Life coaching can be a critical part of your success and especially when you try to be more productive.
We all know someone who sails effortlessly through life, maintaining a professional career, a large family, social engagements and yet still has time to study for a higher qualification. But have you ever asked yourself how they do it?
The answer is simple! The more you do, the more you can do! They say if you want something done, ask a busy person. So how do you become a busy and productive person?
This video gives you 5 simple tips that you can follow:
Here are some more tips on how to be more productive:
- Routine routine routine. Prioritise what you have to do, create a routine and stick to it. Create a check list to motivate yourself throughout the day. When you have an organised list of activities the amount of time you spend procrastinating will be cut in half. Stick to the time limits you have given yourself to train yourself to get things done faster.
- Get a mentor/coach. A mentor’s expectation can actually motivate you to be more productive and get results. This is why I believe so much in personal coaching and life coaching.
- Push your limits every day in achievable ways. Do you feel like you can’t fit anymore into your schedule? Do ten squats in ten seconds! Write four posts on Facebook! No matter how busy you are, you CAN become more productive in simple ways without much effort. Having a life coach or a mentor can help you achieve this. They will push your limits higher.
- Work with your body’s rhythms. If you are a morning person but feel sleepy after lunch, schedule in the most difficult taxing activities in the morning. In the afternoon, schedule in activities that you can do easily and that will give you a feeling of satisfaction to complete. This way your most productive time is spent effectively, and your less productive e time is productive too!
- Schedule in things you enjoy throughout the day and take regular breaks. Cleaning the toilet is a lot more fun when you can think about the cup of tea you will have when you finish. Use treats to motivate yourself to work harder. Challenge yourself by giving yourself bigger treats the more you do!
- See the bigger picture and organize! Take an hour to reflect on what you have to do in the following week, and look at the bigger picture. What information do you need to collate to do that report? How many steps will you take to complete a project, and in what order? When you see the bigger picture, you use your time effectively, and save time looking for things, chasing information and working in a haphazard fashion. You will save time and become more productive. Keep a list of short term and long term jobs and the steps needed to complete them, and review them regularly.
- Give all the activities you do a “weight” and eliminate the lower weight activities. Which activities are “must do”, which are “should do” and which are “enjoy doing”? Do you waste time on repetitive or unnecessary actions every day? Could you spend the four hours of TV watching exercising, studying or checking emails? Could you batch cook your food and freeze it, instead of spending an hour cooking a day? Would meditation actually relax you more than television?
- Set easily achievable tasks to begin with, so that you know you will succeed. If your goal is to be an athlete but you are 300 pounds, then start with walking for five extra minutes a day. Once you have succeeded at this, set yourself the goal of 10 minutes a day and cut out chocolate. When you see yourself as someone who can achieve their goals, and stick to their routines, you will try more and harder and more often. Success breeds success!
- Multitask! When you leave the room, take some folded clothes with you. When you wash up, do squats as you go! When you commute to work, check your emails, arrange your diary and focus on the day ahead. When you are finishing one phone call, be preparing the next.
- Fake it until you make it!Ask yourself what qualities you most admire in other people, and then use these qualities yourself. If you are not naturally productive,confident, powerful or motivational to begin with, don’t worry. To begin with give yourself half an hour a day of “acting productive/confident/powerful/motivational. Try this in an environment that isn’t challenging such as at home with your family. Then tell yourself you will try this for half an hour a day at work. This could be on the phone to begin with. Gradually increase the amount of time you spend behaving in this way, until it becomes a part of you. This technique genuinely does work, and the gradual personality change isn’t threatening for those around you. You would be amazed to know that some of the apparently most confident people you know are not confident at all, and have been faking it for years!
- Bite sized chunks! Cleaning the whole kitchen takes an hour, but washing the surfaces takes five minutes, and you can probably fit four or five bite sized chunks into your day. If a task seems too big and too daunting, break it into smaller parts and start immediately!
- Just one more thing…. Make this your mantra, and add just one more onto your day! I’ll just make one more call, do one more push up, clean one more thing. It will probably only take seconds and it will increase your productivity!
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