Do you often find your workday spiralling out of control? You start each day with a plan to get so much done, but soon find yourself becoming distracted, focusing on low-priority tasks and, simply, procrastinating. So how can you regain control of your time? One-size-fits-all lists on how to be more productive don’t work; we’ll outline in this post productivity techniques that can be adapted to your personality and working style.

Tip 1: Set your goals.
Goal setting is one of the most powerful ways you can get clear on the personal and professional goals you want to achieve in the future. Without having clearly defined short-term goals and long-term goals it’s easy to lose focus and direction. By using proven goal setting techniques, you gain a powerful process for clarifying your future, and for motivating yourself to turn those goals into reality. The process of setting goals gives you a direction and focus and you become clearer about that you want and where you want to go in life.

Tip 2: Value your time.
One of the biggest mistakes we make in life is having a poor use of our time. It is true that many of us have jobs and commitments, but how we choose to spend that time as well as our own free time plays a large role in our sense of fulfilment.

As entrepreneurs and business owners we hear the phrase Value Your Time, a TON. But what does that really mean? I think it’s somewhat different for everyone. But there is one universal, undeniable fact: although it may bend and stretch, time is our only non-renewable resource.

Tip 3: Eliminate distractions for achieving your goals.
We all have our own set of goals we want to achieve. Goals we have been working on for months, years and maybe even more. Goals that we keep chipping away at but are not able to make the necessary dent in, to make an impact and complete them.

When it comes to setting goals, many of us can formulate a plan but have a hard time carrying out our vision. Perhaps it’s because goals take a lot of small steps and milestones to achieve, and many people don’t have the mental stamina or patience to follow through. However, the best breakthroughs happen when you stick to your goals rather than giving up on them before you get to the finish line. As they say, slow and steady wins the race.

When things start to pick up in life, riding on the productivity train seems like a breeze. We feel motivated, energetic, and are able to check things off our to-do lists left and right! When there’s good momentum going, getting things done really feels like no big deal. But what happens when that train comes to a stop? Distraction starts to settle in – bringing potential overwhelm and procrastination along with it.

Tip 4: Track your productivity.
We can do our best to complete everything on our to-do list, but there are still ways that we’re losing time without even realizing it. How often do you have to interrupt your work to chat to colleagues during the day, for example? Over time these interruptions add up.
So how can we manage them? By tracking them, measuring them, and making a change.

Keeping track of your productivity on an everyday basis is incredibly helpful, but it can’t stand alone. It’s also important that you continue to know why you do the things you do. Keep asking yourself what your true purpose is – this will keep you on the right track.

Tip 5: Seek feedback.
You need feedback to learn and grow. In order to grow as a professional and have a thriving career, you need to have a clear idea of what you’re doing well, what can be improved upon, and how your actions are being perceived. Without clear and honest feedback, there is no room for professional growth. Existing problems will be left to fester, you may be left feeling confused and frustrated.

In conclusion…
Setting clear goals, eliminating distractions and valuing your time will allow you to work smarter. Your ambitions will never be out of reach when you keep your focus on them and surround yourself with people who inspire you.