We all have so many things to do in a day, and being productive is now a must. The key to this? Having good habits that will keep you on top of your game, focus on what’s important, and most importantly, stay mentally healthy. Whether you’re a total productivity pro or you’re trying to find your rhythm, we could all use a few tips. Here are some habits of productive women that I have learned along the way.
1. Wake up early
Now, I know we all love our sleep, but this one is crucial. Productive people know that mornings are the best time to get things done, before the rest of the world wakes up. There is a surprising amount of things that can be done if you wake up just 30 minutes earlier. You can make a healthy breakfast, read a chapter of a book, write down your to do list, or even get a quick workout in.
Fun fact: I was super productive when I had jet lag in the UK because I woke up at 5am...
2. Take sleep seriously
Waking up early will only work when you are well rested. The safest thing to do is to get a solid 8 hours of sleep, but if you really want to up the game, check out how much sleep you should get depending on how old you are, or this app that wakes you up gently according to your sleep cycle.
3. Enjoy me-time
You’re a total #boss, and you deserve time to yourself to relax and unwind. There’s nothing worse than powering through and crashing, so try to take time out each day for yourself. It can be anything, from reading a book to taking a nice long bath, or going for a walk. For best results, switch off your phone and just enjoy the moment.
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4. Focus on self-improvement
Learning never stops. There’s a lot that you can do, from reading blogs to enrolling in online courses, or even learning a new language. The most productive people know that the world is changing and that they need to learn to adapt to stay on top.
5. Spend time with others
Human beings need connection. For extroverts, this comes easily, but whether you are outgoing or a homebody, it’s really important to make a conscious effort to reach out to people. Give your sister a call, catch up with that old college friend, and absolutely spent quality time with family at home.
6. Take time to reflect
There are so many times while we are chasing productivity that we feel that we haven’t enough, and if you take the time to reflect, you’ll be surprised at how much you have accomplished. Productive people also use reflection time to evaluate their actions and see if they need to change their approach.
The best way to do this is to keep a journal. I’ve kept one ever since I was little - I just found one from when I was 9-years-old! My handwriting was surprisingly nice - and love not only journaling at the end of the day, but also looking back at old entries. You’ll be surprised at what you find, and the lessons you’ll learn in hindsight. I kept a journal throughout university and was amazed at how many things I did during my time in Cambridge, though I wish I had taken the time to write more!
7. Set daily goals
I can’t emphasise this enough, because I know how easy it is to whittle the day away, especially when you focus on the small things. Decide what you want to accomplish the night before or in the morning, and you’ll soon find that you’re more productive than ever. Better yet, set weekly goals each weekend.
8. Create a plan
Setting a goal is one thing, but what will really kick you into gear is creating a plan. It’s so important to know what steps you have to take.
9. Follow a routine
One of the secrets to productivity is routine. There’s a reason why people like Mark Zuckerberg wear basically the same clothes each day, and it’s that routine prevents decision fatigue and gives you space to be creative in other areas of your life.
10. Be grateful
In the middle of all your busyness, don’t forget to set aside time to take stock of what you are grateful for and write it down.
11. Eat a healthy breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Remember, you haven’t eaten in at least 8 hours! Done right, breakfast will give you energy to power through the day, so don’t skimp on this. Everyone has their own favourite power foods - mine is soft-boiled eggs - but the ultimate go-to is something with lots of protein (like eggs, yay!), and fruits are an all-time favourite. Don’t forget to pair this with plenty of water.
12. Eat frogs
First I say to eat a good breakfast, and now I’m asking you to eat frogs, hmm… But seriously, ‘eating a frog’ means getting difficult tasks out of the way first thing in the morning. I know how draining it can be to keep putting off an annoying or hard task, but attacking them before you do anything else has some serious benefits. Completing them will give you a sense of accomplishment that’s perfect to carry you through a productive day, and will also mean that you don’t have something having over your head all day. So go ahead, eat a frog each morning!
Fun fact: I’ve eaten actual frogs...
Do you have habits you love or that make you more productive? Share in the comments, or let me know on Instagram!