How To Develop Productive Habits: 11 Most Useful Strategies

Today you’re going to learn how to develop productive habits.

Forcing yourself to suddenly implement a few useful habits can be difficult. Fortunately, anyone can set the foundation for future success by making a few small changes to their environment and process.

All it takes is a little planning and a healthy dose of optimism to become the most productive version of yourself. With the right mindset and a little effort, you’ll be ticking tasks off your to-do list faster than you can write them down!

How To Develop Productive Habits:

1. Make use of a day planner.

Planning your day can help you focus on the important things. Being efficient takes more planning than effort, so take 5-10 minutes each evening (or morning) to plan how you will spend the upcoming day.

First thing in the morning, make a list of the most time-consuming or crucial tasks and leave time for emails, clean-ups, and breaks.

Set specific goals for the day. Choose three key things to do and set aside at least 90 minutes for them.

If you want to set your daily schedule, get up 5–10 minutes earlier in the morning than usual to carve out time for this. A hectic morning routine does not set the tone for a productive day!

Break your day into chunks to avoid spending hours in the same place or doing the same thing. It will be easier to maintain your attention throughout the day if you move around and change things up often.

2. Put the phone down.

Silence your phone unless you are waiting for an important call. Random messages, notifications, and social media can easily distract you. Stop procrastinating on the phone if you notice yourself doing it.

When you are focused and engaged in what you are trying to do, you will be more productive, so eliminating the most obvious distractions is crucial.

There are apps you can download to block access to your account at certain times of the day or after browsing for a while if you are addicted to monitoring social media.

If you really want to focus on something, you can always put your phone in another room or in a desk drawer.

3. Organize your home or office.

You will be more focused if you have a tidy workspace and a well-organized home. Chaos can distract you from the work you’re trying to get done.

Take a few minutes at the end of each day to de-clutter by taking out the trash, putting things away, and organizing your workstation or home. It will be easier for you to create good habits if you wake up in a clean house and stay in a tidy workspace.

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4. Complete all critical tasks before lunch.

Do important tasks first thing in the morning, because most people are more productive in the morning.

If grocery shopping is on your to-do list for the day, don’t put it off until 8 p.m. when you’re sleepy. Make those phone calls or set up those meetings before noon if you want to offer a new service to a few key clients. 

Planning your day this way will not only help you get the most important things done, but the early sense of accomplishment will help you maintain your pace throughout the day.

Take a short break if you’re having trouble staying energized throughout the day and you’re not at work. A twenty-minute nap is a great way to get back into productive thinking.

5. Concentrate on one task at a time.

Multitasking is rarely a productive way to operate (1). If you focus all your efforts on one activity at a time, you will be more likely to complete it.

Turn off the radio at work, turn off the TV while you study, and don’t split your time between email and other work-related responsibilities. When your brain is preparing for a new job, you waste a lot of energy switching between tasks. This kind of skipping around is not conducive to productivity.

When you’re in that zone where time flies by and you’re completely absorbed in what you’re doing, you’re most productive. It’s much harder to achieve this state if you’re constantly switching between two or three different activities.

6. Look for value in the mundane.

It’s hard to be productive if you think you’re wasting your time. Before you start, make an effort to discover the meaning behind everything you do.

For example, if you’re just filling out a timesheet, remind yourself that you’re helping your employer maintain transparency. As a result, you’ll be more productive at work, which is exactly what you want! You can even connect all of this to your company’s goal to remind yourself why this is so important.

Finding value in the little things has a positive impact on your entire worldview. You’ll never accomplish anything if you wander around all day feeling like you’re wasting your time!

7. Rest every hour.

Set aside 5-10 minutes every hour to recharge your batteries. Get up and stretch, go outside for some fresh air, or take a short walk down the hallway.

In addition to helping you return to work feeling refreshed, it will also give your body a break from sitting or looking at your computer for an extended period of time, depending on what you were doing.

The Pomodoro method is popular with busy people. It involves you working in consecutive intense bursts, such as focusing on a topic for 25 minutes and then taking a 5-minute break. If you lose enthusiasm for your work after about 35–45 minutes, this is a great solution.

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8. Set aside 5 minutes each day for yourself.

Start small and allow modest actions to turn into a regular routine.

Set a goal of spending just 5 minutes a day developing a new habit. Over the next week, double that amount. Stick with the 10 minute a day rule for the next week or two.

After a few weeks, your brain will become accustomed to devoting 10 minutes to this work. This is an excellent approach to establishing small procedural habits, such as morning exercise or daily meditation.

If you are not used to doing anything, it may be hard to get through the first week, but persevere! It will get easier and easier as time goes on.

Doing your little habit at the same time each day will also help with habit formation.

9. Take it easy on your days off.

You’ll burn yourself out if you don’t take some time off.

Take time off to spend time with friends and family, read the book you’ve been meaning to read, and do activities you enjoy. If you keep forcing yourself to do more tasks, you will eventually fail. If you want to be productive, you need to relax on your days off.

Take a vacation or a long weekend to relax, or if you are going to spend some time with your loved ones or create a new habit. There is some evidence that it is easier to form a new habit after a long period of relaxation.

10. Take care of your body.

Try to eat a well-balanced diet (2) that includes lean protein, vegetables, and healthy grains. Try to get 8 hours of sleep each night and go to bed and get up at the same time each day.

To reduce stress and feel fantastic in your own skin, try to get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week in the form of jogging, cycling, or weight lifting.

If you don’t feel good, it’s difficult to develop an effective routine. Taking care of your body is essential for your overall health, but it’s also essential if you want to be a productive person.

Don’t forget to take care of your mind and spirit! Meditation and yoga are excellent strategies to maintain mental and emotional well-being.

11. Recognize and reward yourself for developing good habits.

Reward yourself for sticking to them as you increase your overall productivity. After completing your daily planner, take a moment to drink a cup of good coffee.

Have a small piece of candy when you are done filling out your reports in the morning. It is important to regularly give yourself small incentives to maintain productive habits if you want them to become sustainable.

Breaks should be taken immediately after doing productive work. Breaks are a fantastic way to reward yourself, and you should take them regularly. It’s a win-win situation!

Thank you for reading this article about how to develop productive habits and I really hope that you take action my advice.

I wish you good luck and I hope its contents have been a good help to you.

Przemkas Mosky
Przemkas Mosky started Perfect 24 Hours in 2017. He is a Personal Productivity Specialist, blogger and entrepreneur. He also works as a coach assisting people to increase their motivation, social skills or leadership abilities. Read more here