7 Ultimate Ways To Skyrocket Your Productivity With Minimalism and Orderliness
What comes to mind when you hear the word “organized life?” Is it just about writing unending to-do lists and fulfilling them? Seriously, it is more than that.
There are several reasons to live an organized life, one of which is to get more work done.
Often times, people wake up and attend to things with less priority. In fact, 90 percent of young people reach out for their smartphones upon waking up -- chatting and scrolling through updates on social media.
Mind you, these same set of people also desire to be more productivity.
To really be more productive, however, you need to be organized physically and mentally, and prioritize appropriately. Below are some ways to do so.
1. Time management is king
Time management is the key ingredient to getting anything done. It helps the process of planning and organizing, and it gives you control over your time
The more you efficiently and effectively manage your time the more productive you will be.
Therefore, before moving forward to any other thing, it’s important you get your time management right. You can work with alarms or other tools to achieve this.
2. Create your life handbook
A life handbook is like a manual that directs your long-term and short-term activities.
Your life handbook contains your purpose, mission and vision, alongside the strategies that will help you achieve them.
Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook, had the vision to make the world a little closer and his strategy on how to do this was by making communication and socialization easier.
Aigars Silkalns, Founder of Colorlib, accomplished his mission of creating a successful online business of theme platforms by utilizing WordPress, the world’s most popular blogging platform.
Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft, wanted to become a big name in the computer market by creating software. He then decided that to achieve his aim, it’d be best if every home has a computer, preferably Microsoft.
These are the kinds of strategies, plans and mission statement your life handbook should contain.
When you have a definite goal noted in your life handbook, you’ll be focused and will prioritize appropriately. Hence, you won’t give way to irrelevancies and productivity will become your lifestyle.
3. Plan your day the night before
It shouldn't be hard to schedule just 10 minutes to plan the next day before going to bed. Make a list of what you want do the next day and if possible, assign a time frame for each task.
While planning for the next day, it’s important to not deceive yourself. A lot of people write down unrealistic tasks or assign time frames that won’t be sufficient for a task.
This often leads to unnecessary procrastination and in turn, unproductivity.
Be true to yourself while planning your activities -- assign sufficient time to tasks and also note that unrealistic goals are basically unachievable.
4. Attend to the most important things first
To get the very best out of the day, there should be orderliness in your activities.
A lot of people attend to activities with less importance first and this causes a burn out of time and energy before reaching the core activities.
Make a note of your habitual activities, outline your plan from start to finish, and always start the most important task first and see to it to the very end.
5. Make schedules and deadlines
Having schedules and deadlines for each of your activity will prevent you from unnecessary time lapses.
By enabling you to differentiate between urgent and important tasks, schedules and deadlines will inevitably aid a boost in your productivity and also help you stick to the set goal.
6. Eliminate unnecessary items
If you crave a productive life, you need to declutter as often as possible.
It’s frustrating and time-consuming to search through a hundred items just to find a single item.
Hence, decluttering will not only aid productivity but will also help minimize time waste.
7. Do away with procrastination
Never allow procrastination to take charge over you. The way to go about this is to put effort to get things done as soon as possible.
Live by the saying, “Now or never.”
We are human and we are bound to get tired at a point or sometimes feel like “Dah heck, I'll do it later.”
The fact, however, is that the longer you wait to do something the more difficult doing it becomes.
In conclusion, using an organized lifestyle to boost your productivity doesn't mean to never give yourself some breathing space. It’s normal to take a rest, re-energize yourself and get back to work. This can also help you be more productive if done properly.
© 2017 Joseph Chukwube