Inside: Develop these productive habits in your life to help you easily get more accomplished.

Do you feel like there is never enough time in the day?

Is your to-do list always getting longer – never shorter?

Do you wish you could find a way to be more productive and get more done?

I’ve got good news for you – there is a way. It is absolutely possible to boost your productivity and accomplish more every day. 

The key?

Productive habits.

By building productive habits into your routine, you can easily do more in less time. You’ll feel more accomplished, get more stuff done, and have more time to rest, relax, or spend however you’d like.

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How will productive habits help me get more done?

Productive habits can totally change your life.

Don’t believe me? I don’t really blame you. It does sound too good to be true.

But it’s absolutely possible. 

Habits are actions you incorporate into your life that become so routine, they’re virtually effortless. You probably already practice lots of habits on a daily basis – even if you don’t recognize it.

Brushing your teeth in the morning, enjoying a cup of coffee prepared exactly the way you like it as you start your day, walking your dog every afternoon, starting the dishwasher after dinner, and calling your best friend to catch up every Friday night are all examples of habits. 

Now, not all habits are good. Staying up late, choosing junk food over fruits and veggies for a snack, and scrolling through social media apps whenever you have a few minutes of downtime are examples of not-so-great habits.

But other types of habits can benefit you in a big way. Habits focused on your health, maintaining your physical environment, and staying connected with others can boost your physical and mental well-being.

And some habits, like those that influence your productivity, can help you keep your to-do list at a minimum, power through any tasks you need to complete with ease, and increase the amount of free time you have to spend on things that bring you joy. 

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Productive Habits That Can Help You Get More Done With Ease

Ready to explore some productive habits that can transform your life? Here are a handful of habits of productive people that you can incorporate into your routine.

While they may take a little while to stick, by practicing these habits as often as possible, you can make these actions routine and ultimately make your life a whole lot easier.

1. Practice the one-minute rule.

It’s easy to think about a task – and put it off until later. But that doesn’t really help you get anything done. Instead, a great way to boost your productivity and stop procrastinating is to make the one-minute rule a habit.

The rule is simple. If a task is going to take you less than one minute to complete, do it now – don’t let yourself put it off until later.

So many things can be accomplished in 60 seconds or less: sending a quick email, putting those dirty dishes into the dishwasher instead of the sink, opening the mail instead of leaving it on the counter to deal with eventually.

By making yourself take action quickly, you prevent these small tasks from adding up and ultimately overwhelming your to-do list. 

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2. Set yourself up for success with a consistent morning routine.

Another great productive habit to implement in your life involves creating a consistent morning routine. By starting each day off right and setting yourself up for success, you’ll be well-equipped to power through your to-do list and tackle any unexpected challenges that may arise.

Your morning routine doesn’t have to be anything complicated, but it does need to be consistent. If you don’t already have a great morning routine in place, sit down with a pencil and paper and brainstorm a list of things you’d love to do every morning.

This could include…

  • Waking up at the same time every morning
  • Enjoying a cup of coffee while reading a book
  • Your skincare routine
  • Cuddles with your dog
  • A daily multivitamin
  • Stretching
  • Making your bed

Then, commit to waking up each morning and making it happen! By accomplishing a few key tasks to start your day, you’ll start building momentum from the moment you roll out of bed to tackle everything on your to-do list.

Not a morning person? Consider working on solidifying your evening routine first to help set yourself up for successful days.

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3. Stop constantly checking your email.

Many of us have made it a habit to check our email the moment we hear a notification. When we do that, it can be difficult to ignore the urge to drop everything and address whatever request just came in – interrupting your flow and putting whatever else you were doing on pause.

Instead, try to designate a certain time of day for emails – and limit the amount of time you spend on them. For example, commit to checking your inbox at 2 PM and limiting the time you spend on emails to a half hour.

Not only will this help you stay focused and avoid constant distractions, but you might also be surprised to see how much you can power through when you give yourself a time limit. 

4. Declutter your digital life.

Not only can the notifications throw off your concentration, but having an excess of emails or documents can both be distracting and waste your time.

If you’ve ever spent much longer than you’d like trying to hunt down a picture, document, or email then you know digital clutter is a time suck that creates frustration.

Spend some time decluttering your digital life to increase your productivity and focus.

5. Keep social media use to a minimum. 

Another major productivity killer? Spending too much time scrolling on social media. For many of us, it’s a guilty pleasure.

It’s easy to get lost in Instagram and Tiktok, only to look up and find you’ve spent way too much time being distracted. And it makes sense! Those apps are literally designed to capture your attention and suck you in.

Instead of letting it become your go-to boredom buster, be intentional with how much time you spend on social media each day. If you can’t accomplish this with self-control alone, there are apps you can download to literally block your access outside of designated times.

By keeping this distraction at a minimum, you’ll be more likely to spend your time on other, more productive tasks – like tackling your to-do list!

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6. Write it down!

Keeping your to-do list in your head is far from the most effective way to manage your task list. By writing down everything you need to do, you’ll ensure you’re not forgetting anything, and you’ll make it much easier to prioritize your tasks while letting go of mental clutter in the process.

When you can take a step back and look at everything on your plate at once, you can more easily identify which items need to be addressed ASAP – and which ones can wait. 

You can physically write your to-do list down with a pen and paper, or use a note-keeping app on your mobile device to keep track of those open items so you’ve got it with you wherever you go.

7. Focus on one thing at a time.

After prioritizing your most important tasks, focus on one thing at a time as you work to complete them.

Trying to multitask divides your attention, making you not only less efficient but the outcome of your work is likely to suffer in the process.

It’s tempting to want to get multiple things done at once, but you’ll get more done by focusing on the task at hand and completing it before moving on to the next one.

Which one of the productive habits do you plan to work on first? Leave a comment and let me know!

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  1. I am going to work on number 3 first. To only check my emails a certain times during the day. Great article!

  2. Thank you for another excellent article. I especially like the ‘one minute’ rule. Just getting up and making the bed first thing in the morning, rather than putting it off until later gets me warmed up and starts momentum for the day. I no longer waste valuable time sitting and scrolling social media. (tasks first, play later as Mom used to say). I allow a certain amount of time for such things, and it has become minimal. I am amazed at how much I have accomplished since finding your program/ answers.

    1. It’s a good idea to let your bed air for at least an hour, especially in this very hot weather. I sweat a lot at night time, and your bedding needs to dry out before you make it.

  3. I have a morning routine as I am focusing on addiction recovery. Things are getting done quickly and with clarity. I am more productive and now sober.

  4. Hello Ma’am,

    I have decided to start with being consistent to a morning routine.

    Thanks for your insight..

  5. Took a minute to read😍
    Was well worth it.
    When it’s a major project ? I have adjusted to focusing on say, One corner of a room at a time! Making better progress with entire room clutter! Thanks for the article!

  6. I am going to start a morning routine to get dressed first thing and make bed. I spend too much time in pajamas and it makes me lazy. I am retired.

  7. l think am going to start number 2 because every morning l don’t really have a set up of what is going to happen .sometimes l even work up when l see have a class at 7:30 so must woke up and get prepared which is not good .

  8. Great article. I started with #2 (morning routine). I started instantly making my bed, emptying my small humidifier so it can dry out, opening the curtains and taking my nighttime water glass downstairs. I was shocked at how little time it takes but what a difference it is making in the appearance of my still too cluttered room.

  9. Liked the one min rule .. and need to get my morning routine sorted. And will look to digitally declutter .. Great simple ideas. Thanks.

    1. I really like all your article especially the one minute rule a number 7 , to focus on one project at a time! I have always been a procrastinator and this is exactly what I need! Thank you!

  10. One step at a time-one space at a time and one habit at a time! I’m learning! I needed to change some of my bad habits to good ones. My life coach encouraged me to choose one bad habit and change it to a good habit. One thing that I needed to change was: I would put dirty dishes in the sink, then be too tired or overwhelmed to clear the sink at night. I promised myself I would wash the dishes and clear my sink every night. At first it was painful, then it became an obsession, then it became a good habit! It has been 2 years and I have never missed! Since then I have changed three more bad habits to good ones!

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