6 Quick Tips on How to Be More Productive This Year

6 Quick Tips on How to Be More Productive This Year

If you could describe your 2017 in one word, what would it be? Would you use words such as "amazing" or "successful" or "thriving"? I bet you wouldn't. And it's not only you; most people actually wouldn't (or rather couldn't). Why? Because today's society loves to be comfortable. It loves binging on Netflix and it loves wasting hours scrolling through social media. Let's face it -- it's extremely hard to be productive in this time of age. But you know what? This can all change if you really want to. 

So I've put together a list of tips on how to become the most productive person you've ever been. Let's make 2018 our bitch. Shall we?

1. Sleep

This goes without saying, but sleep is the most important factor when it comes to productivity. You can't expect to get things done if you're worn out. So if you want to take advantage of every minute of every day, please make sure you get those 8 hours of Zzzzzzz's.

2. Plan

If you want to be productive and effective, you need to plan ahead. You need to grab that agenda of yours and organize time slots for all your projects. In other words, you need to treat your day as a series of blocks. For instance: 9am to 5pm: at work | 6pm to 7pm: social media (responding to comments, engaging with others ...) | 7pm to 8:30pm: work on my blog. You get the gist!

3. Follow the 5-second rule

Have you heard of Mel Robbins' 5-second rule? If not, this is going to be your life saver. The 5-second rule is a rule where you count backwards (so 5, 4, 3, 2 , 1) whenever you want to start doing something, anything, that you don't necessarily have the motivation to do at that precise moment. So for instance, if you want to go to the gym but you're feeling super lazy, all you have to do is start counting backwards from 5. And as soon as you say 1, you'll get up and go. Or using Robbins' words, you're going to launch yourself like a rocket ship. It might sound silly, but it's a very powerful tool.

4. Get rid of all your distractions

Is the TV your distraction? Turn it off! Is the fridge your distraction? Go to a room that's further away from the kitchen. Is your partner or your roommate your distraction? Lock yourself in a room or leave your home for a couple of hours. Whatever your distraction is, get rid of it.

5. Change scenery

Because your home is probably full of distractions, it's always a good idea to change scenery. So where should you go? Go to your favorite local coffee shop or to the library or to the park -- the options are endless.

6. Hang out with like-minded people

This point might be last on the list, but it's not the least important one. If you want to be successful in life and achieve great things, it's absolutely critical that you surround yourself with people who are like-minded. You need people who will motivate you, not people who'll drag you down.