A productive day isn’t just about getting a lot done, it’s about getting the important stuff done—and it doesn’t happen by accident. You need to have an effective plan in place for annihilating that to-do list and finding greater satisfaction in life as a result. Here are some tips and tricks to help you do just that:
Sometimes we’re not productive because we don’t know where to start. Take five minutes the night before or first thing in the morning to prioritize your day and make a clear plan of action. While planning, try diffusing an inspiring blend like Highest Potential™ and make sure to ask yourself: “Will this task get me closer to what I want to achieve?”
Set yourself up for success each day by creating and sticking to a good morning routine. Rise early and eat a healthy breakfast, exercise, or tackle a nagging task. This productive jump-start will set the tone for the rest of your day. Need a little extra help getting out of bed? Try diffusing a bright, sunny scent like Citrus Fresh™ to help make early mornings more pleasant. Check out the YL Blog Recipe tab or Healthy & Fit tab for more ideas to better your morning routine.
If you could get only one task completed today, what would it be? Make that task your No. 1 priority. Time and energy are limited resources, so don’t procrastinate! You don’t want to run out of steam before getting to the things that really matter. Diffuse Brain Power™ essential oil blend to help promote a sense of clarity and focus when you need it most.
Take it one at a time
Multitasking is actually less productive than you might think. Research shows that the brain can only successfully focus on one thing at a time. Give each task your full and undivided attention to get it done as efficiently as possible. Then move on to the next item on your list and do the same.
Make sure to have a plan for dealing with distractions as they come along. For example, take a quick inhale of Surrender™ essential oil blend to help cast off inhibitions that may be limiting your potential. You can also keep an idea book close by to record distracting thoughts and ideas so you can come back to them at the right time.
Focusing on one thing for too long can actually cause you to get less done. Take short, designated breaks to keep your mind fresh and on task. Pushups, meditation, yoga, and even the fresh, rejuvenating aroma of essential oils like En-R-Gee™ or Jade Lemon™ can all help you do a quick reset. Just make sure to set a strict time frame for your break or that brief meditation session could easily turn into a three-hour nap.
Even the best planned days can get turned upside down when life throws a curve ball. Having your list of tasks close by is a great way to readjust and reprioritize when things don’t go as planned. Diffuse a calming oil like Lavender and remember that as long as you’re making the best use of the time that you have available, you are having a productive day. Consult your task list whenever you have free time and select the most appropriate task to complete.
Make sure to also include time to rest and recharge in that busy schedule. Apply Stress Away™ to your wrists and reflect on your day—the parts that worked well and the parts that didn’t. Readjust to continue moving toward being as productive as possible. Not only will this help you get more done, but it’s also a great chance to let your mind unwind and decompress. Take the time to celebrate all you’ve accomplished and reward yourself for the hard work you’ve put in!
Bonus tips for those attending the convention this week!
Looking for ways to optimize your productivity at the convention? Here are some additional tips and tricks for getting the most out of your convention experience:
- Plan your convention pregame: Prepare yourself ahead of time by writing down your convention goals and familiarizing yourself with the convention agenda and conference space. Be sure to connect with team members and peers ahead of time to let them know you’ll be attending and set up a place to meet. To further streamline your experience, download the Young Living Events app for a digital convention guide!
- Prioritize: With so many amazing things to learn, see, and experience at the convention, it can be helpful to come up with a schedule to prioritize the things that are most important and relevant to your end goal. If you’re attending with other team members, try splitting up sessions to maximize what you learn. Then plan a get-together to share unique insights and key takeaways.
- Follow the YL podcast, blog, and social media: Make sure to check out our daily convention recaps on Young Living’s Drop of Inspiration podcast this week and follow our blog and social media to stay informed about important updates and exciting happenings during the convention.
- Pay it forward: Don’t let all that amazing information go to waste! Set up a time to share the insights you’ve gained with your team. Proactively sharing with your team members will not only help them be more successful, but it will also help establish you as a leader.
What are your tried-and-true tips for being productive? Tell us in the comments below!
What is your favorite app for making lists & checking them off as you go?
I use a Google Keep which has synchronised with my computer. It is simple and works fast. In this way I can remove the things which I did. It increases my motivation.
I plan the hardest tasks first. It makes the rest of the day go faster and I feel like I am in charge.
I agree with Danielle, but I also add what I was not able to get done (within reason), to the list for the following day. It pushes me a little to complete the list. I challenge myself, and pat myself on the back when everything on the list has been accomplished.
my highest productivity follows a few–or more–quiet minutes to hear whatever needs to bubble up as most important. Paying attention to those gnawing messages enables me to address what matters most!
Making a list and checking it off as I go! Nothing more gratifying than being able to finally knock something off the to do list !