Did you ever wonder how successful people became who they are? How can they get so much done in a day while you barely sit through your 9 to 5 workday? How they always seem to be everywhere and on top of every assignment?
The old saying “time is money” is more than just an outdated idiom. Time is the most valuable resource we cannot buy or trade for. We only have 24 hours every day to tackle all tasks, plan, organize and still spend time with our loved ones.
If you’ve always wondered how successful people do it, here’s a couple of tips on how to stay productive.
Make To-Do Lists
Getting all caught up in chaos is the biggest productivity killer. If you want to stay organized, don’t underestimate the good old to-do list. To-do lists have been successful people’s greatest ally for so long, and with modern technologies and convenient mobile to-do apps, keeping track of your tasks has never been easier. The key to getting everything done tomorrow is planning your to-dos today. After you’ve added all the pending tasks, sort them by priority putting the tasks you need to finish tomorrow first. Determine when you’ll be spending time on each item and for how long. Follow the list and you won’t have to spend time navigating the chaotic sea of pending tasks.
Review Your Progress Every Day
Another trait successful people share is responsibility. Once you’ve made your to-do list and went through the items, you need to review your progress, how effective you were at completing the tasks, what setbacks did you encounter and how satisfied you are with your results. How many items on the list did you complete, and how many did you plan on finishing. Did you cross out the priority tasks? If not, why? This is how successful people stay ahead of the competition.
Drink Coffee Responsibly+
Numerous studies have shown drinking coffee has a lot of benefits and a couple of drawbacks. But consuming coffee in moderation can help you stay productive throughout the day. All the greatest minds of the world like Leonardo DaVinci and Albert Einstein were avid coffee drinkers, and we don’t need to remind you of what they’ve achieved. Caffeine keeps the AMP enzyme in your blood longer, leaving you more energized and sending more blood to your brain.
Use Productivity Apps
A lot of apps are designed to boost your productivity, and you should use their full potential. With apps such as Blink the Bee, Evernote, Trello, Toggl, and Asana you can organize your day better and easily track your progress.
Keep Multitasking to a Minimum
Contrary to popular belief, successful people are not too keen on multitasking. In fact, some studies have shown that multitasking can decrease your productivity as much as 40%. Dividing your attention between many tasks is less effective than focusing on single tasks at a time. However, you can divide complex tasks into smaller bites and tackle them at the same time.