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13 Ways to Become More Productive

Written By Ella on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | 2:05 PM

Time: it’s the one thing no one will ever have enough of and many mismanage. Even if one begins their day with a “to-do” list and good intent, it’s too common a scenario to fail achieving the day’s agenda by the end of the work day. That is, unless one possesses good work ethic and self motivation.

Thankfully, being productive is a skill which can be learned. By adopting the following habits, you, too, may learn how to better utilize your resources and become more productive.

1. Have a plant on your desk
Sound silly? This latest study found that people with a plant on their desk are 40% more productive and creative. If you’re seeking a promotion or just wanting to check more items off your list, having a plant nearby will produce more oxygen, reduce stress, reduce airborne molds and bacteria in the air, and even boost your immune system.

2. Visit your goals every day
If you need constant inspiration to stay on track, make a habit of looking over your short-term and long-term goals every day. A good habit is to contemplate, plan, and visualize your goals for five minutes every morning over your breakfast or hot tea.

3. Know when to say “yes” and “no”
In order to feel accepted, many feel they need to say ‘yes’ to every request. Pride your time and abilities, and only engage in those projects which support your elite productivity.

4. Sell your T.V.
Instead of watching others and their success, use the time you’d spend in front of the silver god to invest in your own dreams.

5. Sort your relationships
If you seek success and a fulfilled, happy life, be willing to say goodbye to energy vampires. Individuals that drain your energy or constantly harp on your goals are only holding you back from realizing your unlimited potential.

6. Keep Organized
Mess creates stress. Clean it up and work in an environment that is conducive to your studies.

7. Stop Multitasking
New research confirms that distractions common in modern day living are rewiring the way the brain works. (And are dropping the average IQ by 5 points!) Choose one task to focus on and give it all of your attention.

8. Get Fit
Take care of yourself first so you can be as efficient as possible. Being in peak physical condition can create explosive energy, renew your focus, and heighten your creativity.

9. Adopt Routine
The lives of highly productive and creative men, like Thomas Edison, John Grisham, and Stephen King, follow strict daily routines. Peak productivity is not about luck, it’s about devotion. Be willing to set a schedule (get up, start work, exercise, and relax) and stick to it.

10. Work chunks at a time
Working for 90 minute blocks with a ten minute break will allow your brain’s RNA to replenish. It’s then easier to go back to your work refueled. (Spirulina, the blue-green algae, also replenishes your brain’s RNA which can make you more productive).

11. Use your commute time
If you’re spending thirty minutes traveling one way per day, in one year you’ve spent 6 weeks of 8 hour days in your car. Listen to an inspirational audiobook, podcast, or study materials while you carpool with another individual.

12. Get lost
Escape to a quiet zone where there are no distractions. Turn off your devices and let yourself create, write, plan, and create. With intense focus, you will achieve massive results.

13. Drink more water
When you’re dehydrated, it’s more difficult to think; you’ll also experience a loss of energy. Begin your day with 8 oz of water (optimally with lime or lemon juice) and boost your body’s hydration.

By adopting these habits, you’ll discover how productive life can be. Dare to dream big and accomplish the unthinkable.

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