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How to be Realistically Productive in Life: A Curated Guide. Part#1

Updated: Feb 28

The good old increase your productivity lessons, aye? Not.


I have tried classifying different types of productivity tips based on behavioural or choosing patterns.


Identify your closest relation to and pick the steps accordingly. It could be mixture and you have all the freedom to customize!


This article is going to be in parts.

The first part is going to include people who believe in the spiritual aspect of becoming more productive. And the practical realists who would rather do more tangible work.


DISCLAIMER:

There is absolutely no alternative to the actual work-done.

No hard and fast rules.

No magic, except maybe the first tip (it does work beyond our comprehending capacities).

No discovery for a cure to laziness.

Consider yourselves warned.


SPIRITUAL:


Those who genuinely believe in the power of attraction and subconscious mind, these are a few tips that have helped me out immensely over a period of time now.




1. MAKE A LIST

2. FEED YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND

3. SCHEDULE ONLY IF NECESSARY

4. TICK THE ACCOMPLISHED TASKS

5. CELEBRATE

The feeding isn’t exactly about visualizing or creating the mental picture to invite good things in life.


It is more about treating your subconscious mind like a google calendar. Yes, that's right.


Now let me give you a clearer insight on how it works, based on what I’ve come to understand of it: Your mind can be a clock, a calendar, a reminder, a memory slot and just about anything.


You have to feed it with necessary information and data to process and achieve results. For instance, when you are to wake up, what all you're to achieve the next day etc, mentioned clearly.


Subconscious mind manages to accommodate tasks (like an amoeba does food) that might initially seem not-so-possible and somehow, they would all fit in peculiarly, one leading to the other. (Increased opportunities, different ways to achieve that one task, more time at hand are a few added benefits.)


How to understand your starved mind and train it better:

  • It works the best at night, before going to sleep.

  • Make a list of tasks to accomplish the next day. DO NOT go overboard, you're still human.

  • If you seem to write down more than what's possible to achieve without burning yourself out completely, then do an additional step: Eliminate.

  • Pick only the top priorities, let's say for example your top six tasks. So, keep in mind the deadlines and other factors before choosing.

  • I would suggest you not to get into intricate planning, more often than not it becomes the biggest demotivating factor. Unless you have to schedule for professional reasons, don't.

  • Keep the list aside to review the next morning before getting started to dive in.

  • I have most commonly used this technique to wake up on time. I would repeat to myself the time I would want to get up before dozing off. Belief is essential for this to work. It could take you time, especially if waking up is difficult for you. But, I would always wake up at around that time, more frequently, a few minutes before.

  • There are no snooze buttons in this strategy, hence if you get specific with timings, you would have to invariably follow.

  • This technique is the easiest in a way, because all you have to do is pick the first task off that list and then go with the flow.

  • At the end of the day, pat your back, big or small, achievements are achievements.

(The secret behind this technique is the psychology of I "could" instead of I "should". You view the objectives on the list as choices, and not having set time parameters you feel more at control)



THE PRACTICAL REALIST:


You might be sceptical about the aforementioned ideologies and would rather plan intricately and get down to business.




1. MAKE A LIST (plan more intricately)

2. DIVIDE IT INTO THREE COLUMNS

3. DISTRIBUTE THE TASKS IN THOSE COLUMNS

4. ANALYZE



Let's break the above steps down for better clarity.


  • List down (either the night before, or the next, early-morning)

  • Make three columns, specifically for morning, afternoon or evening, evening or night. Whichever works for you.

  • Divide your tasks into those columns, let's say 3 to four in one, it is important to not pile up. Be practical with your list.

  • You could go ahead and plan a little more intricately, roughly assigned time slots. But don’t go in too deep either; it usually stems the disappointment later on. You don’t want that.

  • Now go through your list, one by one, striking out the completed ones. Do schedule a ten-minute break in between each task completion and longer breaks between each part of the divided column.

· A PRO TIP:

Identify which part of the day you were the most productive and sort important tasks for then or the maximum number for then.


ADD ON: A mixture of either types:

  • Try inculcating the feeding habit.

  • Don’t plan intricately either.

  • Pick tips from above on the basis of your mood

  • You’re just a few choices away!


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Here are two other articles that are comprehensive and have some very helpful tips and strategies:

Laura McClellan's "Top 10 Productivity Tips to Achieve more Create Peace of Mind"

Jeff Bullas' "5 Lesser-Known Productivity Tips That Can Change Your Life Forever"

Please practise the techniques consistently for the best possible results.

The next two parts to this article would be out soon, it would be for the procrastinators, the mood-dependants (some special mentions as well) + BONUS.

STAY TUNED!

I love getting started early in the mornings much to my parent's delight and friends' dismay. Which part of the day is your favorite?


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