Want to learn how to double your productivity right away? This is going to be the right place, so stay with me and learn these 15 tactics that will boost your effectiveness and efficiency in your work and life…
I’m going to share with you 5 action steps that you can take during the morning, the afternoon and the evening time each. So you can apply them accordingly and test out their effectiveness yourself. Here are the 15 tactics:
The Morning Tactics
1. Drink water once you wake up
I learned this technique from Eban Pagan. And it has became one of my best habits ever since. Do you know that in the morning right after you wake up, your body is lack of water due to the long hour of sleep and dehydration? And when you drink in a lot of water, you slowly hydrate your body and start the functioning of your internal organs. You will feel more energetic a few minutes after drinking the water.
2. Go through your goals and things to do before you start your day
Again, this is a pretty common tactic, but most people never really follow through. This is a very powerful strategy because it puts you in a position of clarity of what you want to accomplish before you start your day. It helps you stay in the right direction and keep you on track. Furthermore, reviewing your goals can inspire and motivate you to take more action.
3. Get healthy breakfast
Never underestimate the importance of having a good and healthy breakfast. There is a Chinese saying, “eat good for breakfast, eat full for lunch and eat less for dinner”. There are some truths to this saying because you need energy to get you moving especially in the morning. This is why having a healthy breakfast is important. Can you imagine going through the day with empty stomach? Do you think you can achieve more, be more effective and efficient without breakfast? Even the word “breakfast” actually suggest you to “break” the “fasting”.
4. Exercise or stretch yourself
Most people don’t have time for this because they wake up late. If you study the life of all great and successful people, you will notice that they wake up very early in the morning to exercise. This is because they know that exercising is good for their health and it allows them to have a clear mind throughout the day. If you find yourself don’t have enough time for exercise, at least do some stretching to “wake up” your physical body.
5. Smile and look at yourself while in front of the mirror
Another great habit that I adopted a few years back. Trust me, when you look into the mirror at yourself and you smile, it straight away turns you into a better mood. You will feel happier and feel more confidence to tackle whatever is coming during the day. Remember, you don’t have to start great; you just need to start to be great. So smile and unleash your greatness within.
The Afternoon Tactics
6. Focus in doing things that truly matter first
Most people going through their day busy doing nothing. The main reason is that they are busy doing things that don’t really matter. You have to do what will give you the most results. Follow through your action plan and your to-do list, do the most important task that will yield the most outcomes you desire. Life is short, so stop wasting time doing things that are not contributing to the future you want.
7. Take short break to recharge yourself
It is said that your willpower will decrease as you use it from time to time. This is why you need to take a short break to recharge yourself. And this also explains why morning is the best time to do your most important tasks first because it is when you have the most energy (depending on whether you are a morning person). And as you go through your day working on your tasks, your willpower will decrease gradually. Thus, you need to stop and refill your energy.
8. Identify and get rid of your time wasters
Stop spending excessive time with the social media. Technology suppose to help boost your productivity, not wasting your time with social media and looking at what others are saying about the latest movies. You need to identify how you spend your time before you can get rid of your time wasters. The most common time wasters are social media, spending time gossiping about others, having long hour afternoon tea, checking emails too often, etc. Identify what are the unproductive tasks that waste most of your time and get rid of them.
9. Create affirmations and use visualization to stay motivated
You have to do this throughout your day because there are just too many distractions around you. You will tend to forget what you need to get done and where you should be heading. This is why you need to use affirmations to keep you motivated and visualization to keep you on track. In fact, it is suggested that you do this 3 times a day, once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once before you sleep. You want to program your goals and your dreams into your subconscious mind so that you will take action to reach them every day.
10. Listen to audio while travelling
We travel all the time. We commute from our home to our workplace almost every day. Even if you are a student, you will need to commute to the school from your house each day, twice. So use this time wisely. Listen to audio recordings to learn new knowledge. If you are running your own business, try to get some talks or speeches from the gurus and learn from them while you are travelling. If you can follow through this habit for 5 years, you will see how profound this can change your life.
The Evening Tactics
11. Practice your second wind workout
Robin Sharma, the author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, suggested that we workout twice a day, once in the morning after we wake up, and once in the early evening after we finish our work. Again, you don’t have to spend too much time into this, you can do some easy and simple exercise such as jogging or simply taking a walk in the garden will do. You want to recharge your energy and make your mind clear again during this time. When you exercise, you take in more oxygen and this is what makes you more energetic and have a clearer mind.
12. Spend 30 minutes to read a book before you sleep
The same like listening to audio tracks while travelling, you want to adopt the habit of constant-and-never-ending-improvement. If you could spend 30 minutes for reading each day, you should be able to finish 2 books in a month on average. And within 3 years you should have read 72 books, do you think this is going to transform your life and make you one of the best in your industry?
13. Meditate for calmer and clearer mind
Meditation is a proven technique that can calm your mind, make you more productive and in the same time, help you activate the Law of Attraction. You can start this powerful habit by spending only a few minutes into doing it each day. And then slowly increase the duration and make it into a habit.
14. Plan and envision for the next day
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It is true that if you don’t know what you need to get done, you will end up wasting your time and accomplishing nothing. All you need to do is to write down what you need to do for the next day and envision going through the day smoothly. Once you have prepared for the following day, your mind knows what to do and you will get more things done.
15. Get enough sleep
I know that these 15 tactics sound like going to take up a lot of your time. Don’t worry; you just need to apply some of them as a start. More importantly, make sure you get enough sleep. You cannot be productive if you are feeling exhausted, tired and sleepy during the day. Success is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Therefore, get enough rest and don’t give up until you reach your destination.
Shawn Lim is a professional blogger and has been in the personal development industry for more than 7 years. You can download his FREE report: 7 KILLER MISTAKES why most people FAIL to achieve their goals and how you can AVOID them HERE. Shawn is the founder of TheMillionaireSecrets.net and through his blog, he has encouraged thousands of people to achieve their dreams and move to the higher level in life.
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