10 Ways to be Productive

Updated: May 2

Feeling unproductive, frustrated that your tasks are pilled up and feeling tired all the time. People with these thoughts keep doing the same things hoping for a different outcome. Don't think “it’s just temporary” and that “things will get better soon”, this mindset will lead to procrastination and gives bad feelings.

In behavioural research,“Optimism Bias” topic explains why we keep doing the same things.

Its not correct to think being unproductive has no negative consequences.

Get rid of the unproductive feeling that is bothering you for weeks or months. What’s the best way to turn things back to order? Raise your productivity TODAY.

In this article, Ten ways you can be productive

1. Turn off non-essential notifications

It’s so important as our smartphones are the biggest source of distraction right now.

The important thing here is that your phone doesn’t use you. Don’t let other people’s agenda become your to-do list.

2. Use the Pomodoro technique

When you can't stay focused on a task and often get distracted by many things around, use

Pomodoro Method.

It works like this: Take a 5-minute break after every 25 minutes of work. And use an app like "Be Focused" so you can see the timer on your screen.

There’s a lot of science behind why that technique boosts your focus. One reason is that your brain finds it very difficult to focus on a single task for a long time when its broken down to small chunks it becomes easy to concentrate.

3. Work out every day

Multiple studies have shown that exercise boosts your energy and mood. That’s why its important to work out every day. And though that might seem like a heavy commitment, it’s actually easier to execute than, say, committing to a thrice-a-week workout routine. Don't procrastinate, just do it.

Start small and build on gradually. Its gives a nice feel when you are doing things that seemed hard to do. So don't skip be consistent and work out every day.

4. Meditate twice a day

Do 10 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening. Meditate twice a day to be great. Meditation is an excellent way to improve your focus. In Mindfulness for Beginners, the pioneer of mindfulness in the United States, Jon Kabat-Zinn, talks about how it improves something called “Experiential Focus.”

He says, “Training in mindfulness can actually influence how the brain processes experience.” It makes you more aware. And that will help you to get peace of mind.

5. Use affirmations

Affirmations are all about strengthening positive beliefs. They’re a validation of your core values. Affirmations don’t work if you’re trying to affirm something you don’t really believe in. So don’t lie to yourself. Don’t say things like, “I’m the greatest person on earth.” Instead, think about positive statements that affirm your self-integrity.

6. Listen to music you love

Sometimes it’s nice to throw all of those productivity tips out the window and put on some good music. Remember a time you felt great while listening to music? So occasionally go back. Put on your favourite playlist and instantly get a boost.

7. Clean up your workspace

Workspace really affects the work you do. One doesn’t need a big home office or anything like that. I worked out of my bedroom for years. An empty and clean desk that's all it take, so one can focus on their work. Don't keep unwanted things near.

8. Get rid of your to-do list

People love lists. Their lists keep them sane and give order to their lives. If that works for you, that’s great. But for many it doesn’t work so well. It’s much more effective to put tasks on your calendar instead.

We all have limited energy and time. And you can only do 3-4 things effectively in a day. If you cram too many tasks, you’ll end up with two results: frustration that you didn’t do everything you set out to do, or burnout.

9. Journal for five minutes

Journalising has many benefits: To get clarity, release stress, improve your decision-making, etc. To me, it’s a great productivity technique because journaling helps to stay focused.

Despite the millions of articles and videos that talk about journaling, a lot of people can’t keep a journaling habit. They set the bar very high and say, “I should write 5 pages today.” And if they can’t do that, they simply give up. But that’s not what journaling is.

Just say to yourself: “I’ll journal for 5 minutes. Just 5 minutes. If I feel like writing more, then I’ll continue. But if not, then as long as 5 minutes is up, I’m done.” Just taking a few minutes to write down what’s on your mind will help you to focus on what actually matters.

10. Set a new and exciting goal

Sometimes, when you’re feeling down and unproductive, the best solution is to shake things up in your life. What’s something you want to achieve in the next year? Start a side business? Write a book? Run a half marathon? Travel to a certain country? Do deadlifts with a certain amount of weight?

The point is to give yourself something good and exciting to look forward to. And commit to achieving that goal.

When one's unproductive, its harder to work. We these types of moments happens in our lives. And if you’ve been stuck or unproductive for a while, it doesn’t only feel like you’re stuck in a vicious cycle—you actually are. It’s very difficult to break that negative pattern. You need to exert a lot of force to turn things around.

So we need to do something that shakes our system up in a big way so you can get back into a productive state of mind. And you can do that starting TODAY. You have to act.

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