21 ways to be more productive…

Let’s face it! We are busy!
All the time. No matter what your life is all about…I bet you are busy.
It’s always one thing or another.
My life is no different.
That’s why I’m always looking for ways to be more productive.
I found these 21 ways to be more productive on Inc.com:
1. Turn off alerts – it’s hard to get anything done when your phone is constantly buzzing every few minutes. It’s essential you shut off those notifications. Trust me! You will see your productivity take off when you tell your phone to shut its blabbering mouth.
2. Ignore the news – the idea that we need to keep up to date on the news is highly outdated. Most of it is prettily packaged garbage anyway. If something major happens, you will find out about it one way or another. Instead focus your attention on what directly affects your life.
3. Exercise in the morning – it will energize you and improve your mood for up to 12 hours. Less stress and more efficiency is definitely worth setting that alarm 30 minutes earlier.
4. Drink water – drinking more water gives you more energy, keeps you healthy and gives you an excuse to get up out of that chair for bathroom breaks.
5. Give yourself a break – for every 25 minutes you work, take a 5 minute break.
6. Don’t be afraid to say no – when you are too eager to please, you often end up getting in over your head. Sometimes you just have to say no and that’s ok.
7. Hug your pet – studies show that having a pet can promote physical and mental well being. There’s nothing like a cuddle with a furry friend to alleviate some toxic stress.
8. Make the most of lost hours – if you commute to work, use that time to make phone calls. If you spend a lot of time in an airport and on a plane, use that time to catch up on emails, podcasts and work related articles.
9. Silence your inner perfectionist – do the best you can do in a reasonable amount of time, and then stop. Your inner perfectionist can be helpful, but it also needs to be kept in check.
10. Down with to-do list, in with scheduling – scheduling requires you to be realistic about what you can get done. It makes you seriously consider your available time and what specific slots you can designate to completing certain tasks in a given day.
11. Declutter your desk – a messy desk can make you feel overwhelmed and anxious, so clear those papers, throw away those paper coffee cups, and feel your stress level go down.
12. Begin with Brussel Sprouts – The truth is…you will enjoy the pork chops and potatoes much more if you eat the Brussel Sprouts first. The same is true for productivity…do your least favorite task first and you will find the rest of your day to be much more pleasant and productive.
13. Eat breakfast – a morning meal will give you the fuel to be present and productive, so don’t skip it.
14. The two-minute rule – if a task takes less than two minutes to complete, you should do it immediately.
15. Don’t drown in the shallow end of the pool – when a hundred little tasks are eating away at your brain, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Remember to not sweat the little stuff. If you must worry, worry about the big things.
16. Verbal commitments – words have weight and power…make vows to friends (and ask them to hold you accountable), and you may find it easier to keep commitments you wouldn’t necessarily hold yourself to.
17. Get your sleep on – you absolutely need sleep. Your brain needs rest to function properly. Seven to eight hours is best.
18. Sign in on Sunday – Sunday should be for relaxing but if Monday is always overwhelming, log in briefly just to see what your Monday game plan is going to be.
19. Make bad habits difficult for yourself – the best way to break a bad habit is to make it difficult for you. If you watch TV too much, keep the remote control in the upstairs closet. If you surf the web too much, disconnect the WI-FI for a little bit. That may seem excessive but it will help to break the habit.
20. Make sure your goals are realistic – don’t be afraid to start with baby steps and then work up from there. Your goals should be real and attainable.
21.  Stay positive – a positive outlook goes a long way toward keeping you happy, healthy and productive. Count your blessings and seek out the silver linings.
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