Let’s start with something very relatable. Have you ever tried saving with a little piggy bank, putting a little change in there from time to time without much thought? Can you remember how much you recovered, say, you opened it after a year? That’s the power of consistency. It is really not so much the large strides but much more in the little things that you consistently do. And this rings true for practically everything, including staying organized and achieving productivity every day.
Many times, the reason we don’t end up achieving our goals or get overwhelmed with the amount of work we need to do is that we have not been able to master consistency. If you can get some of the little things out of the way, it’d amaze you how much you’d be able to accomplish within 24 hours.
Now, we know many people would rather organization than chaos but sometimes, you just don’t know where to start. Well, calm your nerves, that’s why we are here. We are going to show you how to achieve productivity by highlighting some daily routines to keep you organized and productive. Some of them might be mundane while others, not so much. But if you keep to them, you will see that before long, your life will be more organized.
Without further ado, let’s get to it.
Daily Routines to Keep You Organized and Productive
- Clean Your Space
This might seem like the silliest thing to make the list but follow along. Trust us when we say there is so much to be said about getting your space ready for the day. It keeps you in the best mood to get the workday rolling. And it really doesn’t matter whether you are working from home or not, make sure to put your house together before leaving it.
Now, you don’t need to do heavy cleaning; leave that for the sanitation day. But light cleaning that makes your place look presentable is in order. Start by making your bed. You may not know this but making your bed when you wake up in the morning is the start of taking responsibility for your life. By doing this, you are already taking charge of your day. You should also wash the dishes from the day before if you didn’t do them the night before. And clean the visible areas that need to be cleaned.
Doing all these little things will make every other thing that comes afterwards easier and better because you started organizing your day by taking the little things out of the way. Now, you are in the right headspace and you are not distracted from the main duties of the day.
- Create a To-Do List
Make a note of your daily tasks. You can either use a sticky note or just a notepad to highlight what you need to achieve. And be specific. For example, if you want to go to the grocery store, note it down including the time you want to do that and the things you want to buy. Don’t just note down your intention to go to the grocery store; write the time you plan to go and an estimated time you would likely spend there. Also, remember to put down your tasks in order of importance and check each completed task. While you can do this in the morning, it might be more effective to do it the night before.
- Layout Your Wear for the Next Day
There are so many things you’d avoid by picking out your cloth a day before. You’d avoid spending time in the morning looking for what to wear and probably ironing if it’s wrinkled. And you’d avoid wearing the wrong clothes because you were in a haste. While this might not seem as much, you shouldn’t underestimate the confidence wearing the right thing can give you. And how much that can impact your work. Spending the day being uncomfortable with what you are wearing is definitely not how you want to spend your day.
- Prioritize Appropriately
We already mentioned this when we were talking about having a to-do list. But it is one thing to have a list and another to follow it. Make sure that your list is strictly written from the most important to the least important. And ensure that you follow your list religiously if want to stick to your goal. Failure to prioritize properly could lead to a stressful and overwhelming day.
- Declutter Your Workspace
Clear your work desk and put away files that are not useful. Remove unnecessary materials clogging your workspace. It’s far easier to work in a tidy workspace. It helps you get rid of distractions. Plus, decluttering can improve your mood.
- Keep Distractions Away
It doesn’t matter whether you are working from home or at the office, you can be distracted. Of course, there is more distraction at home. So, the best way to work from home is to have a workspace away from every distraction. Your workspace should not be facing your TV, for instance, especially if you are the type that cannot stay away.
But perhaps, our phones are the biggest distraction ever with the lure of social media. So, if your phone is distracting you, shut off notifications and keep the phone away from you. Sure, you can take breaks but make sure they are reasonable and won’t eat into the time slated for work.
- Outsource and Automate Some Tasks
If you try to do everything yourself, you might break down or achieve very little. Look at the areas where you could use an extra hand. Give out tasks to other experts in your field and let them report their progress back to you.
Also, Technology has made it easier to automate some tasks with the help of some apps. Don’t manually do things that an app can handle faster, except for the fun of it or you have time to spare. Work smart, not hard; that’s what all the big boys are doing now. You should probably get with the program.
- Try Something New
Don’t be afraid to try something new if the formal approach is not effective. There is no use going through a route that leads to nowhere. If you encounter a dead-end, keep trying other feasible choices until you find what works best for you. Who knows, maybe you work better at night than during the day. Explore and leverage that. You don’t have to take the route everybody is taking if it’s not getting you the desired results.
- Eat the Frog
Not literally but, conceptually. It means facing your fears, performing those difficult tasks you are running away from; getting them done and over with. There is a lot of satisfaction and sense of fulfillment you will derive from doing a job that once scared you or you always felt lazy to do.
- Create a Reward System for Yourself
This is one cheat code to bigger success. It’s an old subconscious trick. When you attach a reward to each of your goals, it pushes you forward. It makes you want to get there faster, it makes your mind improvise a means of getting things done quicker. And it is a win-win situation at the end of the day.
So, these are some of the daily routines to keep you organized and productive that we’d recommend. Let us know in the comment section; are there other daily routines you engage in to keep you organized and help you achieve productivity?