1. Set The Goal For The Day and Make a Plan of Action
As soon as you get up, set a goal and intention for the day. Once you've got a clear goal, you will be able to set a plan of action - how are you going to achieve your goal? It doesn't have to be a big goal, but just by setting an intention, and having a plan in place, means you are already halfway to having a productive day.
2. Eat a Good Breakfast
Having fuel inside you to start your day is the best way to ensure you are running on all cylinders. Whether you like cereal, toast, or just want to grab a banana, by eating breakfast you are setting your day up the right way.
Whether you prefer to work out in the morning, or evening, setting aside even 10 minutes a day to exercise will help with any stress and tension you are feeling, and with those feel-good exercise endorphins you will feel ready for anything.
4. Don't Procrastinate!
Don't think about it - just do it. When we start over-thinking a task, we tend to let it get much bigger in our mind than it actually is. Break it down into small steps, and start at number 1. You'll soon find it was much easier than you thought!
5. Do The Hard Tasks First
It's always tempting to get the easy (and small) tasks out the way first, leaving the big things until later. But if you get the big things out the way first, the sense of accomplishment will follow you throughout the day, making any other tasks seem easy-peasy!
6. Handle Distractions
The enemy of productivity is distractions, and we all have our own ways of handling them. Some people will turn off their phones until an important task is over, or some computers have a feature that allows you to turn off your internet for a certain amount of time. For some distractions, working out a reward system works, ie do 1 hour of work, and watch 30 minutes of television. Work out what your distraction is, and see which method is best for you.
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