By John Turner, founder of SeedProd
There are two types of people in this world -- those who are productive and those who, well, can't get anything done no matter what. If you find yourself in the latter group, it's time to change things. 2019 is coming up fast, and those who want to be more productive might need a little help.
There are plenty of ways you can boost your productivity so you can get more done. Normally, it takes weeks or months to turn a behavior into a habit. Once a habit is formed, it happens automatically without thinking about it. Keep that in mind as you are exploring different ways to become productive.
Let's dive in and look at the positive changes you make in your life now to start 2019 off on the right foot. You may be surprised how easy it is to make these changes.
Learn to time block.
One of the first things you can do to increase your productivity is get organized and learn to time block. In essence, you should break your day down to blocks. It will help you get more done and keep you on track. For instance, if you operate a blog, you may want to block your time like this:
- Answer emails (1 hour)
- Make sure your website is running properly (30 minutes)
- Research for content (1:30 hours)
- Break (30 minutes)
- Write content for your blog (2:30 hours)
It may seem odd to break your day down like this, but it will help to have all of your tasks right in front of you. While you're working on these tasks, make sure you stay focused. Distractions are going to come up, but concentrate on working within your time blocks.
Start a calendar.
Starting a detailed calendar is one of the best ways to become more productive. You can buy a large desk calendar, use a calendar app or even the default calendar app on your smartphone. The benefits of using a calendar app over a traditional calendar include being able to put as much information as you need under each day and set alarms for important dates and meetings.
Include as much detail in your calendar as possible. Define clear work hours, write in meetings, include time buffers so you don't overexert yourself and highlight special events with alarms to ensure you don't miss them. And never confuse your calendar with your to-do list.
Turn off your work brain.
There is a perception that successful people work 24 hours a day, but this isn't necessarily true. The real reason people are successful is that they know when it's time to work and when it's time to play.
You have to learn to take some time out of the day for yourself every single day. If you don't have time for yourself, it can have a serious toll on your physical and mental health. You'll drive yourself crazy thinking about all of the things that you're not doing or that you should be doing or that you didn't do correctly. Learn to turn your "work brain" off and enjoy your personal time.
Get more sleep.
It's safe to say that every single one of us has taken sleep for granted. We all figure, "Meh, I can live off three hours of sleep tonight." The simple truth is, lack of sleep can destroy your productivity.
It was recently revealed that sleep deprivation costs U.S. companies hundreds of billions of dollars every year. Multiple sleep studies show that getting enough sleep can help you recover faster from distractions. When those inevitable distractions pop up throughout the day, you'll be able to shake them off and get back on task. Sleeping regularly also improves your memory and concentration and prevents feelings of burnout. Whether you're running your own business or working for someone else, getting enough sleep is a surefire way to be more productive.
It's time to make the most of 2019. You are the master of your own destiny and you can improve your productivity. You have to learn how to manage your time in a reasonable way. Balancing work, sleep and your personal time may seem challenging at first, but it's necessary for success. Follow these tips as you go into the new year to see changes in your productivity. You can do it!
John Turner is the founder of SeedProd, the most popular coming-soon page solution for WordPress used by over 800,000 websites.