Are you ready to have your most productive year ever? Well get ready my friend and DON’T WAIT for a special occasion or a “new” year – start your most productive year RIGHT NOW!
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How To Have Your Most Productive Year Ever
So often we have a vague idea of what we want. Clearly defining our heart’s desire will help us move forward in a purposeful direction.
Take some time to sit down, close your eyes, and really envision what you truly want to achieve in a year’s time. Do you desire a new house? Do you want a new job? Do you want to start a blog?
Think on those vague desires you have and really try to pinpoint EXACTLY what you would like to achieve. If you want a new job, what job? Where will it be? What type of office? Or if you’re dreaming of a new house, where is it? What does it look like? How many rooms does it have?
Get really specific on what if is that you are trying to bring about in your life.
Once you are clear about where you want to end up, it will be much easier to figure out what you need to do in order to get there. So often we set off blindly for vague destinations and we get lost along the way. Clearly defining our heart’s desire gives us purpose and an end-point to work towards.
Once you have gotten really specific on what you want, visualize those things.
Visualize the new house, or job, or business. See it in your head.
Then, take all of your ideas and make a Vision Board. Your vision board can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. Find images in magazines, newspapers, the internet, or hand drawn that represent the things you want to accomplish this year. Glue them to a piece of poster-board or pin them to a bulletin board.
Hang your vision board somewhere that you will see it multiple times a day.
The purpose is to fix these images in your mind so that your thoughts and actions will always be attuned to achieving these goals. By visualizing these goals you are working towards manifesting them everyday.
Use a Planner
Using a daily planner is the easiest way to stay productive and get things done. Plus it eases stress because everything you need is all contained right inside your planner (or your planning app).
I personally use and recommend the Erin Condren Life Planner. I’ve tried a lot of different planners throughout the years and this is the one that I’ve found is the most helpful for staying organized and productive.
Related Post: Staying Organized with the Erin Condren Life Planner
I’ve also found that The Productivity Planner is a neat and compact way to stay organized and focus on what’s important.
When choosing a day planner, take the time to think about past planning systems. What did you like about them and what would you change? There are sooooo many planners out there now that there’s surely one that will work for you.
The key to planning is consistency. Make it a habit to visit your planner at least once a day.
Invest in Yourself
If you don’t take care of yourself it will be mighty hard to be your most productive. Burning the candle at both ends may seem like a good idea in the moment but it always has a way of coming back to bite you.
Slow down, work on priority tasks instead of “everything.” Most importantly, work on yourself.
Read a new book, take a course, start a yoga practice. Do something that will nurture your brain and your soul.
Some of my favorite self-help/productivity books are:
- “Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business”
- “You Are a Bad-Ass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life”
- “The Organizing Sourcebook: Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your Life”
What are some of your best productivity tips? Let us know in the comments below.
10 thoughts on “How To Have Your Most Productive Year Ever”
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Great post! I always find that using a planner makes me feel so much more productive! I love spending time planning out my day, then I know what I’m doing when I wake up! Thanks for sharing!
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AWESOME!! I’ve really been buckling down this year and, we may only be a few weeks in, but I’m already seeing the difference! For a long time, I was stuck in the mentality that planners were useless, but now that I’m using one for the first time – I can’t live without it. It’s the ONLY way I stay on track!! Thanks so much for sharing this <3
Absolutely! Yeah, it takes a bit of commitment but once you get into the flow of using a planner they become super important.
This is a great post! I NEED a planner. For two years I’ve been using notebooks but I think I need to step it up and get myself a planner! Thanks for the recommendation!
I love this post, I think that investing in yourself is the most important. It’s about time I start doing this with me.
I am a big planner from daily life with to do lists to calendars and more. I also plan things a little farther out if I have to budget or schedule things. This year I did a vision board so I could be visual about my overall goals.
Great tips! I recently bought a planner, which is already helping me and the year JUST started!
Being specific and realistic about goals is so important to their success. I also couldn’t agree more about investing in yourself. Intentionality is key!
I love You Are a Badass! This is my first year using a planner and am so excited to see my dreams come to life.