Published on September 15th, 2020
They say that having a dream is a starting point and when you assign a date by which these dreams should be realized you will already have a goal.
Your next step is to break down these goals into milestones and once you have milestones you already have a plan.
Now, all that’s left for you to do is show some day-to-day dedication in realizing this plan. This, nonetheless, is easier said than done.
What you need to do is figure out a way how to get the most out of your day and use every second of it to pursue things that really matter to you. Here are seven amazing tips to help you out.
1. Get Up Earlier In The Morning
Regardless of how much waking hours you have during the day, humans are diurnal and not nocturnal creatures. This means that they’re hardwired to be the most productive during the daytime.
So, ideally, we would get up at about 5 a.m. (with the sunrise) just like our ancestors. This way, your day will last longer and you will get the impression that you’re able to do more throughout the day.
Keep in mind that the first two hours of your day are believed to be the most productive, which is why you should fully dedicate yourself to using them properly.
The biggest problem with getting up so early lies in the fact that a lot of people can’t make themselves do so. Here’s a little trick to help you out. First, you need to make yourself get up at 5 a.m. by any means necessary.
Studies show that if you don’t get up in the first five seconds after you hear the alarm, you will find it harder and harder to do so.
So, train yourself to react to the first impulse. Second, after you get up at 5 a.m. the first time, don’t try to make yourself go to bed early for the next day and skip the afternoon nap.
After 2-3 days of such a regimen, you will naturally fall asleep at the appropriate time and get up at 5 a.m. without much trouble.
2. Develop A Routine
During his address to cadets at the military school, admiral Mc. Raven stated that you need to start your day by making your bed in order to change your life. Why? Well, because it triggers psychological effects that make you more productive.
First of all, you’re starting out your day by doing something useful instead of checking social networks as soon as you open your eyes.
Second, you’re creating a positive ripple effect that will follow you through the day. Even if everything else goes wrong throughout the day, you get to return to your bedroom in the evening and encounter a made bed.
This way, you always get to see a positive result of at least one of your actions throughout the day.
An efficient morning routine is pivotal for your productivity throughout the day, seeing as how it will get you geared up for the rest of the day. A lot of people introduce the habit of drinking an early coffee as a part of their ritual.
Optimizing your kitchen to give you a head start in maintaining this routine is definitely something worth keeping in mind. For instance, by having a quality coffee machine, you can brew it quicker and without any effort.
You also get to enjoy a higher quality of coffee, which is also a nice touch that can set your mood for the day.
3. Get To Work Earlier
Previously, we’ve discussed the importance of getting more hours in your day and achieving this by getting up earlier in the morning.
So, how do you best use these extra hours? One of the methods that you can explore is the idea of getting to work half an hour earlier.
Think about it, if you make a great schedule, these half hours won’t make that much of a difference in your daily routine.
The advantages, however, are too numerous to be safely ignored. First of all, you get to set up your workstation so that everything is in the right place.
So, if you start work at, let’s say 8 a.m. as soon as the clock strikes 8:01 you can jumpstart with your daily duties and reach the peak of your productivity a lot sooner.
You eliminate distractions and have the privilege of dedicating exclusively to the most important tasks in the office. Other than this, getting to work earlier allows you to avoid rush hour.
The office will probably be empty (or almost empty), which means that you can perform all of these tasks in absolute peace. Not to mention that this will definitely earn you some extra favors with the management.
4. Try To Lead A More Active Lifestyle
Leading a more active lifestyle might seem like a matter of personal preference but for those who plan to get the most out of their day, it’s a must-do.
First of all, regular exercise will make you feel better and help you develop a habit of working on your own wellbeing. Second, it boosts your energy levels and even benefits your cognitive capacities.
A chess legend Garry Kasparov used to run every single day. Why? Because, in his own words, the first time he felt back pain during the match, he lost to a far inferior opponent.
Physical pain and lack of fitness can lead to mental distractions and make it impossible for you to focus on the task at hand.
Apart from this, regular exercise can give you a regular serotonin fix. In the past, our ancestors only ran and engaged in various forms of physical activity, when they were in physical danger.
This is why, when you run, your organism may interpret this as a flight for your life and initiate releasing hormones that are meant to boost your performance.
Once you’re done with your exercise (the path is clear) you might feel happy for no reason. This is because you’ve tricked your organism into believing that it has just survived a close encounter with a dangerous predator.
5. Schedule Your Meals
The next thing worth taking into consideration is your own meal schedule. By eating early in the morning, and then scheduling 2-6 meals throughout the day, you will get your organism accustomed to a certain lifestyle.
In other words, you will create an eating regimen that is predictable for your own metabolism, which will allow your body to work at its optimal capacity.
Everything that you eat will be processed a lot sooner and it will not weigh you down. Also, you will use the most out of all your nutrients.
Scheduling your meals also helps you plan the rest of your day, as well. If you plan to eat your breakfast at 7 a.m. and your lunch at 2 p.m. you need to be fully aware of where you will be in these moments.
Sure, the breakfast you may be able to have at home but you probably won’t make it for lunch.
So, do you pre-cook and pack your meals or do you have a nearby cantina or restaurant that you can visit on a lunch break? Those who are also embarking on a journey towards full-body transformation may want to pay even closer attention to this aspect.
6. Improve Your Quality Of Sleep
The quality of sleep is incredibly important for everyone. Why? Well, because it affects your alertness at work, your mood throughout the day and overall impacts your effectiveness at whatever you do.
People suffering from sleep deprivation are less productive at work, weaker during their exercise and moody when interacting with others.
Not to mention that, over the course of time, sleep deprivation may have some horrendous impacts on both your mind and body.
So, in order not to allow this to happen, you need to learn how to improve your quality of sleep. Following the regimen described in the first section is just a starting point.
Next, you need to get yourself a quality mattress and this is a concept that has a different meaning for everyone.
Test out some mattresses and pick the one that you find to be the most comfortable. Avoid electronics for the last hour before going to bed and try your best not to drink anything at least two hours before going to sleep.
If you’re a coffee drinker, it would be smart to avoid drinking anything containing caffeine after 3 p.m. Going to sleep and getting up at the approximately same time every day is also incredibly important.
7. Find Some “Me Time”
For a person concerned with productivity, the idea of having some me-time might sound like something quite counter-intuitive.
After all, you’re trying to get a lot of things done in the shortest time-span so how does it make sense to spend 1-2 hours every day playing video games?
Well, you need to remember that you’re a human being and not a robot and that if you avoid doing things that make you happy, you will soon lose sight of why you’re trying so hard, to begin with.
If you’re a family person, providing for your loved ones is the top priority, however, the money that you put on the table is not an adequate replacement for your own presence.
Everything can be good in moderation, especially if it lets you blow off some steam. So, spend some time with your family, hang out with your neighbors or make a ritual of watching an episode of a sitcom every night with your partner.
These little things are what will get you through the day. When going gets tough, you can just doze off and think about playing your favorite video game later than night. Venting is incredibly important and it will allow you to keep perspective.
The best thing about this list is the fact that once you tweak these habits you will do more than just change your daily routine – you will actively change your lifestyle.
Regardless of what you do or try to do, you will simply become more effective in it. Why? Well, because you will be better rested, more focused and more motivated to deal with these problems. In other words, this kind of lifestyle is not just different – it’s clearly superior.