Some days are ultra-productive. You wake up, know exactly what you need to do, and do it. Boom.
Ask yourself, though: How consistent are you about this? If you’re anything like me, superhero-levels of productivity aren’t regular occurrences.
A lot of days start more haphazardly; maybe you sleep in too long, or maybe you’re just not 100% clear on everything you need to do. Luckily, there are some useful habits you can practice in order to start having more days of the ultra-productive variety.
In this video, I’ll give you a 4-step process that will help you get a productive start to each day – and give you momentum you can use to finish bigger projects.
(If you’re unable to see the video above, you can view it on YouTube.)
Summary and Links
Below you’ll find a quick sum-up of each part of the process, along with links to tools I use.
Habit 1 – Plan Your Day the Night Before: By taking the time to plan out your day before you go to bed, you’re using what should be your most de-stressed time of the day to strategize.
- My favorite tool for this is… a whiteboard. I also plan out big projects in Trello.
Habit 2 – Use the Clear to Neutral technique: When you’re done working for the day, reset your workspace by closing tabs, cleaning up, etc.
- If you’d like to learn more about this technique, check out the article on it over at Asian Efficiency.
Habit 3 – Wake yo ass up early: Getting up early enough to have a good chunk of time before you start school or work gives you the opportunity to relax a bit, clear your head, and practice the next technique…
- Want a foolproof technique for waking up early every morning? Here’s how I use Twitter to do it.
Habit 4 – Have a morning ritual: Practicing a few small habits every morning gives your motivation levels a “momentum boost”.
- HabitRPG – my favorite tool for tracking my daily habits (including the ones in my morning ritual)
- Here’s a look at how I structure my ritual
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