Sometimes, people start off their productive day with a cup of coffee or maybe two or three! For others, they can just pop out of bed, and start it right away. Sometimes, some people don’t work that way, and they need a little bit of a routine to start a productive day. Here are 5 tips on how to do so. Don’t worry, it’s easy!
1. Start Off The Morning In A Positive Manner
Just as breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, the same goes for how you start off the morning. Think positive. Think about the goals you have to achieve. Think about the benefits you will gain from doing so. Don’t be like other people who complain about “oh it’s Monday”. You are lucky to live another day for another opportunity to make your goals and dreams com true. You can do this! You got this!
You think you can’t, you think you might fail, but truth is, there are successful people who were once in the same situation you were, but they managed to pull through because they don’t just aim for the limits, they aim to surpass it. Limits are set to motivate you. Don’t let the negatives drag you down, because the negatives aren’t worth your time.
2. Remember The 80/20 Rule
Remember the “law of the vital few.” This is also known as the 80/20 rule, or officially the Pareto Principle. This rule states that 20% of the effort generates 80% of the results. It can also work both ways both negatively and positively. In this case, you want to apply the 80/20 rule on the decisions you make – whether it’s a yes or a no to certain requests. You want to maximize your time and focus on what matters.
Read: Save Time, Make Better Decisions – The 80/20 Rule
3. Write Down Your Priorities
Having to remember all the tasks or priorities that you have to do is a mental challenge. Not only that, it can impact your productivity by making you worry about them too much throughout the entire day. The solution is simple. Write down all of your tasks and priorities.
It doesn’t matter what you write them down on or what app that you choose to use, just put it someplace where you can conveniently access and update – preferably a nice, neat, organized system.
Doing so, you don’t ever have to worry about forgetting to accomplish a task, because you have it all recorded somewhere accessible.
4. Create A Plan Of Attack
When it comes to tackling your priorities, it is important that you have a strategic plan. Don’t just tackle it head on. Think before you act. Note that the tip I am about to suggest is very debatable, but if you’re like me, try them all out! See what works best for you.
Okay, the tip is to tackle the easier tasks first. That way, as you complete more and more while building up your progress towards the harder ones, you’ll increase your confidence. You’ll be more motivated as you tackle harder tasks gradually. Again, this is debatable. Some people find it even more motivational or inspirational by doing the hardest tasks first. The reason for this is by tackling the hardest ones first, you get the biggest worries out of your way early on. However, I prefer the easier tasks first since sometimes making slow progress on harder tasks can become a motivation killer.
Read: 12 Tips on How to Stay Motivated and Accomplish Anything
5. Divide And Conquer – One Step At A Time!
Tackling a huge goal or task head on is tough. Therefore, divide and conquer! It’s tough to eat a whole apple at once, that’s why we cut it into slices or bite-sized pieces in order to eat the apple. It’s like chewing and swallowing. Chew and swallow. Chew and swallow.
If you feel like there is something missing on here, be sure to leave a comment below so that you can let others know about what you think can be changed. Also, which way do you think is better? Tackling the easier tasks first and then gradually approaching the harder ones or the reverse order? Let me know in the comments below. I’m curious about what you think about it.