Here at AccelaWork, we’re on a constant mission to learn about new ways to stay productive. Even on your worst day, we want to see you checking something off of your list!
Being productive isn’t easy but it’s a word that is definitely tossed around with ease. You’ll hear it in meetings at work or see it on spreadsheets and graphs. It sounds good, doesn’t it? Yet many companies or even just you at home don’t have all the tools you need in order to succeed. You may think you do, with your calendars and to-do lists or apps, but it really starts with something even more special – you. Mind For Life posted an article that caught my eye. The writer says that there is a 5 minute routine that will double your productivity. Those are some pretty bold words, don’t you think? I’ve read dozens of these articles before, there probably isn’t anything new in this one. Except there definitely is and it’s really exciting! I won’t promise that you’ll suddenly become this lean, mean, productivity machine after reading this, that would be insane. I can tell you that I’ve taken these tips to heart and will implement them in my own daily routine. What the writer suggests is, every night before you go to sleep, take 5 minutes to answer a few questions while you’re lying in bed.
Question 1: “What did I do well today?”
Let’s start with the positive. It always helps to give yourself a dose of feel good. What things did you check off of your to-do list? Did you finish a project you’ve been putting off? Or maybe you just managed to make it through the day. Whatever the case, that’s a win and you should feel good about that.
It gives me confidence. When I see and reflect upon the important things that I accomplish in my life, it gives me confidence that I can do more — that I can try things that are more difficult.
Question 2: “What did I screw up today?”
We’re fans of failing. Our founder, Robby Slaughter, wrote a whole book about it. Failure teaches you how to succeed. Don’t shy away from what you’ve done, look at it right in the face and own it.
It forces me to own my failures. Sometimes, we justify our failures or weaknesses by blaming them on circumstances or other people. When we see our shortcomings, we can take an honest examination of the reasons behind why we didn’t live up to our own expectations.
Question 3: “What are the top 3 things I want to do tomorrow?”
We all already have our to-do lists going, either mentally or written down. You don’t need to sit in bed and go over everything you missed in your head, cycling over and over until your anxiety levels explode. Instead, take a second to think about what 3 things you want to complete by the end of the next day. That seems a lot less overwhelming, don’t you think?
It decreases my stress. For me, it’s too much to write down an unrealistic list of 10–20 things I need to do. That type of list can be overwhelming and usually causes me difficulty in sleeping because I’m stressing about all the things I need to do tomorrow.
Lastly, the writer insists that you must write down these answers. Maybe keep a journal next to your bed. Take time, maybe on the weekends, to go back and reflect on your answers throughout the week. You can find room for improvement easier when it’s staring back at you. Make your choices, failures, things you need to do something physical that you can touch rather than taking up room in your head!