Ten Habits to Do More In 24 Hours

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”-  H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Having no time is a lame excuse not to do great things. People are born differently and everyone lives differently. But we all have 24 hours every day.

Ten Habits to Do More In 24 Hours

You have the freedom to choose what you do with every second of every day. Who you are going to be and what you are going to achieve depends entirely on how you spend your time. Strive to be productive by practicing these 10 habits.

  1. Plan your day the night before

Device a realistic plan that works; it will allow you to prepare and get excited for the next day. Planning decreases the chance of you just winging it. It also prevents forgetting the tasks you should be doing.

Make your plan doable and specific. Doing a loaded plan which you cannot really do will just defeat the purpose. Start at 5 tasks per day. Adjust as you observe how much you can do per day.

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  1. Eat right

Food is the fuel people need for energy. To be productive you must eat the right kind and the right amount of food. For more consistent energy levels, aim for more protein and less carbohydrates.

Make sure your diet has enough Vitamin B12. This vitamin converts food into glucose which your system utilizes as energy. Vitamin B 12 can be found in meat, fish, eggs and dairy products.

Another important nutrient for productivity is iron. Iron is an essential part of hemoglobin, the part of the blood which carries oxygen. Lack of it will give you a feeling of unexplained fatigue. Iron rich foods include oysters, liver, white beans and iron-fortified cereals.

  1. Have an active lifestyle

The American Heart Association recommends at least half an hour of exercise in a day, five times weekly. It is great if you can commit to that, if not, then strive to add more movements to your day. Exercise helps in productivity by conditioning your body. Your body will adjust based on how it is used. The more you move, the more energy you have.

You can divide the 30 minutes into three portions. Dedicate 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes at lunch and 10 minutes in the evening. You can do lifting in the morning, walking at lunch and jogging in the evening. The choice is up to you, as long as you get active.

  1. Maximize your commute and queuing times

Instead of bitching about long queues and traffic, use this time for your advantage. As long as you are not the driver, there are plenty of things you can do while stuck in traffic. Check your planner and revise as needed. Send texts, sort emails, update your phone or call someone. You can also doze off! A short nap can do wonders.

Avoid queues by smartly scheduling errands. But if you can’t help it, use the time productively. Use the time to read or call someone while waiting for your turn.

  1. Have an adequate sleep

Quality sleep is needed for you to perform at your peak during the day. You might feel like you are doing more by staying up all night but this is not the case. Work over time if absolutely needed, if not, go to bed on time to re-energize for the next day.

  1. Quit on your vices

Vices take up time without giving you anything of value. They are also detrimental to your health and finances. Vices hurt those around you too.

If you are dedicated to have a productive day, be determined to stop your vices. You do not have to do it all at once. Work on a slow, steady progress instead. Choose to waste no time destroying yourself.

  1. Prioritize

You cannot do everything. Set your lifetime mission and goals. Base your priorities on these mission and goals. Everything you do should lead you towards your ultimate goal.

Do your number one priority first thing in the morning when you are at your peak. Finishing the hardest task will inspire you to do more.

  1. Use technology to your benefit

Using technology will save you plenty of time if you know how to use it. On the other hand, it will eat up your time if you are not careful. Use gadgets and apps that will make your job faster and easier.

Do your bank transactions and pay your bills online to save on commute and queuing time. Download planners, notepads and other apps you can use for your job.

Cut back on time you spend on social media and television. Time can easily fly away while you are in front of the screen. Set a timer and stop when the timer goes off.

  1. Do not multi-task

You might think you are doing more when you are multi-tasking but the opposite is true. You are spending more time shifting between tasks. Do one thing at once; do not start another one unless you are done with it.

Doing many things simultaneously decreases your focus so it compromises the quality of work. It might even lead to error which will cause more harm to your time since you have to repeat a task all over again.

  1. Learn to say no without explanations

To make the most of your day, you have to say no to plenty of things. Do not feel bad about it because it is for the better. You have to reject unimportant things so that you can say yes to great things in the future. Do not offer any explanations; you have the liberty to do anything with your time.

You have to intentionally make the ten mentioned above into habits. You have to internalize the cliché “life is short” because it really is. Make the most of your life by using every second of it wisely.

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