Post courtesy of Inc.com
Even though we all want to be more productive, it’s hard to make major changes. Small changes are easy– and can be incredibly powerful. That’s why the following 20 tips are simple enough you can immediately incorporate them into your daily routine. Some tips will help you better use your time. Others will help you harness your energy. Others will help you stay more focused. No matter what, they all work. So try a few – or try them all!–Jeff Haden
1. Create Systems, Not Goals
2. Make Temptations Hard to Reach
3. Maximize Your Most Important Tasks
4. Purposely Allow Less Time for Key Projects
So take the opposite approach. Limit the amount of time you allow yourself to complete an important task. You’ll be more focused, more motivated, your energy level will be higher… and you’ll actually get more done.
5. Stop In the Middle
6. Chunk Housekeeping Tasks
7. Just Say No
8. Start Small So You Won’t Mind
9. Build In Frequent Breaks
10. Follow the 2-Minute Rule
11. Actively Schedule Free Time
12. Exercise First Thing in the Morning
Plus exercise can improve your mood for up to 12 hours after you work out. So there you go. Work out for 20 minutes first thing. Feel better. Be smarter. Be less stressed. Have a more productive day. Can’t beat that.
13. Eat a Healthy Lunch Every Day
14. Drink a Lot More Water
Plus if you drink water first thing in the morning you’ll boost your metabolism. Drink more water throughout the day and you’ll be less hungry, feel more energetic, decrease your chances of contracting certain diseases… and you’ll have to get up more often to use the restroom which ensures you’re more active throughout the day.
15. Take a Productivity Nap
Besides that, neurologists tout the learning benefits of mid-day siestas.Silicon Valley companies compete to see who can design the the coolest napping rooms. Napping is not just napping anymore; it’s a skill. And it’s a skill that can super-charge your productivity. (Here are some great tips for productive napping.)