Best Productivity Habits

Best Productivity Habits

There are a lot of different things that you can do to improve your productivity. In order for new habits to work for you, you need to find ones that work for you so you can ensure that you consistently apply them in your life.

Here are the 10 best productivity habits I have been able to incorporate in my life through routine and consistency.

  1. Plan ahead. Plan for Monday on Friday. Always review your to-do list at the end of the day.
  2. Don’t overcommit. Spreading yourself too thin can quickly reduce how productive you are on each task. Learning how to say no can be one of the biggest gifts you give yourself.

    To Do List
    Make to-do lists!

  3. Don’t be a perfectionist. When you try to be perfect in everything you do, you limit how quickly and efficiently you can get things done.
  4. Break goals and projects into smaller tasks. It’s easier to get things done when they are small tasks that don’t take a huge time commitment.
  5. Give yourself deadlines. You also need to have a reason to stick to deadlines, so tell others.
  6. Stop multi-tasking. Focusing on one thing at a time is the easiest way to completely finish each task you want to accomplish.
  7. Listen to upbeat music. Creativity can be released while listening to music. It also helps increase your energy level.
  8. Enjoy the quiet. I personally enjoy the absolute quiet if I have something I need to concentrate on.
  9. lightbulb thoughts
    Take breaks to help spark new ideas.

    Schedule your time and take breaks. Research shows that breaking up your day into chunks and taking breaks allow your mind to refresh and often help spark new ideas.

  10. Put your phone out of sight and restrict internet use. The biggest productivity killer today is your phone! Take a break.

Incorporating productivity habits into your daily routine will help you get more things done in the same amount of time. It’s helpful to find ways to save you time in both your work and personal life, because although we’d all like more hours in the day, it just isn’t going to happen. However, cutting tasks down from 60 minutes to 10 minutes or even eliminating them altogether will save you time, reduce your stress, and allow you to get more things done and crossed off your to-do list!

What productivity habits have you incorporated into your life? Do you feel that being more productive make you more successful?

6 thoughts on “Best Productivity Habits

  1. Hi Jennifer, great post!

    I became a lot more productive when I started my own business and began working out of a home office. And now that I profit directly from how efficiently my time is used, I am constantly searching for more ways to increase productivity.

    I’ve been toying with outsourcing everyday stuff to free up more time for the big things, and I’m curious what you think of that as a strategy? I mean outsourcing everything from cleaning round the house to work related stuff like writing posts for my clients. And using the time it frees up to innovate and devise better systems.

    In a perfect world, I would love to create a lifestyle and business that simply WAS productive, without much input from me – but can systems like that ever work, or do we have to knuckle down and drive the productivity ourselves?

    1. Hi Teddy,

      I know some people that outsource certain tasks that help them free up more time to do the things that are most important to them – anything from landscaping, cleaning the house, picking up dry cleaning, or even grocery shopping. I think we each need to decide what is more important to us – time, money, creating a  business, etc. It would be great if we could just push a button and make our life most efficient as possible to focus on our true passions in life. One can dream, right?

      Thanks for stopping by and your comment! ~Jen

  2. Hi Jennifer!

    Thank you for this great post! I really enjoyed reading it as productivity is one of the topics which I am most interested about. I started being interested on it during my University years, there was a big change in my productivity during my University years. Now, I’m all the time searching for new ways to increase my productivity.

    I tried a lot of things to increase my productivity including keeping track of how I spend every half an hour of my day? At this stage I want to try to delegate things to other people to increase my results. I think that productivity in this sense is a great tool for people who want to become rich.

    Now I’m working on my job but I feel like I’m more productive without the interruptions of other people. Do you have any tip on this?

    1. When you are more productive, it can definitely help make you more successful in whatever you do. I think the best way to be more productive and limit distractions is to increase your focus – make a to-do list with a few items you must get done each day, limit technology like your phone and internet usage, and give yourself breaks to refresh your mind and body. There are so many ways to be more productive in work and your personal life, you just have to find the ones that work for you!

  3. Great tips, I especially like 5 and 9. I find that telling others about things I plan to do has the effect of committing me more, since it makes me feel that I will lose credibility if I don’t follow through. I also like to either take breaks or switch tasks while I’m working, since I find that it has a “refreshing” effect on the mind and makes me better at each task.

    Re: Teddy’s comment, I agree with smart, cost-effective outsourcing. For instance, I use Shipt for some grocery delivery. With an annual plan, it’s less than $9 per month for unlimited deliveries, plus tips. For me, that cost is more than acceptable, given the time and energy saved.

    1. That’s a great tip. I recently read about someone using the grocery delivery service as a cost saving technique, as well as time saving. They saw the savings because ordering online helped them stick to only the things they needed to buy and limited impulse buys. Sometimes paying for outsourcing can save you both time and money in the long run. Thanks for sharing!

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