How to Be Productive and Achieve Goals

Planning with a calendar and laptop

Have you ever wondered how to be Productive? It sounds like an easy thing: wake up early, start the day as you mean to go on and get straight to work! But in reality, it goes a bit differently…

Most individuals wake up in the morning tired before they even begin their day. It is difficult enough to get everyone out of the house and ready for the day sometimes. There are times when getting ready for the day is almost as much work as the day itself.

Having to think about being productive after the morning rush is another scenario altogether.

However, there are ways to incorporate a little bit more productivity into your day.  All it takes is a little planning and a little practice.

How to be Productive Throughout Your Day

Be a Pre-Planner

A little pre-planning goes a long way! Although you may feel tired at the end of a long day to even think about planning for the next day, that extra bit of effort will make the next 24 hours SO much smoother.

If you take five minutes to make a container of leftovers for lunch the next day, you will have saved valuable morning crunch time. Picking out your clothes the night before is also another excellent way to create more time for your day.
An excellent tip for being more productive throughout the day is to check the weather the night before and you will be surprised at how finding your rain boots and umbrella the night before adds up to precious minutes.

Eat Right and Sleep Tight

Cup of tea and book on bed

In order to have a more productive day, you need to have a restful night. Eating light and healthy meals close to bedtime, practicing some relaxation rituals, and getting a good night’s sleep are all integral components of being more productive throughout your day.

A night of good sleep equals more energy and a better memory! When you remember more, you work easier and faster.

Take a Break

It is essential to take a break in the workplace once in a while. Sometimes time away from your desk or your office is time well spent. Going outside for a breath of fresh air, a cup of tea or even just some sunshine can give you a fresh perspective on the rest of the day ahead.

Rely on Technology

Of course, you have to rely on technology, as well. There is an app for just about anything you need to know and remember and can help you stay on track with your productivity. Use your phone to file away important documents, set reminders, and add meetings to your calendar.

It’s also a great way to stay in touch with family members, as things are always changing. A quick text about picking up the kids from after school clubs can really save the day. Being organized has never been easier, so lets take advantage!

Five Things You Can Do Today to Achieve Your Goals

There is a lot more to achieving any goal than just having the goal. But it is the first step. You may wonder how some people seem so great at achieving their goals while other people aren’t so good at it. Part of the reason why some people fail is that they don’t know what they’re working towards, wandering aimlessly. Either this OR they do not have a schedule of action points, to actually work toward achieving the goal. In order to meet any goal, start doing these five things today.

1. Craft Clear, Specific and Doable Goals

For any goal to be achievable it must first be clear and very specific. But, it also must be possible. You do want to challenge yourself a bit and set the goal high, but you want to ensure that any goal you set is possible. Do a little research!

For instance, let’s say your ultimate goal is to lose 50 pounds. Obviously, anyone who needs to lose 50 pounds and sets their mind to it can do so, but they can’t and shouldn’t do it in one month. So an unreasonable goal is “I want to lose 50 pounds in a month.” Instead, a more reasonable and doable goal is to state “I want to lose 50 pounds in 30 weeks.” This is in line with health recommendations not to lose more than 2 pounds per week and gives you a little cushion for plateaus and other issues.

2. Each Goal Needs Set Actionable Tasks

Planning with a calendar and laptop

Additionally, any goal that you really want to meet needs to have the “why” and the “how” included with the “what” of the goal. In the example above, you want to lose 50 pounds in 30 weeks, which will be a little less than 2 pounds per week. You’ll need to look at your diet, compute the number of calories you should consume and the amount of exercise you need to see those results.

Thankfully, today there are online calculators to help you determine this easily, but let’s say that you determine that if you consumed 1800 calories a day, and walked for 20 minutes each day, you would achieve the goal that you set within the time limit. So, now you need to include planning your meals and fitting in the exercise necessary to reach your goal. But because of the research you did, you know exactly what is needed to be successful with the goal you set.

You can see a clear path to success just by going further and adding these actionable tasks:

• Eat 1800 calories a day

• Walk fast for 20 Minutes per day

Seeing that in black and white you can see that it’s very doable and achievable. But, there are a few more steps necessary to achieve your goals.

3. Schedule Everything

Do not leave anything to chance. Instead, schedule in the work necessary to reach your goals into a real calendar. Writing a list isn’t good enough – you need to schedule in everything so that you don’t miss a single day due to losing track of your schedule. You’ll need time to eat healthier, which requires more chopping and cooking, and you’ll need time to fit in the exercise. Remember to be realistic! It’s more than likely those 20 minutes of exercise may double due to prep time and recovery time. You need to be realistic about how long each thing will take and schedule them into your day properly.

4. Take Action

No goal will ever be achieved if you don’t take consistent action. Each morning, look at your calendar and follow through on the plans that you’ve made and the criteria you’ve set for yourself to get things done. All you have to do is the minimum necessary each day to reach your goal. When you get through each day having done the minimum, you’re a success – each and every single day!

5. Repeat

Notebook and headphones

Finally, you’ll need to repeat these steps every single day. When you make very specific and clear goals with very specific steps, you will soon discover the secret to success that seems to escape so many people. The real secret is in the doing. It’s like going on a long hike – if you take one step at a time, moving in the direction of the map that you’ve planned out for yourself, you will get to the end and you will be a success.

Reaching your goals is just a matter of setting reasonable and realistic goals, and then setting up a schedule of actionable tasks and steps that bring about the end result you want. You can start today to achieve your goals.

Do let me know if you have any go-to tips on reaching your goals or how to be productive.  I’m always interested in new ways, especially if they involve lots of coloured pens, stickers and order!

If you’re struggling for time and want to make room on your schedule, check out my post on Managing your Time!

Speak soon!