up and shared in my FB page.

    • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Q 

      7 years ago

      Hi Tom Schumacher:

      Thank you for reading and commenting! :)

    • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Q 

      7 years ago

      Hi Mesijunk:

      Thank you for your kinds words! I'm glad this hub helped you put a name to your useful habits! :)

    • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Q 

      7 years ago

      Hi Paul Kuehn:

      Thank you for reading! Cold showers in cold mornings can be helpful as long as your immune system isn't compromised. In fact, I've known some people that take cold showers when they feel a cold coming up and the cold water seems to cut the virus on its tracks. But if your immune system is compromised, I don't think taking the risk of showering with cold water in cold weather is worth it. Thank you for reading and commenting! :)

    • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Q 

      7 years ago

      Hi dghbrh:

      Thank you for reading, sharing and voting up! Yay! :)

    • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Q 

      7 years ago

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan:

      Thank you for your kind words. I'm happy you found them useful! :)

    • Silver Q profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Q 

      7 years ago

      Hi DDE:

      Thank you for your kind comment! :)

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      Tom Schumacher 

      7 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      Excellent recommendations. In particular, I find tracking daily tasks extremely important to stay focused towards achieving goals. - Voted up.

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      Jennifer Kessner 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      These are such great tips! I realized as I read about them that I had been doing small parts of them. Now I can put names to what I do, and do it fully! I'm sure it will help. Voted up, awesome, and useful. Thanks for sharing!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      7 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      These are very useful tips for being more productive. I'm used to taking a warm shower in the morning, especially when the weather is cold. Do you really recommend taking a cold shower when the weather is cold? Voted up as useful

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      7 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very nicely presented which seem simple enough to follow on. Thank you for this awesome hub which can make our life lill more effective for us on daily basis. Up and shared ahead.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      One can never go wrong by following these tips of living!

      Thanks for sharing your useful suggestions to be more productive!

      Voted up and shared on HP!

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Helpful and most informative ways of being productive you are right on here.


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