Getting stuff done: Five ways to become more productive

No matter how efficient I try to be, I usually feel like there is never enough time for anything. Sometimes just thinking about the lack of time I have ends up overwhelming me so much that I waste time being anxious about that instead of using the time I do have productively.

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#1 – Keep your to-do list short
Of course, you need a plan for the day but make sure to only put 3 or 4 things on your to-do list. If you put too many items on your list you’ll get easily overwhelmed by it. It’s better to only do 3 to 4 things and actually accomplish all of them

#2 – Plan breaks
Make sure you have enough breaks, rest, and fun activities. You probably aren’t going to work sun up to sun down with no breaks, so I think it’s best to plan for the breaks. This will help you be a lot more realistic and deliver better results

#3 – Become an early bird
Countless studies have shown that almost everyone is more productive first thing in the morning. Use the peace and quiet of the early morning to complete your most important tasks and you will never regret missing that extra hour of sleep.

#4 – Turn off the gadgets
Shut down the television, put away your smartphone, tablet, and other gadgets. We’re so used to having an endless stream of technology at our fingertips that sometimes we forget that we don’t need to be connected all the time. For most people, myself included, the temptation to “just quick check” Instagram or Facebook every so now end then means precious time has slipped away. Combat this temptation by consciously scheduling technology-free times each day.

#5 – Evaluate your priorities
Spend 5 to 10 minutes each morning listing your priorities and examine what is most important. Don’t waste time on the things that don’t matter.

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Celina Fairbairn

Creative Director + Co Founder

Founder of CGD LONDON and a digital marketing expert. My passion is personal development and helping people to achieve their wildest dreams.