Maintaining a productive lifestyle can be extremely difficult. At times it’s a constant struggle to take even one more step forward. I’ve experienced burnout and mental breakdowns. Going through those things is awful, but if you can fight your way through it, you’ll come out a better person on the other side. A few methods I use to maintain an optimal level of productivity are time blocking, critical task management, and productivity assessments. Hopefully, these will help you become the most effective version of yourself!
I live and die by my calendar. I completely schedule my days out. This includes everything from workouts, classes, meetings, talking to family, hanging out with friends, etc. Every aspect of my day is my calendar. It’s also a tool I use to keep myself accountable. If it’s in the calendar, it must get done! Time blocking is critical to my success. I don’t multitask because it simply isn’t an effective way to be productive. Time blocking is all about being present on one task at a time and giving it your best effort. It’s faster and yields higher quality results than multitasking.
Critical TAsk Managment
Everyday, I set 3-5 critical tasks. Critical tasks are things that must get done and are imperative to me becoming more successful. A critical task list is not a to-do list. These are the things that are essential to making a day productive. In my mind, it doesn’t matter what happens in the day as long as I get these things done. My critical tasks usually include a base of reading and working out. These are tasks that I do on a daily basis. The three remaining tasks are typically reserved for important tasks that I don’t have to do on a daily basis. For me, these would be recording a podcast, making my daily Instagram stories, etc. These are important tasks that I do on a weekly basis. Like my calendar, if it’s on the critical task list, it must get done! I’ve been known to skip out on doing fun things because I have to complete my critical task list. At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself, “Am I obsessed and committed to my success?” If you answered anything other than yes, you’re in the wrong place.
I periodically ask myself the following questions: “Is what I’m doing getting me closer or further away from my goals?”, “Am I being busy or productive?”, “Is what I’m doing important or essential?”, etc. You have to be self-aware of what you’re doing. Life is full of choices. Where you go in life is dependant on your decisions. Jerry Rice said, “Today I will do what others won’t so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” Make that your motto and you will succeed. Temporary sacrifices can lead to future successes. I don’t always want to blog, read, workout, go to class, etc. but I know it will lead to success down the road. I refuse to let my future self down. I look up to my future self. That’s the one person I don’t want to let down because it’s his life that is in my hands. I will do everything it takes to make my future self a success.
If you execute these methods in the way that I’ve intended them to be, I can promise you that you’ll be more productive. If you alter these methods, there is no guarantee to what the result will be. Overall, you need to find the methods that work best with your lifestyle!