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4 Quick Tips for Being More Productive

Getting up early is the tool-of-choice if you want to be more productive.

Whether it’s The 4-Hour Work Week, The 12 Week Year or What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, the message is pretty consistent.  Getting up early is the key to better productivity.

That sounds great!

Unless you’re me. I’m sorry, but to me, there should only be one 6 o’clock in the day and that’s around about now, when I’m dreaming of my own tool-of-choice…Edinburgh Gin!

So with all the hype on what ‘successful’ people do in the first few hours of their days, I thought it was time to give it another try.  Now don’t get me wrong, there will be no enthusiastic leaping from my bed at 6am, but I’m willing to try 7am, or possibly 6.30am.

After all, if there are people out there squeezing in a shopping list of To-Dos before even going to work and probably getting 99% of their tasks done before lunchtime, I dare say I too can give this early-mornings-equal-more-productivity thing a go…

Day 2 | 30-Day Blogging Challenge

Four alarm clocks and cup of coffee

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it. – Richard Whately

(At this point, my husband will be reading this blog and potentially giving himself a hernia from laughing so much.)

Right then. I’m going to need some help.  Quite a lot of help, actually.

Accordingly to several experts, apparently I need to give myself a head-start by doing a few things before I go to bed tonight.  And that starts with taking control of the 30 minutes just before going to sleep which, supposedly, is relatively easy (some of this mad plan has to be!).

Here’s what my panel of experts suggests:

Plan Your Big 3

Whether you have MITs, WIGs or BHAGs, it’s super imporatant to connect and set your next days most important goals/tasks before going to sleep. It doesn’t sound like the most relaxing activity, but apparently I will thank myself tomorrow morning when, after waking up in a fog, I will see the three major tasks of the day clearly laid out before me.  Think of these as the three things you must accomplish today.  These are by no means the only things to do, but they’re the things that will make the biggest difference to your productivity.

Gather Up The Stragglers

If, like me, you ever feel like there are just too many random thoughts and unresolved issues floating around in your head, this is a great tip.  Try collecting the day’s stragglers in a daily journal.  I’m a ‘writer’, as in, I like writing things down.  I find it incredibly therapeutic; the process of capturing all my thoughts frees up my mind to think about other, less-stressful things (apparently!).  Then, come tomorrow, I can think about new ideas and the journal will remember any stragglers that were important.

Declutter Your Bag

I was a slow starter to the whole change-your-bag-to-match-your-outfit movement.  But now, it’s actually part of a ritual clearing out ceremony!  The problem is that by the end of the week – my bag is almost always overflowing with loose change, random leaflets and receipts from no-idea-where.  So whether it’s your laptop or handbag, do yourself a favour; throw away the rubbish and take out anything you don’t need.  That way, you don’t have to scrabble around the bottom of your bag searching for the stuff you need (like your phone or car keys in my case).

It’s Raining Men!

Ha! Got you with that one, didn’t I?  Ok, so it might not be raining men where you are, but this tip is all about being more prepared for morning.  The more you get done before you go to bed, the less you have to do in the morning, right?  So just by checking tomorrow’s weather – unless, like me, you live in Scotland where the weather changes by the minute – you can select your clothes and save the time you would’ve spent fumbling around in wardrobe.

Finally, relaaaaaaaaaax to make sure you jump start tomorrow, you should get plenty of rest tonight – and that starts even before you actually go to sleep.  So whether it’s reading a book (yes, a real one, with pages inside) or watching your favourite series or even chatting to a friend on the phone, make an effort to actually set aside some time just for you.  If nothing else, it gives your mind the rest it needs and you’re much more likely to get a better night’s sleep, too.

Right, I’m off for my date with a large G&T…that should help me relax!

First time here? Thank you for reading my blog – this is Day 2 of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge.  If you liked it, there are more posts here.  I’d love to hear your comments and please feel free to share it.

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Author: Jane Rennie

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