As soon as we make the decision to become more productive, Mr. Procrastination slips into our psyche to derail our best laid plans. Some of us are more inclined to procrastinate than others. What can we do about it?
Here are my five quick-and-dirty productivity tips:
- Plan to procrastinate on some items. Yes, you read that right. It’s a great idea to procrastinate about some items on your to-do lists. (If you subscribe to my weekly newsletter, we talked about that topic this week.) The key here is planning which items you can wait to do.
- Pick a productivity system. I prefer to use the Getting Things Done system myself, but it’s a bit more comprehensive than many prefer. A simple daily to-do list will suffice. Just put your top 1-3 items to get accomplished on that list, and you’re all set to carry through.
- Eat a well-balanced diet. When we get caught up in the busyness of our lives, we try to cut corners with our diet. It’s all too easy to grab fast food (even if it appears to be semi-healthful) and eat on the go. Without getting too nerdy (right now) about my own Bulletproof Diet, the key is to JERF (Just Eat Real Food)…like Sean Croxton-one of my favorite podcasters-likes to say.
- Create a self-care regimen. There are several ways to care for yourself. Do what you enjoy. That may be exercising, reading a good book, hanging out with friends or traveling. If you want to become more productive, you need to incorporate adequate amounts of downtime to replenish your energy levels.
- Schedule a brief “get things done” period daily. I saved my favorite tip for last! If you try to squeeze in a heavy 8-hours-of-brain-intensive work each day, you’ll burn yourself out. Pick your most important task(s) to get done during your peak time of day. Use the rest of your work day to accomplish the menial tasks and less brain-intensive items on your list. This is my #1 secret to appearing to accomplish A LOT while managing to retain some semblance of sanity.
Your Turn: Do you have any tips that help you stay on track when you feel the pull to procrastinate? Leave a comment below or shoot me an email.