• The ability to be more productive is a trait we would all like to improve upon—but actually following through is often difficult.
  • When it comes to visualization, one of the simplest steps you can take to be more productive is is to separate tasks into categories based on their urgency. 
  • Self-care tactics for being more productive include staying hydrated, stretching, mindfulness meditations, and getting proper rest.
  • Ultimately, to be more productive doesn’t require rocket science, but proper planning and consistency. Responsible decision-making, and tools like digital planners and reminders are a helpful way to keep yourself on track.

There are only 24 hours in a day… and many of us wish we could make that time even more productive. From self-help books to TikTok tutorials, the quest for increasing our productivity has never been more popular. So how can we individually make it happen for ourselves? 

Thankfully, we’ve outlined some simplified processes below, which offer clarification and support for those who are curious about how to be more productive. Getting things done involves consistency, some sacrifices, and improved organizational skills

But if you’re willing to make some adjustments to your lifestyle, habits, and perspective, you might just be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Why Am I Not Very Productive?

Often, there are patterns and routines that we’ve knowingly or unknowingly established that are limiting our ability to be productive. One thing to think about is to evaluate if your definition of productivity is limiting, and consider whether it’s realistic. 

There are many different factors that limit one’s productivity, but being inherently lazy is not one of them. A lot of people will start to think that they are “just lazy” and that’s why they can’t accomplish what they want to or can’t feel productive — but this just isn’t true.

What Does a Productive Life Look Like?

Productivity can look different based on the person and their lifestyle preferences. However most people would define a “productive life” as a life that feels meaningful and that accomplishes the goals that are most fulfilling to them.

In other words, a life that brings someone satisfaction on a regular, consistent basis is a productive life. A productive life typically consists of: 

  • Stable daily routines
  • Realistic long- and short-term goals 
  • Supportive people
  • Activities that are consistently positive 
  • Self-care

A productive life is also something that includes a lot of variety and typically has low levels of monotony. 

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How Do I Start Living a Productive Life?

One of the best ways to start living a productive life is to identify certain behaviors, activities, people, places, and routines that help you to feel accomplished. Next, rank those listed items by how easy or difficult/realistic they are to complete. 

Prioritize doing the easier-to-accomplish things first and then move on to the harder ones, once you’ve established better routines and practices for completing the easier tasks. Remember, it takes time and self-compassion to be more productive—don’t be too hard on yourself as you navigate this goal.

How Do I Know If I Can Be More Efficient in Life?

One of the best ways to begin to live a life that is more efficient is to explore the areas of your life in which you may be getting in your own way. For example, ask yourself which areas of your life you feel stuck in—perhaps working with a life coach to write them down.

Once you’ve explored and defined those areas in your life, you can then ask yourself if there are any patterns and consistent trends between these areas. If you’re finding that there are some consistent patterns and trends with which you feel stuck in, those are some great areas to start examining if you are getting in your own way or doing/not doing anything to keep yourself stuck. 

What Are Some Time Management Techniques for Productivity?

Some great time management techniques for productivity involve: 

  • Using a personal planner
  • Using a digital reminder
  • Putting reminders for tasks on post it notes around the house
  • Making a habit of writing down your daily to-do on a white board

Continuously learning and improving skills allows for personal and professional growth, contributing to long-term productivity gains. Ultimately, consistent practice and the willingness to adapt lead to a more productive and fulfilling life.

How Can I Use Stress Management and Self-Care for Optimal Productivity?

You can use stress management and self-care for optimal productivity by: 

  • Taking frequent breaks
  • Exercising to blow off steam
  • Practicing mindfulness
  • Rewarding yourself when you accomplish a significant task
  • Staying hydrated
  • Eating brain-healthy foods

When we don’t meet our needs and take care of ourselves, it limits our ability to complete required and non-required tasks daily. Stress management and self-care skills go hand in hand in optimizing your productivity levels. 

The lower your stress levels and the more that you are nurturing yourself and meeting your own needs, the more efficient you are at completing tasks due to the level of mindfulness and presence that meeting your needs allows you to afford. 

How Can I Overcome Procrastination and Increase Focus?

You can overcome procrastination and increase your focus by making sure you’re meeting your personal self-care and wellness needs and keeping your stress levels manageable. You are able to feel most productive and are most effective when you have all of your resources and natural capacities. 

Another way to overcome procrastination is to set realistic goals that are achievable in small chunks. Parcel out different tasks and schedule a time to do them when you have the least distractions and have the fullest capacities; this also might look different daily. 

What Are a Few Strategies for Enhancing Productivity?

The strategies that will enhance productivity the most are the ones that are both geared towards your specific strengths as well as ones that are easy to incorporate into your daily routine. 

Write down your to-do list for the day with three categories:

  • Separate the most important tasks into a “required to be done today” category
  • Place the medium priority tasks into a “would be good to do but are not necessary” category
  • Put the rest into the “do tomorrow” category

Embracing productivity can lead to a multitude of benefits in both personal and professional spheres. By efficiently managing our time and resources, we unlock the potential for greater accomplishments, enhanced self-discipline, and increased overall satisfaction in our lives. 

Productivity empowers us to set and achieve meaningful goals, fostering a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Moreover, it allows us to strike a balance between work and leisure, promoting better mental and physical well-being. 

Ultimately, harnessing the power of productivity can pave the way for a more purposeful and successful journey through life.