Productive or Just “Busy”? 17 Ways To Be More Productive Every Day (Recipe)

Noun: ‘productivity’

The state or quality of producing something; the effectiveness of productive effort.

How many excuses do you hear yourself saying every day? ‘I couldn’t get this done today because… OR I didn’t have time to do that because…’

Sometimes all it takes to be more ‘productive’ is to simply stop sabotaging yourself and get out of your own way. But not confronting procrastination and all the “I’m too busy” excuses are shining examples of ‘standing in your own way’.

“Tomorrow becomes never. No matter how small the task, take the first step now!” ~ Tim Ferriss

So, you’ve got to prioritize achieving results ahead of staying in your comfort zone - and stop making excuses! You’ve probably also heard the phrase, “work smarter, not harder”?

Well, in this post we’re going to give you a ton of ideas for how to do just that… without making excuses.

Here are 17 “no excuses” ways to be more productive (and not just busy) every single day:

  1. Clean out the clutter in the space intended for productivity - whether that’s your office, the kitchen or anywhere in your environment that requires you to GSD! GSD = Get Sh*t Done

  2. Use positive instead of negative self-talk - you would be surprised how impactful negative self-talk (which fuels our limiting beliefs) can be for flatlining productivity!

  3. Make your goals manageable - not unrealistic and unreachable.

  4. Set out the next day’s goals the night before. Revisit them for 5 minutes in the morning.

  5. BUT, systems and routines (over “goals”) are always the answer. Make priority lists not ‘To Do’ lists - and make it “tickable”. Checking off that box can be so rewarding!

  6. Create a plan that’s designed for action and automate repetitive tasks - again, systems!

  7. Don’t multitask - I know, this probably goes against what you’re actually trying to do but consider that doing multiple things at once (too many balls in the air) causes you to do each task much more slowly and less efficiently than if you were to just focus on just ONE task - and do it really well!

  8. Spend mornings GSD! i.e. do your most important tasks before lunch. Follow the Pareto Principle as it applies to productivity: “80% of the output or results will come from 20% of the input or action.” Think of it as 80% of your work is done in 20% of your time. For m