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Every single one of us at times allows procrastination, disorganization, and even lack of motivation to get the best of us. These things keep us from being productive individuals, making our workday and life that much more difficult. We sit back in awe of all the things we’ve allowed to build up, and wonder how in the world they’ll get done, or how to do them most effectively. Fortunately for us, being a more productive person is not a hard thing to do at all. Once you know how to get started in becoming more productive the rest will fall into place. Here I’ll list five great ways to help you in becoming a more efficient and productive person.

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1. You may be surprised at how obvious the first step sounds, but let it fool you – it’s an important place to start! You have to first realize what it is you want to accomplish. What are your goals? Where do you want to be, and how long do you want it to take? It may be something small, such as cleaning out the garage, or could be bigger such as finding a better job and making more money. There aren’t any limitations here – just dig deep, and figure out what it is you want to achieve.

2. Now for the second step: write them down. This may sound like a waste of time, but it’s actually more important than you think. Generally, when it comes to productivity, most people lack in one of three areas. – They can’t see what needs to be done, they can’t keep track of all the things they have to get done so they tend to forget and get behind, or they procrastinate and lack the will to actually get anything done. We’ve already taken care of the first problem with step one – and now we’re going to handle the second. By writing your goals down, you help strengthen your commitment, and because you have a simple list you can easily access, there’s no reason to forget your plans and goals. Take a look at your list often.

3. We all know how easy it is to get distracted from our responsibilities, leading us to procrastinate. – Procrastination is a huge blow to productivity. It’s so common to start thinking up things we’d like to do rather than what we need to do, and unless we face severe consequences for putting something off, it’s a lot more pleasurable and easy to indulge in things we enjoy rather than work. So how do we keep from procrastinating? One of the biggest keys is to keep from overworking yourself. Put your best into your goals and projects, but make sure that you don’t push yourself too hard. Overworking yourself leads to making your work more and more dreaded, making the urge to procrastinate that much stronger. Set yourself up a schedule of work and play. Set aside points in your day meant for time off and things you enjoy. If you’re not missing out on all the things you like doing, you’ve got a lot less of a chance to procrastinate because of them.

4. Even after making all the lists and schedules for getting your goals completed, the key is to actually start working towards them. This of course requires self-discipline and a good amount of willpower on your part, and nothing in any article can do that for you. But I do have a good little piece of advice to help you get things started. I once heard an old Chinese proverb that said, “It does not matter how slow you move, so long as you do not stop.” This is a great quote, and very true. Just make sure to accomplish something each and every day, no matter how big or small. Getting in the habit of achieving things each and every day is the most effective and quickest way to accomplishing all of your goals and desires.

5. Finally, create reminders of why you are doing what you are doing. Everyone has a reason for their actions, and everyone has things that motivate them. If you want a big promotion at work, occasionally think about how nice a new sports car would be, or about how much better your job would be. Stay in touch with your motivations – they will keep you going even when you’ve lost all will to continue forward. A motivated person is a powerful person, and is capable of doing anything they set their minds to. Don’t forget the purpose behind your project, and you’ll find it much easier to accomplish.

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