How to have a productive day

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Over the years I’ve read so many blogs on How to be productive, I loved learning all the little tips and tricks people used in their every day lives that made being productive that much easier.

We all have them days where we struggle to do anything productive, and honestly, that is fine. We’re allowed to have days when we just don’t feel like doing anything, we just want to stay home and binge watch a series on Netflix. This post isn’t saying you have to be super productive every single day of your life, you’re allowed to be lazy sometimes too.. just in moderation.

For a while, I struggled with being productive and motivating myself to achieve my goals. It was all there, all my dreams and goals I wanted to accomplish.. but actually putting it into practice and making the most out of my days didn’t seem to happen.

So I thought I would share what I’ve learnt and what I do to be productive;

Go to bed early 

The night before, go to bed early. You need that beauty sleep, that rest, that undisturbed peaceful sleep.. it makes the world of difference to your mood the coming day. 8 hours sleep per night is the recommended amount. I definitely feel the difference when I get a good nights sleep.

Get up early

Once you’ve had a full 8 hours sleep, it’s time to get up. Set an alarm and once it goes off, get up straight away! I’ve found that if I stay in bed longer on a morning it takes me forever to get myself motivated. So I get up as soon as my alarm goes off. Don’t lounge in bed contemplating your day, there should be no procrastinating on a productive day.

Try not to use your phone straight away

I think it’s fair to say, we all do this. We shouldn’t, but we do. It’s become so normal to check our phones as soon as we open our eyes, it’s actually strange if we don’t. The problem with this is, without knowing, we’ve already digested the negative things we’ve seen on social media, which then has an impact on how we see our day. Phones aren’t all bad, they can be very useful if used correctly.. but we have all day for that, so give it a miss first thing in the morning.

Healthy breakfast 

Some fruit and yogurt or avocado on toast. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something that makes you feel good. Food has this way of dictating our day, what we put into our body has more of an impact than some may think. I like fruit or a protein shake (or both depending on how hungry I am). Never skip your breakfast, even if you’ve over laid and are running late for work, grab a piece of fruit and eat it on your way there.

Meditate

This isn’t for everyone, but meditating is an amazing way to stay productive throughout the day. I do this at any point in the day, there’s no right or wrong time. Whenever you feel the need to meditate, do it. It could be first thing in the morning, to put you in a calm relaxed but also motivated mood. It could be after lunch, you’ve had a busy morning and just need 5 minutes to wind down. Or it could be last thing at night, it calms you from your day and helps with falling to sleep. If this is something you don’t do, give it a try!

Affirmations 

Another one that can be done at any point in the day. I like to do mine twice a day, once in the morning and then again on an evening. Don’t get me wrong, I sometimes only have time to do them once, but once is better than none at all. Affirmations are a relatively new thing to me. But they help to keep me focused on what I want to achieve in life; hence wanting to have more and more productive days.

Water

I realise I bang on about this in most of my posts, but I’m being truthful as to what actually works for me. Water plays such a big part in my productiveness, if I’m dehydrated, I’ve got absolutely no chance of getting all my goals done for that day. I become drowsy and sleepy which is the complete opposite to being productive. 2 litres every day will make a difference to your motivation I promise.

Positive thoughts

This one is easier said than done.. but it can be done. Staying positive helps with my motivation. I try and set my day off by being as positive as can be, this way it usually carries on throughout my day. I tell myself every morning that I am going to have a good day (it works, I promise). I always find that the more positive I am, the more I get done. When I’m in a good mood, all those annoying little jobs don’t seem that bad.. so being productive becomes very easy. If something bad happens during your day, take a minute, breathe and let it go. Try your best to look at it positively, the higher your vibrations, the better your day will be.

Complete the goals you set

Write a list of what you need to get done that day (It’s best to do it the night before). Then straight away you can get on with completing your goals. If you’ve got a list as long as your arm it can be a little daunting. This is why I try and break it down, go for the harder things first or the most time consuming.. this way, once you’ve completed these, the smaller ones will be a breeze. Take a break in between if necessary, go outside and get some fresh air for 10 minutes then get straight back to it.

Put away any distractions

Distractions come in all shapes and sizes. So if you’re like me and struggle with procrastinating, you can find a distraction in almost anything. Don’t get me wrong, we’re allowed a couple of breaks during our day, it’s when a 30 minute break turns into an hour and then into two hours that it becomes a problem. We all have things that we know will distract us from being productive, so whatever that may be, put it away and only allow yourself to use them when you’ve done everything you set out to do that day.

Limit phone use

I mentioned phone’s earlier, but it’s not just in the mornings that they can be a problem. I’ll be writing a blog post and for a moment my mind will go quiet, not because I’m rubbish but just because sometimes we need a little break (5 mins), especially if we’ve been writing posts for hours. So I’ll pick up my phone, have a scroll through Instagram, maybe read a few emails, answer text messages and by the time I know it, I’ve lost half an hour of my life. Phones are there for a reason but more often than not, they distract us from every day life. To be more productive, put it out of the way. Check it every now and then if need be but try and limit the amount of time you spend on it. You can use it for as long as you want once you’ve done everything you needed to.

30 mins exercise 

It’s very important to separate your day. If you go full force for hours on end you’ll eventually burn out. Take a break, go for a walk, get some fresh air, go to the gym for 30 mins, or longer if you prefer. This time out will help keep you going. Not to mention how important exercise is, 30 minutes of exercise is not that long, but long enough to keep your body working to it’s full potential and in turn becoming and more importantly, staying productive.

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