5 Methods to Maximize Your Productivity.

A Quick Guide to a Better, More Productive Day.

1. Have an accountability partner.

Whether you realize it now or not, having a team at your back, or even just one person to keep you accountable to your promises is invaluable when it comes to personal growth, productivity, and overall success.

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Failure Happens! Don’t Beat Yourself Up Over It!!!

You can do the same for your accountability partner, as they do for you. It’s a mutually beneficial connection — don’t disregard how powerful a tool it can be.

2. Learn to schedule your days, weeks, and months — and use Time-Blocking to your advantage.

I’m sure you’ve heard this many times by now. I take 10 minutes before bed and write my next day schedule. I block out specific times for specific things. You can do the same, and make it work for you. Doing a daily schedule also helps those with rotating work schedules!

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A lot of people have expressed to me that they only feel their “muse” at night. That’s because it’s quiet. Find a quiet place in the morning for your “muse” to play in. You control it, because it’s not a real thing. A muse is just a term given to extra creativity and inspiration. Don’t let it control you, and do what is best for you!

Sit down with a paper and pen, or even a schedule calendar on your computer (or phone), wherever it is going to be the most useful for you. (My significant other uses a blackboard with colorful markers.) Making it something you enjoy, is convenient for you, and keeps you on task is extremely important.

If it bores you, you won’t bother.

A sample schedule for me looks a bit like this:

Mix things up or you’re going to get bored. And boredom often leads to procrastination.

3. Learn to Set and Keep Goals. You Need Them.

The more you ignore the need for goals, the longer you’re going to wander the world aimlessly going no where. Know what you want, and get it.

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“Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been.”
Kurt Vonnegut

Be brave enough to not die with regrets. Even if you fail — make those goals and try your best to get it!

You need to cut out some of that Social Media time, my friend.

Social Media is a pit. You can get lost in great conversation, arguments, nonsense, and it just kills the time you should be on the grind. So, limit your social media time, use sites like Buffer to manage your posts and give you time to get to the real work.

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A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.
Charles Darwin

Utilizing online programs or apps to manage your social media is one of the best ways to clear up your own time — and get back to what’s important. I pull aside one hour of my day to work towards audience building, marketing, SEO learning, and other social media information. (I am also taking courses on these at my university.)

Make every second of your day count.

5. Practice Self-Discipline. Self-Awareness and Being Able to Manage Yourself Will Provide You With Guidelines To Stay on Target.

Imagine you’re applying for a “dream job” but requirements say, “Must be a self-starter.” This is one of those things. Gaining productivity in your day is about learning how to manage yourself as your would any employee. That means being self-aware and self-disciplined.

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“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” — Clint Eastwood

Take a look at yourself and ask when the last time you listened to yourself about what you wanted. When was the last time you got off your couch and did something you had an idea for instead of just thinking about it?

  1. You’re the boss of you, so listen up!
  2. Recognize your weaknesses, and your strengths — play to your strengths and build up your weaknesses so that they work for you, not against you.
  3. Do not allow your brain to convince you that responsibilities can be put off. They can’t and you’re wasting time!
  4. Realize that you have willpower, and willpower can be strengthened just like any muscle.
  5. Stop listening to people who want you to “play it safe” and not “take risks”, these people mean well, but they’re holding you back.
  6. Failure is not the end all be all, dust yourself off and try again.
  7. You can and you will succeed. Repeat after me until it sticks.

Be prepared for the worst and do everything you can to keep pushing forward.

When I wake up in the morning, I have noticed in the few moments it takes to brush my teeth, I justify if I can “afford” to go back to sleep for 1–2 hours. The answer is always no. My tired brain likes to argue, and I’m certain yours does too.

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” — Jim Rohn

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Former HuffPost writer, Professional Author & Graphic Designer, BA in English & Graphic Design.

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