If there’s something that will kill your mood, it’s the feeling of stagnating. Often enough, we underestimate our abilities to accomplish various tasks to the point where we begin to stop trying. Probably the worst feeling in the world is going to bed realizing you sat around and did nothing that day. Now if this is you, don’t sweat just understand it’s time to move forward and start being more productive right now. Let’s begin…
The following are my key steps to make sure you’re actively being productive each and every day. Don’t skip any steps, make sure to really apply each one to your life.
- Choose Some Hobbies You Enjoy
- The first step might be a little difficult because you might not realize how easy it is to turn a mindless task into a life changing goal. Take gaming for instance. You don’t need to stop playing games, but why not record some of the footage or livestream your gameplay while trying to build an online presence? See how we took a “time waster” and made it into a potential career. Let’s look at movies now. If your passion is to sit around watching movies, why not create a blog where you review the best movies of the week? If you seriously think about the activities you find fun, there’s always a way to turn that into a money making business.
- Plan Your Days Beforehand
- This is something I struggled with because I was the type to wake up and not know what my day was going to consist of. When you don’t mentally prepare for your day beforehand, you’ll find that you’re wasting a lot of time walking around trying to figure out what to do with your time. I’m not asking you to formally write down your plan on paper, just think about it before you go to sleep. This way, when you wake up, you already have a skeleton of how your day should pan out.
- Cut Down on Social Media
- This is by far the hardest step on this list. Many people, including myself, might enjoy scrolling instagram or twitter a couple times a day. I try my best to reduce my time on social media to about one or two times a day. This helps a lot simply due to the fact that unless you’re working on social media marketing, you’re probably wasting time. Now i’m not telling anyone to delete their facebook, or uninstall snapchat, but limiting the time wasted on them can seriously increase productivity.
- Focus Your Tasks, and Stick To It
- It’s one thing to plan out what you’re going to do each time, but it’s another to actually do it. One thing I like to do when starting tasks, whether it’d be school work or personal work, is setting a time frame to work within. I evaluate the task I have to complete and then give myself a period of time in which I will work straight for. The idea isn’t to rush and complete everything within a small window of time. It’s best to acknowledge the amount of work you have to do and space it out evenly so you don’t get frustrated. Another great way of approaching this, is to reward yourself after each task. For example, I usually do one hour of studying for three Youtube videos to watch. When you get to the point where you stick to your goals, the amount of work that gets done is absurd!
- Don’t Procrastinate
- If you find yourself being the type of person to push a task further down the line, you’re probably not getting the most out of each day. This is something everyone does, or has done, but the way we control it is key. If you need to complete a task by the end of the day, whether it’d be homework or personal work, delaying it only gives you less time to perfect your piece. Imagine if you had a show to perform in a week’s time, would you delay practicing until the day of? Hopefully not. So don’t do this with your work either!
At the end of the day, do what makes you happiest! Productivity is key in order to succeed in any field. The way I see it is someone can spend one year working vigorously on their career and finally succeed, yet others will take 5 years to accomplish the same exact goal. Focus on yourself and understand where you need to improve. If you keep working hard on your passion, you won’t even realize how much time has passed.