It's a race against time in today's world when all we want to do is to accomplish more in lesser time. To be productive every waking moment is to be successful. Here are some tips how you can make most of your time:
Buy a notebook or clear a place on your wall for a chalkboard, pin board etc.
Write down everything that you need to do.
Prioritize. Mark the things that are more important or urgent than others.
Sit down and examine your day. The way you spend it currently. Pick out the things you can replace with other more productive things
Divide your work through the week. According to its urgency and priority, Mark the due dates.
Change your surroundings. I work and concentrate better in library or a class setting. You can choose a small coffee shop or even your own bedroom.
Say no to phones. Smartphones, checking emails and notifications eat so much of your time up and you don't even realize where it went.
Exercise! Exercise really does help you stay energized.
Drink water! Get your 2-3 liters in every day.
Eat healthy foods and in smaller portions. Healthy food fuels your brains and smaller portions mean that you won’t want to take a nap to recover.
Have a rewards system. Bribe yourself if need be. Think of all the good things, the guilty pleasures that you want to do and set them as rewards when you're done with your work. For example, you're cutting on your sweet intake, then treat yourself with it after a month of maintaining a routine. Or maybe you are cutting back on binge watching then watch a couple of episodes during weekend.
Constantly remind yourself of what you’re working for. A job or an acception? Passing an exam or earning more? Whatever it is that you wanna do, work while keeping that in mind.
When you're done with something, cross that thing right off your list. It's proven by studies that when you cross of something from your to do list, your brain feels a sense of completion and is motivated to work more.
Do not go on and on about goals. When you tell people about your goals and they appreciate your thought, your brain feels good and develops a sense of completion. It feels that it has already done the work and you feel less motivated. Instead, work in silence and let your work speak for itself.
Do not multi-task. It messes with your concentration and you can't focus on one particular task properly. It also wastes the time to keep changing track and getting a new work at the same time.
Do not forget to take care of yourself. Constant work and pressure can burn you out. Instead, take out time for yourself, relax and watch a movie, pamper yourself after a hard day or week.
If you feel like your bad habits are hindering your work ethic, work on cutting down the bad habits. Work on one habit a time, learn to wake up early, quit social media, whatever it is, work through it slowly and deliberately.
Whenever you fail to reach your goal for the day, make sure that you don't build up guilt on yourself. You should forgive yourself for messing up once in a while and whenever you need a break for giving your mind and body a rest or even just a day to wind yourself down, don't feel bad about it. Take a day off unapologetically because you deserved it after all the hard work you do.