Top 5 Ways to Boost Your Productivity Today
Need some inspiration for ways to get more productive today? This list of five sure methods used by top creatives will help anyone who is striving to reach creative goals.
1. Theme Your Days
Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, revealed: "On Monday, I focus on management and running the company. Tuesday is focused on product." He takes the weekends off, with Sunday being the day he uses for reflection and strategy.
If you find yourself scatterbrained, try using this method. Schedule certain days for specific types of creative planning and others for getting things done.
2. Work on Managing Your Emotions
Emotions are the beauty and complexity of life. But what sets successful creative folks apart is their capacity for emotional intelligence. The real world will test your character, limitations and emotional control.
As Warren Buffett said, "Once you have ordinary intelligence, what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people into trouble."
3. Take a Course in Body Language
For a successful career after college, do all you can to learn the art of communication. Body language was one of the topics of research for scientists at Stanford. When analyzing their subjects, they found that the ability to create could be determined by their body language and non-verbal cues.
Besides the fact that your future interviewers are going to pay a lot of attention to your body language when making a decision to hire you, the study found that teams with body language that was in sync were more likely to come up with creative ideas.
4. Measure Yourself in the Morning
We're not talking about physical measurements, but taking stock of the future hours in your day. For instance, Steve Jobs used to ask himself every morning, "If today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I'm about to do today?"
Reflection is the key to ensuring that the next 24 hours are geared towards productivity.
5. The Hard-Work Hack
In today's short-cut culture, everyone is looking for a way to become a millionaire overnight. However, the best leaders know there's no such thing. Hard work is simply hard work -- being more productive tonight may mean staying up later to work on a report while your friends are out partying.
As long as you can keep your eyes on your goal and are willing to put in the work each day, you'll be a winner. Perhaps Abraham Lincoln said it best: "I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day."