How to Maximize Productivity & Stop Unproductive Habits

One of the most effective ways to develop a better lifestyle is to do things that maximize productivity. There are several reasons people work hard, but get little done. It is important to find the time-wasting habits in our lives, the little seemingly harmless activities that are eating up our productivity without us knowing. These same activities cause us to wonder at the end of the day, where the time has gone? The first step to correcting our time-wasting habits, like all bad habits, is to find where we have gone wrong? Everyone has only twenty-four hours in a day to get things done.

There is simply no exception. Why is it that some people manage to accomplish so much more in a day than others who wonder where it all went?Since there is no way to make a day last more than twenty-four hours, the next best thing is to develop habits that maximize productivity. Here are some habits that you can develop to maximize your daily productivity, so you can start focusing on what really matters in life.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

Learning to maximize productivity

The more we learn to maximize productivity with efficiency the more success we will experience. For example more time, and money to do the things we want. Without efficiency our productivity is dead in the water.  As the saying goes, “time is money”, and in fact, oftentimes, time is actually more important than money. You can certainly make use of time intelligently to make up for money or anything else you’ve lost. There is simply no way you can buy back lost time, but you can start making  it work in your favor. Here are some benefits below when we learn to maximize productivity.

  • Make more money:  Well, creating more money may actually be easier than it seems when your time is used wisely. To do this we must first learn to reorganize our thought process, and the way we handle and plan out our daily activities. Once you start developing  habits that maximize your time, it becomes a lot easier to find ways to make more money.
  • Have more time: This brings us to the topic of the importance of knowing how to create more time. Don’t we all wish to do that? Haven’t you always caught yourself thinking, “If only I had just one more hour every day to do what I want to do? Well, creating more money can put you in control of your time. More time to do what you love to do. How we plan out our daily activities, will determine how much time, and money we have. These are the building blocks to maximize efficiency, and productivity.

 Identify time killing habits

Before starting new habits that make life easier we should first identify the ones that are wasting our time. Look close at the way you do life, and you might be amazed at how much time you are actually wasting. Here are some habits that kill productivity that we need to identify, and try to avoid.

Too many distractions – If you want to accomplish more, stay organized, and achieve your dreams than you need to eliminate unnecessary distractions. Start identifying things that keep you preoccupied. For instance stressful relationships, other people’s drama, or television. There are probably several other distractions you can add that are a waste of time, energy, and money. Learning to eliminate distractions will help you to  dramatically maximize productivity while reducing  your stress .

Living with no purpose:  Having a defined purpose  is a key factor in productivity. Without purpose, it is easy to get into confusion and despair about which way to go and how to spend your time. When you take time to plan your day you choose to live life “on purpose.” You no longer just “exist.” You embrace purpose, and start making things happen.

Having no deadline: Always attach a deadline to your daily projects, goal lists, or life plan. Your mind will work more efficiently. Be specific right down to the day, and hour. Without a deadline there’s no sense of urgency, and nothing will get done.

Putting things off – Putting things off can temporarily influence you to do things more interesting. But in the long-term you’ll never reach any goals. In the end, procrastination kills valuable time, and creates more problems than it’s worth.

“A goal is a dream with a deadline” Napoleon Hill

Focus on what matters most

Once you make a habit of eliminating unnecessary distractions you can start to focus on what really matters most.  Whether it’s a one day project, or creating a life plan. Make your focus specific. The more emotionally attached the better. Now it’s time to fine tune exactly what you want to achieve.

  • Find your bliss: To maximize your daily productivity you  need to find your bliss in life. If you’re just going through the motions in your daily activities you’ll never experience your full potential. Ask yourself what truly makes you feel happy, motivated, and connected to your passion. Then start moving in that direction. The more connected you are to your bliss the more oblivious you’ll be with challenges. This helps you stay focused on the big picture instead of over sweating the small stuff.
  • Make a to do list: Having a to-do list gives you a sense of direction and helps you to know exactly what to accomplish for the day. A common mistake is trying to stuff too many projects in at a time , and ending up disappointed at failing to accomplish them all. The to do list helps you keep priorities in check, and stay focused on what matters most.

Slay the beast of procrastination

The Procrastination beast lurks in the lives of every single individual. It is the bane of time management, the number one cause of time wastage, and the ultimate killer of momentum.

Therefore, to be able to effectively control your time and make every second count, it is vital for you to slay the beast of procrastination! How? By doing some simple techniques’

  • Eat the frog: Simply start the day doing the activity you dread most. In self-help guru Brian Tracy’s words, “Eat That Frog!”
    The rationale behind this method is that once you get over and done with the most dreaded activity, you would be feeling such a sense of accomplishment and invincibility that nothing else can stop you.

“One of the very worst uses of time is to do something very well that need not to be done at all.”
― Brian Tracy, Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

Embrace exercise & healthy sleep patterns

Embrace exercises such as yoga or gentle stretching to help promote healthier sleep patterns. You don’t have to be an athlete to reap the benefits—as little as 15 to 20 minutes of daily activities will do wonders. And you don’t need to do all of it in one session. You can break it up into five minute or 10 minute increments, and still reap the benefits.

Taking a brisk walk, a bicycle ride, or even gardening can help excel overall productivity. When you feel good about yourself it makes you happier, more energetic, and  productive. Making  a habit to stay active helps promote a healthy body and better sleep patterns.

Have a healthy diet plan

Avoiding junk food with good healthy nutrition will maximize productivity enormously. It’s no exaggeration that the food we eat has a detrimental effect on our state of mind, well-being, and overall success. Having a healthy diet plan is not about being thin, or depriving yourself of your favorite foods. It’s about stabilizing your energy levels, and maximizing your body to sustain peak performance.

Living  healthy is a lifestyle. While this might be a formidable inconvenience, it beats living on medication, and eventually having a chronic disease. The habit of eating healthy eventually becomes second nature. This habit is vital to our daily productivity on every level, and will help synchronize our physical, mental, and spiritual, state of well-being.

Final thoughts

Last, but not least start putting these techniques into a plan of action. Without action nothing is going to improve in anyone’s life. Once you start putting these habits into motion they will  produce real results. Your daily productivity will skyrocket, and you will start shaving off hours of unproductive activities that cause distractions. You can finally start getting things done in the fastest and most effective manner!

The rationale behind these habits is that you will gain momentum, and become unstoppable. Your new life will have more vision, purpose, and motivation to put into motion an action plan that will maximize productivity, self-awareness, and overall success.

About the Author:

Hello I’m Archie Manley Site Author. Even though I run this site it’s not about me, it’s about us, and our journey toward a better life. You can read my personal story on the about page.

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