Have you ever wondered what it really takes to have a productive day, without dying of boredom or feeling like you’ve been deprived?
If you’re anything like me, it’s probably something you’ve tried to do. So, you can avoid laziness, procrastination and all the other green giants that affect our productivity, steal our joy and make it difficult to achieve our purpose.
But then again, there are right and wrong ways to be productive. And you probably want to do it the right way. You want to accomplish your plans without harbouring any regrets or ‘could have beens’ moments.
For most of us, we hope to not only live happy and fulfilled lives but to know that we have made a difference, added value and achieved our purpose.
Here are a few hacks that should help:
Life hacks to increase your productivity and happiness
There are a few techniques and strategies you can start right away that can help boost your productivity and give you peace. I guess the most important life hack is that you start. Don’t wait for tomorrow, next week or month. There is no such thing as a perfect time, only one who is ready and willing to do better with her time.
There is no such thing as a perfect time, only one who is ready and willing to do better with her time.
Write down your goals and plan ahead.
I feel like a clanging cymbal with this one. It is something you’ve probably heard a million times but it never gets old. It is still an integral technique to achieving more.
Research has shown that we are more likely to achieve our goals, by as much as 42% when we write them down. Even more so, when we set out a plan on how to achieve it.
“for which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it-“
We need to consider our options and the tools and resources required to achieve our goals. I mentioned of few of these here. You can also use the goal setting checklist to help you do more.
Cultivate an effective but flexible daily routine
This is not just about having a great morning routine but to make sure you are able to maximize every aspect of the day.
“Be very careful, then, how you live- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
I have often seen articles that focus on having a good morning routine or evening routine. These are great but I believe we should also be holistic. If we start right and end wrong, we may still end up feeling bad about, which could take us down the regret cycle.
A few tips: for each day, create a workable schedule. Wake up earlier, do your most difficult tasks first and meditate (pray) at various times in the day.
You can also map out free times in your schedule should something important or unexpected, which requires your attention, occur.
At the end of each day, do a quick review of what you accomplished and go through a list of tasks for the next day.
Be willing to say ‘NO’
You have to be willing to say no to distractions and focus on what needs to get done. The truth is that if we take on too many tasks or make a lot of commitments, it will be difficult to fulfil all of these and we may end up feeling like we failed and also lose our peace.
You need to define what matters to you and do those things.
We also need to avoid the urge to multi-task. You may have heard that women are better at multitasking but this doesn’t mean we should do it. According to Susan Weinshenck, we can lose up to 40% of our productivity if we keep switching between tasks.
If you find yourself multitasking, stop, take a deep breath and re-focus on your most important task.
Don’t dwell on your mistakes
Mistakes are inevitable and they are only good for one thing, to teach us. We need only learn from them and move on.
If you’re in the habit of beating your self up for your mistakes or all the things you could have done right.You may find that you’ve lost valuable time on this exercise and don’t feel any better.
I used to do this, being my worst critic but recently, I started learning the art of focusing on the results rather than the problem.
“a man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”
Incorporate a bit of fun in your daily life
We need to be intentional about finding joy in the little and big aspects of our lives. This could be through doing the things you love or spending time with the people that matter to you. It will not only make you happier but also increase your willingness and ability to do more productive work.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
Which means there should always be some time to play, to relax and to rest. If you’re an entrepreneur or have a few side projects, there is the danger that you may want to work, all the time. DON’T DO IT!
Always try to schedule some free time, find what works for you and do it. You will be happy you did.
A grateful heart is a wonderful thing. It not only makes God happy but reminds us of all we’ve done through him. We can’t take credit for our lives or the ability to do the things we need to do, that’s all on God.
“many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
In all that you do, it is good to remember to “take delight in the lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
Our God is ever loving and giving, he ready to bless you, if only you will seek him first and put all your hope and trust in him.
Why you need to implement these life hacks to increase your productivity and happiness
I’ve often heard people say the best time to make changes/resolutions are at the beginning of the year. I don’t agree with this as I believe it is restrciting and a limiting belief that doesn’t help us.
Every day, every minute and hour could be our clean slate, if we choose it. So, let’s choose today to kick off one of our most productive years.
Are you ready?