This month I’ve decided to write about how to be more productive. Time is a limited resource that we have, it’s something that cannot be bought back. Once it’s used up – it’s gone forever; so, it makes sense to spend it wisely.
Here are a few basic steps that are easy for anyone to follow to make the best use of time:
- What are your goals for the week?
When I was a personal fitness trainer, I always asked people to be specific in their goals, and not only that but realistic too. If they were not, they wouldn’t be able to reach their target and then it’s easy to become discouraged and give up. I know, I’ve been there! So be specific in your goal, aim high, but not so high that you cannot achieve what you have set out to do.
2. Plan the week ahead.
In a game of chess, there is strategy. Something that may try to stop you achieving what you have set out to do. Stick to your plan, no matter what! Protect the time that you have set aside to achieve your goal. Family members may try to disturb you, but once you send them away, be consistent with this! they will get the message that you are not to be disturbed. Failing this, you may have to find somewhere else to work on your goal, somewhere suitable, where you can hide away to work on the project.
3. Plan your time spent online.
The internet is a wonderful thing. So much information at our fingertips, social media, connecting with other people and cultures around the world. But the Web can easily become sticky so that you cling to it, get stuck in its grasp, making it difficult to pull yourself free. Managing your time on it, will prove to be invaluable if you are serious about achieving your goal.
As a writer, I use the internet a lot, for research, pleasure, linking up with like-minded people but if I’m not careful, it can lure me so that I’m stuck on it for a lot longer than I had planned to. Now I limit myself, as I would never get any writing done! You can try it too and you may be surprised at how much time you save.
4. Do what you have planned.
Unless there is an emergency that crops up, do what you have planned. If your goal is to form a new habit (a good one!), then if you keep doing the same thing regularly it will form one. There is conflicting evidence as to how many days it takes to form a habit but it’s safe to say that over time a habit will form. For example, I want to write, so I set goals for the week as to which projects I desire to work on, then during my planned writing sessions, I make sure that I stick to my plan (mostly).
The same thing with you, once you start to plan your week and carry out your goals then you will quickly see how productive you can be. I work full-time but I still manage to set time aside to write. My first book was written whilst I worked full-time, so it can be done. It just depends on how badly you want to achieve your goals.
5. Reap the rewards of your hard work.
Okay. So, you have achieved all your goals for the week, now what? Treat yourself! 😊 Have a nice meal out, go to the theatre or the cinema, buy some new clothes. Do something special as a reward for your hard work, it doesn’t have to be expensive but just a little treat so that you can feel good about your achievements.
Look back to the beginning of the week and how you didn’t think that you could reach your goal, but you did, and doesn’t it feel good? Look at everything you did and know that if you hadn’t planned your week then maybe you wouldn’t have achieved everything you had set out to do. Once you make this a regular habit it becomes more natural and it will take less time. I found this out myself and it’s a great feeling of accomplishment when you see what you have done, which is why I now plan every week.
Have fun with it. Make the most of your time as you cannot buy it back. Enjoy!
Thanks for reading my blog! 😃