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    The following post is from Prerna of The Mom Writes:

    source: Jim ParkerWhat better way to start the New Year than by boosting productivity

    and getting more done right at the start?

    Here are 40 of the best tips and ways to get more productive and be more peaceful while

    meeting goals, realizing resolutions and just getting things done on time. Click on each

    title for related resources to help you put the principle into practice!

    1. List Your Goals

    Writing down what youre striving for and want to accomplish, either at work or at

    home, tends to make them more concrete. Spend some time to break down and list your

    goals along with the action steps that youll take to make them a reality.2. Do What You Enjoy

    Engaging in activities that youre passionate about, enjoy thoroughly or are revitalized

    by is a sure way of staying productive. If you stay positive and do what you enjoy often

    enough, youll have fun dealing with the tough stuff as well.

    3. Do Whats Tough or Difficult

    Dealing with the big rocks or challenges can seem overwhelming but once theyre out

    of the way, it does feel liberating and empowering. So, get down to it and get the tough

    stuff out of the way.

    4. Do the Little Things

    Sometimes, knocking the smaller items off will help you get motivated and move onto

    the bigger rocks. Tackle the dresser drawer first and then, youll be inspired to declutterthe closet as well.

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    5. Focus, Focus, Focus

    Paying attention to and spending time on tasks that have a great deal of importance or

    impact on your life is essential to being productive. Filling your life up with tasks with

    little or no significance is not only a time-waster but also an energy-sapper. So, sit down

    today and focus on goals that matter that make a difference.

    6. Batch Tasks TogetherClosely related to focusing on a task is getting a bunch of similar tasks done at the same

    time. Instead, of spending small bits of time everyday doing the same things, just put

    them all together and get them done in one go.

    7. Single-Task

    Ive been a multitasker all my life. It was only recently that I discovered how wonderful

    single-tasking can be. Focusing on doing one thing at a time can help you finish doing it

    quickly and easily.

    8. Make Multitasking Work

    While doing one thing at a time can be highly productive, there are many ways in which

    you can make multitasking work for you. For instance, planning out your lunch menu or

    returning a phone call or two while you wait for your coffee to brew.9. Have a Morning Routine

    Since I wake up really early, I find it useful to have a routine that gets me started. A

    morning routine, as simple as it may be, will help you create a structure to set your

    entire day in rhythm. A session of yoga, exercise or meditation, a shower and breakfast

    will help you get your body, mind and soul ready to face the day.

    10. Have an Evening Routine

    Getting the house in order or simply writing down your to-do list the night before can

    help you get a head start on the day. For me, my evening routine is a simple way to

    ensure that my morning routine is happy and peaceful.

    11. Wake Up Early

    Waking up early is a great way to be more productive. Your house is quiet, you have

    time to think, create, plan and do. Whether it is starting to exercise, write a book or just

    find more time yourself, youll find youre able to do it easily when you wake up early.

    12. Get Enough Sleep

    Sleeping less, however, will not make you productive. In fact, it may just make you

    crabby and exhausted. So, try to sneak in more sleep and youll find that youre less

    stressed and more energetic.

    13. Prioritize

    Knowing your priorities will help you create a to-do list that is doable and focused on

    the important stuff. Spending a few minutes listing whats urgent, important or both will

    create a clearer picture of what needs to be done and when to do it.14. Visualize

    Visualize and imagine reaching your goal, and youll find that it is easier to get there.

    Wanting to lose weight? Put up a picture of yourself at your ideal weight or of someone

    who is your ideal weight. Youll find it easier to say no to an extra helping of dessert.

    15. Manage Your Time

    A key to being productive is time management. We only have so much time in the day,

    and how we use it is critical to how much we achieve. Using a few basic time

    management skills can help you do a lot more in a lot less time.

    source: Sira Hanchana16. Identify Time Wasters

    Were all guilty of frittering away time, and while it is all right every now and then, youneed to know what your big time wasters are. Wasting time leaves you feeling

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    exhausted and stressed rather than refreshed and relaxed. So, identify what are your

    time wasters and then, cut them out.

    17. Find More Time

    Whether it is cutting out time wasters, using time management systems or tracking your

    time, there are several ways to find more time in the day. Youll be surprised at how

    much time you free up when you stop checking your email ten times a day. Dont askme how I know!

    18. Track Your Time

    Knowing where your time goes will help you cut out the time wasters, track lost bits of

    time and, generally, increase productivity. Keep track of your time for a few days to

    identify patterns and become more aware of where your time really goes.

    19. Manage Email and Other Time Suckers

    Youd be surprised at how much time you probably waste checking your email every 15

    minutes or blog-hopping when you should really be writing or working. Schedule

    emails and networking for two set periods in the day and refuse to get sucked into them

    anytime else.

    20. Use Short Bursts of TimeUsing empty bits of time is a great way to stay productive. Youll be amazed at the

    amount of work that you can do in just 10 minutes or less. Waiting at the doctors?

    Catch up on reading or phone calls or make your to-do list.

    21. Manage Time Online

    Simplifying your time online is an easy and effective way to find more time. Youll

    spend less time whiling away precious minutes and more time doing things that matter.

    Whether it is cutting back on the number of blogs you read or the times you update your

    Facebook status, managing your online time will help you do more in the offline world

    as well.

    22. Find Your Most Productive Time. Then, Use It

    I work best in the early morning hours. Theres something about the peace and quiet

    that motivates me to just focus and get things done. Are you a morning person? Or

    someone who works well late into the night? Identify your most productive time and

    then, use it to get the tough stuff done.

    23. Brainstorm

    Coming up with different ways to approach a problem or a task, thinking out-of-the-

    box and discussing strategies with others will help you brainstorm and find ideas

    where none existed before.

    24. Set Limits

    While maximizing your productivity is a great thing, pushing it too far and filling your

    plate up with projects and activities isnt too great an idea. Set reasonable, realisticlimits on work or personal projects and youll be both productive and peaceful.

    25. Say No

    Saying No is an important part of managing your time and boosting your

    productivity. There is only one of you and there is only so much you can do in a day.

    Saying No will help you free up time for more important activities, tackle your top

    priorities and give you time for yourself. It may take some practice and getting used to

    but once you learn to turn down requests on your time, youll find it leaves you feeling

    happier and less pressured.

    26. Say Yes

    Find more time for yourself, do what you enjoy the most, spend time on your dreams

    and priorities. These are the things that you should be saying yes to. Saying yes

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    should come easily when something will make a difference to the quality of your life,

    health and mental well-being.

    27. Take a Break

    Sometimes, you need to step back, take a breather and reassess your strategy in order to

    move forward. Taking a break does not mean giving up. It means you need to refresh

    and relax before you jump back in. A break can help improve your focus, keep youfresh and give you a new way of looking at your plans and goals.

    28. Break Things Down

    Breaking big-ticket goals into smaller bites will help to make achieving them easier.

    Manageable steps or goals are a great way to get more done in less time.

    29. Stay Simple with Schedules

    A schedule is an essential productivity tool and can help you maximize what you

    achieve in an hour or a day. A schedule lets you see what you need to get done, how

    much time do you have and basically, give some sort of structure to your day.

    source: Irargerich30. Stay Disciplined

    Discipline is key to time management. So, if that means making a schedule everyday ortackling a certain chore, do it. Ignoring it will not make life easier. Discipline may seem

    boring but it can certainly help you do more with your time.

    31. Manage Stress

    Sometimes we get so caught up in doing things for others, that we forget all about our

    own selves. This leads to feeling overworked, tired and stressed. Manage stress by

    finding time for yourself, indulging in a hobby or simply relaxing. When your self is

    rested and stress-free, youll be able to work better and faster.

    32. Declutter Your Workspace

    A clean workspace is an excellent productivity tool. A desk free of everything else

    except your laptop and a notebook will help you think clearly, not be distracted and

    avoid getting overwhelmed by clutter and disarray. Spend a few minutes at the end of

    the day to clear up your desk so that you come to a clean and clutter-free working area

    every morning.

    33. Declutter Your Mind

    A regular decluttering of the mind or a brain dump is an easy way to stay productive

    and sane. A brain dump helps you clear your head, getting things down on paper or

    whiteboard and basically, makes it easier to focus and prioritize.

    34. Declutter Your Life

    Were all guilty of piling on too much onto our plates every now and then. All it results

    in is us feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and stressed. Take some time now to remove

    the stuff that has been crowding your life without adding value to it. Decluttering yourlife of emotional, physical and mental clutter will help you achieve more in areas that

    do matter to you and your family.

    35. Create a Productivity Wall or Board

    A productivity wall or even a whiteboard with inspiring quotes and sayings or useful

    productivity tips (such as these!) is a great way to boost motivation and morale. You

    can use your board to inspire, encourage and help you visualize your goals.

    36. Motivate Yourself

    Staying motivated is key to achieving success. However, even the most motivated soul

    goes through periods of feeling dejected, doubtful and disheartened. Knowing how to

    perk yourself up, regaining enthusiasm and jumping back in will ensure that you meet

    goals, stay productive and encouraged to move ahead.37. Dump Procrastination

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    Putting things off for later doesnt make them go away. All it does is increase your

    stress levels, make you miss deadlines and create a sense of panic. So, stop

    procrastinating and deal with things as soon as they come up. Tackle or trash, you have

    to take a call to stay productive and peaceful.

    38. Practice Productive Procrastination

    While putting things off for later is not a good idea, putting things off while you doother less important stuff isnt such a bad idea. Productive procrastination consists of

    getting lower priority tasks done while you take a break from the more heavy-duty

    items. Itll not only help you get things done but also prevent you from feeling

    exhausted and burnt out by the end of the day.

    39. Use a Planner or Notebook

    A planner or a notebook is a simple yet practical productivity tool to help you note to-

    dos, record ideas, jot down reminders, make journal entries and basically keep you on

    track with your life. As with all productivity tools, choose a planner or notebook that

    works best with your needs and requirements.

    40. Use a To-Do List That Works for You

    Youre unique and so is your to-do list. Find a system that works best for you and yourfamily and create your to-do list accordingly. Being reasonable, realistic and relaxed are

    the 3 Rs that I use when creating a simple yet productive to-do list.

    So, whats your best productivity tip? What helps you do more in less time?

    Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in being postively

    productive, parenting with love and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up

    and relax. Find her sharing her journey and experiences with productivity and parenting

    at The Mom Writes.

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