We are in the age of information.

Our peers are global nomads, startups founders, and dreamers with smartphones in their hands with the world at their fingertips. 

Now, more than ever, productivity and efficiency is the easiest way to get ahead.

Unfortunately, sometimes it's easier said than done. Every industry has their version of "writer's block", and we've all suffered from the inability to get in the zone.

These daily habits will drastically increase your energy, creativity, and most importantly, your productivity.

1.  Create a to-do list (productivity starts with accountability).

The simplest yet most impactful way to boost your productivity is to build a to-do list. However, this list has to be treated as a set of attainable goals.

Making lists for the sake of making lists won't get you anywhere fast. If the list is too long, you'll give up too quickly. If the list isn't long enough, you'll likely procrastinate and take too much time to complete it.

By starting every morning off with an audit of your to-do list enforces the habit of accountability. More than that, it allows you to set the tone for your  your work ethic. It gives you the opportunity to evaluate how many viable work hours you have in you each day (here's a little secret: it's probably more than eight).

Creating a to-do list is the start of creating an organizational system. It's the first process in the method to your madness.

If you create an accurate to-do list every day, you will become a noticeably more productive person.

2.  Take care of yourself (physically, mentally, and emotionally).

Your body needs nutrients, hydration and rest. More importantly, your brain needs time to shut down and think about something other than work.

If you want to be exceptionally more productive, take care of yourself. All the basics apply here: eat enough vegetables, drink enough water, get enough sleep, and exercise.

These things shouldn't happen once in a blue moon. These should be daily habits.

For example, coffee is essential to my morning, but so is a big glass of water and a green smoothie. If you're running solely on sleep deprivation and dehydration, you're probably also using caffeine to carry you--and not getting enough of "the good stuff."

Remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint.

Sleep also plays a huge factor in productivity. Get in the habit of sleeping an appropriate amount of hours (the recommended amount of sleep is eight hours but do what feels right for you). Sleeping too much or too little both take away from brain functionality.

And lastly, make sure to exercise, even if it's only two days a week. Exercising is proven to release endorphins, making you a happier and healthier version of yourself.

Additionally, exercising weekly creates a routine--which does wonders for manifesting a more productive week.

3.  Believe in yourself.

I see self-sabotage time and time again in myself, my peers, my friends and my family. And I've noticed a trend.

The quickest way to being unproductive is by not believing in yourself.

When you set out to do something, and you don't fully believe in your ability to do it, you gravitate toward distraction and not the task at hand. It becomes easier to procrastinate than to give something your all and potentially face rejection or failure.

If you want to be a more production version of yourself, you need to take time every day to remind yourself how awesome you are. You need to emphasize your ability and desire to complete the work in front of you.

This keeps you stimulated and excited about the work you are doing. And that in itself will drastically boost your productivity.

Published on: Oct 18, 2017
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