10 Ways to be More Productive in 2022

“Motivation comes after starting, not before. Action produces momentum.” – James Clear

1. Find Clarity

Firstly, in order to become productive you need to know where you’re going in order to get where you want to get. If you’d like to get from point A to point B, be sure to be following the right map. For your path to be as quick and as smooth as possible, going in the right direction would be ideal. So, ask yourself, where do I want to go?

2. Go slow, but don’t stop

Secondly, after knowing where you’re headed, be kind to yourself and remind yourself that slow progress is still, in fact, progress. If you feel troubled or stressed about a deadline, allow yourself to only for on that task for 10 minutes. It’s okay, you don’t need to finish it all in those few minutes but making some progress will help you get into the right mindset and build momentum towards a longer, more productivity focused work or study session.

3. Take a productive break

After building up some momentum with short work sessions for your productivity, you can always try a longer one. But sometimes, nothing works. What to do then? It’s best to give yourself a break, even if you think you don’t deserve it at the time. Productive breaks, like quickly doing the dishes or taking a walk for some fresh air can do wonders for a shift in your mindset towards your more pressing tasks.

4. Work in sessions

Check in with them and share your progress (or lack thereof) and try again after a short break. You can always change it up by playing around with the length of your sessions and the length of your breaks in between if you feel tired or sluggish during midday.

5. Set a timer

If everything else fails and you’re at the end of your rope, set a timer during your work session and don’t touch your phone or that internet tab on your laptop. Just focus on your task for a set amount of time and don’t look back until you hear that sound signal of your timer. Until then, just do it, as the famous slogan goes.

6. Create templates for your repetitive tasks

We all have those tasks that just occur every day or every week without fail, such as taking out the trash or doing the dishes. Make it easier on yourself and create a template or a checklist for your cleaning tasks, regular maintenance tasks, doctor visits every quarter or so, and so on. Help your future self by making reusable digital templates that you can use on your devices or print out every time you need them.

A plan can help find clarity and become more productive

7. Use a to do list

Besides a checklist or a template, you can also use a to do list. These are best to be made in the evening or the night before, but some people prefer to make them in the morning as well. Try out both techniques and see what works best for you and if you find what method fits you best, use that to help yourself be more productive. Crossing off tasks off a list can be indeed satisfying.

8. Create a morning and night routine

Similarly, like having a checklist or a to-do list, you can also have a little guideline schedule of sorts for your mornings and evenings of little tasks that you do consistently. Regular tasks such as taking a shower or making your bed can easily become a positive habit and reinforce your productivity during the day. Also, doing relaxing tasks in the evening to wind down can power you for the next day and help you recharge your energy fully.

Take note of what you’ve done so far

9. Track your progress

But, you may ask, how do I know if I am productive? Tracking your tasks and things done can be helpful. Make a list of things not that you are yet to do, but of things you have already done. It’ll be both motivating to look at and give you a sense of accomplishment as well.

10. Review your progress

Now that you have all your to do lists, routines and checklists set and ready to go, remember to review your progress. It can be daily or weekly or at the very least monthly. Seeing your progress in front of you is a great motivator and you can also ask yourself how can you improve next time around

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