Do you swear to yourself every night saying “Tomorrow, I will be very productive and get all the stuffs done?” And the next day, always find yourself not feel like working at all? Everyone wants to be productive but it is very hard to stay self-motivated every single day. If it describes you, this article will be the solution that actually works to establish your productive daily routine.
The right mindset plays a great role of establishing the productive daily habits. There are 2 major types of approaches to stay motivated, which are completely different from each other. Depending on your personality, determine which method would work more efficiently for you.
1. Give-Yourself-Rewards Approach
This is the method to motivate yourself by giving small rewards whenever you could follow your plan or achieve something. Being productive does not mean that you have to be stressed out by working after working. If you could successfully finish your job as scheduled, for example, treat yourself with your favorite snack. Scheduling small breaks periodically is also the way to reward yourself so that you can stay focused during work. By rewarding your efforts and hard work, you will be able to establish the good daily routine to stay productive.
2. Make Yourself Always Accountable
If those rewards cannot motivate you enough, this approach may be for you. In this method, you simply try to be always accountable with your work team or other communities. The community, which you are a part of, can help you go through what you are supposed to do because the accountability encourages you to work productively.
When you don’t feel like working and just want to put off the things…
Always Remember “Just Start It”
When the task is hard, has a huge responsibility, or takes a long time to finish, we all tend to put it off. However, once you start it, it is always much easier to continue working. All you need to do is just to start it. I believe most of you have felt the same way when you had to deal with some troublesome tasks. So always remember to start working, even for a few minutes will work, if you just feel like being lazy.
KNOW ALL THE STEPS TO TAKE TOWARD YOUR GOAL
You might have been told this since you were in kindergarten, but I want to say it again here. Scheduling is everything about being productive. If you don’t know what you need to get done, there is no way you can stay focused or motivated. Here are some tips to follow to make the ideal plan for your work.
First, the Clear Goal & Its Deadline
First of all, you need to know the clearly defined goal, and by when you need to complete it. Find out your short-term and long-term goals, and determine the specific deadlines for those goals. The goals can be finishing a project, or boosting the sales by 10%, or anything you are intend to achieve. And always remember, the goals with specific numbers/ details will help you motivate yourself hundreds times more than the vague ones.
Know What Your Next Step to Move Forward
Once you find out the goals, calculate, from the goals, what you need to complete monthly, weekly, and daily. By knowing what you exactly need to do at this moment, you will find it much easier to stay productive. Additionally, the scheduling enables you to avoid running out of time to complete a task and missing the deadline.
Never Make a Unrealistic Plan/ Expectation
Staying productive does not mean that you have to cram your schedule with the unrealistic plans. When you have your expectation too high, you will end up overwhelmed and give up following the schedule. Try to adjust it immediately if you find out that your plan is too crammed after trying it for a few days.
FIND THE BEST ENVIRONMENT
The environment is more important than you may think. Of course the right mindset is the key, but the better environment you put yourself in, the easier for you to improve the productivity.
Remove All Possible Temptations from Your Working Environment
The hardest part of the self-control is to fight with the temptations. Then why not put all those distractions away from you so that you can make it easier for yourself to stay focused? If it is the social medias that district you, turn the notifications off, or hide your personal cell phone. There are many different kind of tools that can help you dealing with the temptations when you are online, which you will find later in this article.
Change the Working Environment Helps You Feel Refreshed
Besides taking a short break, there is one more thing you can do to feel refreshed and keep on working productively. It is moving to the different space/ environment during work. If you are working in the office, it can be another room, the roof top, or even in the different seat in the same room. If you have to stay at your desk to work, then try leaving your desk at least during your short break. Maybe you can go outside for a little while to get the fresh air, which will dramatically increase your productivity later on. And if you are working from home, try working in the different places sometimes; a cafe in your neighbor, a library, or a park could be the good examples.
Keep Personal & Working Environment Separated
If you are working from home, this is the essential one. There are many benefits of working outside of office, including to reduce the stress. However, you cannot stay productive when being too relaxed. To avoid that, you should separate your personal space and working space at your house. Do not ever try to work in the bed or the dining room. Find one space that you will use only for work, it could be a desk in your bedroom, the balcony, or anywhere you prefer. It will help you to shift yourself to “working mode” even if you are at home.
Some people may prefer very quiet environment in working. For the others, if you feel tired after working for a couple of hours, the background music can actually help you feel refreshed and be productive. It is proven by a lot of researches that people will stay focused and finish a given task more quickly with the background music. The music with lyrics could be distraction sometimes, but the ones without lyrics will work perfectly.
A BUNCH OF TOOLS THAT CAN HELP YOU STAY FOCUSED
It is not easy to avoid all the temptations, especially when you are working online. But don’t worry. As mentioned earlier, there are a variety of tools that can help you eliminate the temptations for you. Each one has unique features and characteristics. Here I will introduce some of the tools that I found interesting.
If the Social Media Has Been Bothering You…
[Focus Time] This is the app to track your activity. It will show your progress on the graph, and also remove all the social media notifications from your devices during a certain period of time.
Time Management & Productivity
[Promodoro Technique] This tool will help you not only with the productivity but also your time management. It removes the distractions, schedule short breaks, and establish the good work-life balance. With Promodoro Technique method, you will learn how to “work with time, not against it.”
If Saving the Environment in Real Life is Something Motivating You…
[Forest] Does helping the environment by focusing on your work sound interesting for you? In this app, when you stay focused for a certain period of time, the trees grow in the virtual world. And guess what? Those trees will be planted in the real world. If you are a kind of person who find motivations outside of yourself, this app may be for you.
Motivating yourself to stay productive can be very hard. But with the right approaches and helpful tools, you will soon be able to control yourself and manage your work just like all the successful people. If you have any other advice or idea, share with us in the comment below!