Do you wish you could get more done each day? Do you struggle getting started or do you get hung up on the details. Sometimes it’s fun to get lost in the weeds but when will now be the time to sink that hole in one?

Use these 8 strategies to ignite your productivity and get things done.

Be realistic about what you want to accomplish in a day. If you set a goal of completing 30 tasks in a day and you only finish 10 of them, you probably won’t feel very productive. Make sure your goals are actually achievable and also be sure that they actually make sense in your life. Nothing causes burnout like an impossible goal.

Get started earlier. Maybe you wake up at 7am and maybe you wake up at noon. in 2021 it doesn’t matter. But maybe if you did wake up a couple hours earlier you can get some new things done or schedule things out in a better way. You could even use this added daily time to knock out small things or small chores you need to do each day.

Make lists. Write down whatever it is you want to accomplish that day. Go back through your lists and doodles later and cross off the things you got done. It feels great. That feeling will make you want it again.

Pick an hour to work on tasks you’ve been avoiding. Set aside an hour each day to focus on completing those lingering, annoying tasks. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can get them done.

Acknowledge when a task is no longer necessary. Sometimes things we put on our “To Do” lists no longer need to get done. Recognize the completion of tasks no matter who does them.

Limit interruptions. If you’re at the office, let your phone calls go to voice mail for an hour while you get your work done. If you’re at home, avoid answering phones or responding to texts during that hour.

Return all phone calls each day. After you’re done working for the day, set aside time to return any calls you missed. If you keep putting that off, your list of people to call back will continue to accumulate.

Acknowledge what you’ve accomplished at the end of each day. Look at your list. Congratulate yourself on a job well done! Celebrate the fact that you were effective and productive. You made progress.

Planning and accomplishing a daily list of tasks will help you to feel a sense of success. If you follow these tips, you’ll consistently finish the things that you need to get done.

You’ll love the way you feel when you light the flame of productivity!

I am a doctoral student, certified behavior specialist and ordained minister from Houston.

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