Note: This is a guest post by Henri Junttila from Wakeupcloud.com
By increasing your productivity you can not only got more done, but faster achieve your goals and make your wildest dreams come true.
Sounds crazy, but it’s true.
Most people never incorporate productive habits into their life, because they think what they have is good enough, but it never is.
Increasing your productivity is simple, but not the easiest task in the world. However, it’s worth it, because the more you can get done, the more time you can save while simultaneously making faster progress.
Isn’t that what everyone wants?
Okay, almost everyone.
1. Time Yourself
The best thing you can do to supercharge your brain is to set a timer before you start working.
Estimate how long it will take you to finish the task then set the timer for half the time. Challenge yourself and try to finish the task much faster than you think is possible.
If you do this, you will be pleasantly surprised that you can produce high-quality work in usually half the time.
2. Set Goals
One of the most important things the majority of people miss out on is setting goals. Setting goals is as easy as drawing a smiley face on paper.
However, there is a science setting goals. If you want effective goals, use the SMART criteria, which simply stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely goals.
If you’re unsure of how to do this, I suggest you grab a book on goal setting, or simply do a Google search.
3. Plan Ahead
Write down what you’re going to do tomorrow before you go to bed today.
This alone has tremendously improved my productivity, because it helps me visualize the next day’s tasks beforehand.
It’s easy to underestimate how much this can do for you, so try it out for a week and notice just how much your productivity increases.
We live in the age of distractions. We’re constantly bombarded with e-mails, Twitter, and Facebook. This is why it’s more important than ever before to focus on one single task at a time.
Each time you take your focus from say writing an article to checking your e-mail, you’re taking yourself out of the zone.
Every time you do this, it will take you 5 to 15 minutes to get back into it. Imagine the amount of time you save if you focus on one task in one task only until it’s done.
Do you have a lot of phone calls you need to make later today?
Batch them together to get them done faster. The same applies for everything else. If you’re writing a bunch of articles, line them up, outline them, and write them all as fast as you can.
You can always edit and tweak later. The main thing here is to batch things together to dramatically increase productivity in your life.
6. End Result
What are you trying to achieve? Most people never set goals, so they never know where they are going. They just keep working and hope that something good will happen.
When you know what you want to achieve, you can visualize it in your head, which provides positive feedback and motivation.
This will help you keep going, and will naturally boost your productivity, because it will make you feel good inside, which is never a bad thing.
7. Eat That Frog
Brian Tracy, who is famous for his personal development and sales material, says to eat that frog, which means to do the most difficult task on your to-do list for that day.
This is the task that you are most likely to put off and procrastinate on. Once you get it out of your way, you will feel much more empowered to take massive action and get the rest of your to-do list done.
8. Find Your Peak
When do you work best? Have you found that you feel inspired during the night, but sluggish during the morning?
Find your peak performance hours and increase not only the amount of work you get done, but the quality of your work.
I found that my peak hours change from time to time, so it always helps to tweak them and stay aware of your rhythm.
9. Eliminate Perfectionism
We all have that critical voice in our heads. It comes to writers as the editor. It blocks your creativity and makes your work hell.
Instead of focusing on making your work the best on the first try, try flipping that over and try making it as bad as you can.
This will condition you to get into the flow and eliminate that critical voice.
10. Find Your Passion
Last but definitely not least is the importance of finding and going after your passion. When you’re truly fire about something, it will be impossible for you not to take massive action.
When something makes your soul dance, you feel attracted to it, and you will produce massive results effortlessly.
It wasn’t until I found my passion that I started seeing incredible results in my life, and feeling significantly more fulfilled and happier.
You can do the same.
Henri writes at Wake Up Cloud, where you can get his free course: Find Your Passion in 5 Days or Less. And if you liked this article, you will enjoy one of his top articles: 77 Great Quotes That Will Change Your Life.