“What you do everyday, will predict how your future will look like!”
So, today’s post as you must have read from the title, is quite different from what I usually write. These days, I’m struggling to get things done. During the initial months of the lockdown, I was to some extent focused and active, doing a lot of courses, reading a lot. And now, the only thing I do is scroll down social media feeds and watch youtube videos all day😁. A lot of the videos I watched are on how to be productive. Here, are some ways I thought could be possibly done.
1. 90:90:1 Rule: This rule was given by the leadership expert Robin Sharma. A plan to help you realize your dreams. So, for the next 90 days, give the first 90 mins of your day to a best opportunity in your life or something that is the most important to you. It could be an important project, an ambitious idea or even as basic as studying for an exam. You can checkout Robin’s detailed video here.
2. Get Up Early: During school and college, we had no option but to sleep and get up early. Atleast this is what I followed. I think that was one of my best habits. I was asleep before 11 no matter what. Now these days, with no where to report to, I sleep till late. This has made me lazy. Mornings are the best for everything. Since your mind is well rested, you’re able to focus better. So, if you’re getting up at 10am, make it 9.30 or 9am. Gradually reduce it from 9 to 8 and so on. No change should happen all of a sudden as your body is not used to. Let it be gradually. Also, once awake, stay away from your phone atleast for a few hours.
3. One Time Touch: So, you all will agree to this, we have a habit of constantly checking our phones for notifications even when studying or working. This makes us less focused on the thing we’re doing. So, this concept of one time touch will help you get over that. Turn off all notifications from your phone. Whenever you are done with all your studying or work or anything you’re doing, only then check your phone for important messages or mails. Reply to them at that very moment and wrap it up. No dues, no procrastinating. This will save your time and worry.
4. Intentionality: Everything you do in life needs to have an intention or purpose. Plan your day ahead and set a goal after which you will relax and take a break. At times, even when we take a break to relax, at the back of our mind we are still thinking about the pending work and everything that needs to be done. We also feel guilty and are not able to relax properly. This is because the break was not intentional. Set down a goal to be achieved after which you will relax and come back refreshed. If it’s intentional, you’ll be able to relax properly. Best way is journaling or making a to-do list which includes that relaxing time.
5. Reward Yourself: This is very important. After you have achieved your short term goals, reward yourself. It will be like a self validation. It could be shopping, going on a short trip, meeting your friends or watching a movie. Anything you love. I know people say that extrinsic rewards like these can’t be the driving factor and will not help you in the long run. But, trust me, you’ll feel good and motivated if you do so.
I hope this helps. Even if you miss a day or two, do not give up. Learn to utilise your time well because what you do now will decide your future.
Keep Dreaming! Keep Working!💖
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