How To Be Productive: 11 Tips for Getting More Done

Productivity is a buzzword often thrown around with efficiency and time management. Many only consider productivity at work, but personal productivity is one of the keys to building a better life. 

Being more productive at work and home can give you a sense of accomplishment and enhance your well-being. 

How To Be More Productive

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Sometimes it takes a conscious effort to make yourself productive. You must tell yourself what you will do and stop yourself from getting distracted.

Here are ten things that will help you achieve that:

Take Care of Small Things First

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Have you eaten, used the restroom, and let the dog in or out? You must take care of these small tasks before starting. Stopping every five minutes to tend to small things like this can destroy your vibe and get you out of the zone.

Imagine trying to accomplish anything if you have to get up and use the restroom, then get a glass of water, check the mail, and switch the laundry over. Your hour of productive time is going to be gone before you even get started. 


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Journaling is an underrated productivity tool. Use your daily journal to express gratitude, log your workouts, and write down what you want to accomplish.

Journaling for productivity allows you to set goals, track accomplishments, record task lists, monitor progress, and work out complex problems. It gives you a way to visualize your progress and allows you the satisfaction of checking items off a to-do list. 

Numerous types of journals help with productivity. Grab the one that’s right for you!

Brain Dump

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Sometimes, we are so overwhelmed with everything in our heads that we can’t focus on the most critical task. We might need help to determine what that task is!

A brain dump can help. It’s a system of getting everything floating in your head out on paper. Getting your thoughts on paper will help you organize them and stay focused on what is essential. 

 Make A List

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Is making a list the same thing as journaling? You’re writing stuff you need to do down in both, right? But they aren’t the same, and doing both is vital for productivity.

List-making corresponds with the goals you laid out in your journal. Your journal entry may have a big goal, like “publish a blog post,” while your list will outline all the small tasks required to complete that goal. 

You can add a task list to your bullet journal spread if you prefer everything in one place. 

 Set a Specific Time Frame

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It’s hard to be productive all day, every day. But it’s much easier to be effective from 4 pm to 6 pm! That means you only have to focus for two hours, and your mind can look forward to a sweet relaxing reward after. 

Set a specific time of one to two hours to which you dedicate yourself to being productive. You may get so engrossed in it that you spend even more time on it!

Time blocking is the basic idea behind the Pomodoro technique. You set a timer for a short time, focusing on a specific task for that timeframe. When the time is up, you can move on to something else. 

Say No

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People wanting you to do things for them is a massive hindrance to productivity. I understand that it’s great to help people out on occasion. But it might be time to say no when helping others becomes such a drain on you that you can’t accomplish your own tasks. 

Ask yourself if the person who needs assistance really needs it or if they just want company. Put headphones on to minimize interruptions. Don’t let other people waste your time. 

Saying no and focusing on what’s important to you is a great way to boost your own happiness and productivity. 

Create a Routine

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Focusing on a specific time for productivity works even better if you make it a routine.  I’m a morning person, so I’m at my most productive levels first thing in the morning. Therefore, I use that energy to get personal stuff done before work.  

Setting a daily routine like this will help you be more productive. Set a specific time daily and do your best to keep to that schedule. Eventually, it will become a habit, and being productive during that time will be second nature to you.

Put the Distractions Away

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Distractions are one of the biggest productivity killers out there. Our phones burst with distracting apps, calling us to waste our time. But we can find ways to stop ourselves from procrastinating with distractions.

The biggest distractions usually come from our phones – so turn off the notifications and put them away! Put it someplace out of reach for the next hour or so, and don’t go looking at it.  You can even set a timer to tell you when you can look at your phone again.

Focus on the Most Important Thing First

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Getting a big, important task off of our to-do list feels fantastic. Once you knock that huge task out, you will feel productive. Use that energy to complete some of the smaller things on your list. 

Whether you have time to finish those minor tasks, you can feel proud knowing you have achieved something huge. 

Take Time for Self Care

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Increasing productivity is hard when you’re tired, hungry, or unfocused. Take some time for self-care to ensure you have the energy to get stuff done.

Ensure you sleep well, eat a healthy diet, and take naps. Doing these things to take care of yourself is not only motivating but will boost productivity. 

Reward Yourself

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What’s the point of productivity if you don’t get anything out of it? Reward yourself! 

Reward yourself for achieving your daily goals, completing significant milestones, and or developing creative solutions. 

You can reward yourself with a favorite snack, some downtime to read a book, a relaxing bath, or anything else that motivates you. But remember, you don’t get that sweet reward until after the hour allotted time of productivity!

Start a Morning Routine 

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Starting your day off right can improve productivity. 

Here are 23 morning routine ideas to help you start each day right. 

Avoid the Hype

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Everyone has productivity secrets they insist will help you get more done. Don’t believe the hype. Productivity experts don’t know you, so they don’t always know what will work for you. 

Here are Common Productivity Hacks that Don’t Always Work

Find More Tips in Books

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Need more help being productive? Here are 11 of the top books on productivity to help you get more done

Learn to Be a Leader

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Leadership skills can be developed. If you want to excel in your career, you need to become a leader. 

Here Are 10 Essential Leadership Skills You Can Develop 

The Best Bullet Journal Ideas

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Using a bullet journal to boost productivity? Grab some inspiration!

Here are 48 Bullet Ideas to Help You Get Started.