creative ways to get things done

5 Creative Ways to Get More Done and Have More Fun

1. Keep a journal

5 ways to get more done

You can’t improve that which you don’t track, and the best way to track your productivity is to keep a journal. Keep a notebook beside you all through your work day. Open it in the morning and put the day’s date in at the top of a fresh page.

Scribble down everything you do, along with any notes you want to make: (E.g. “Got interrupted by phone call from bank. 10 min.”)

When you first purchase a notebook for journaling your workday, keep it simple. It doesn’t have to be a fancy journal. (In fact, that can be so intimidating you can’t bring yourself to write in it.) A simple school exercise book or calendar – one that opens and lies flat on your desk – will do nicely.

2. Start a “Book of Achievements”

getting things doneWe all feel out of sorts and non-productive from time to time. You can minimize this and get yourself back on track quickly by keeping a Book of Achievements. You can make this purely for work; or mix and match work, hobbies, exercise and life.

Whenever you hit a milestone – no matter how small – or achieve something you’re proud of, write it in your Book of Achievements. When you are feeling frustrated, you can haul out your book and remind yourself of all the wonderful things you have accomplished.

Hint: Make THIS journal your fancy one!

3. Get out of your chair

Sitting at your desk all day is conducive to “tunnel vision.”  This is when you are so focused on a task, all else is excluded from your consciousness.

It’s also when you lose sight of the overview – of other tasks you have to do, and even of physical discomfort.

So get up out of your chair, stretch, go in another room, walk round the house and help yourself to a fresh glass of water. Notice the weather outside. Water your plants.

You’ll come back to your desk refreshed and ready to take on the next task on your list.

4. Eat sensibly

This is one 6-Waterof the most helpful actions you can take during the day to maximize mental alertness and physical well-being.

Don’t skip meals. You need the break, as well as the nutrients.

Don’t eat at your desk, either. Physically move yourself to a more relaxing environment.

Set a place for yourself at the dining room table, even – and use the best china.

Pay attention to what you’re eating. Enjoy it.

And drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Dehydration is a common state for many people (especially office workers). And it affects mental alertness and clarity of thinking, as well as causing headaches. (A dash of lemon juice, or substituting some of your water with mineral or soda water helps, if you’re not a water drinker.)

5. Make use of goals and rewards

You likely have a goal for your business or a project – but make sure your day contains goals and rewards too.

Your reward could be as simple as a cup of iced tea on the patio or a bubble bath – but make sure you acknowledge your achievements in this tangible way.