It’s true for everybody: some days are super-productive; and others, not so much. We all have our moments. But what if you could put a gold star on every day?

Here’s a hint: this isn’t about how technology or apps are going to make your life easier. It’s not about motivation, because that’s something you just can’t maintain—at least, not consistently. What it is about is your mindset.

The truth is, you can train yourself to switch gears at the right time and boost productivity in the process, even when motivation is in low gear. All it takes is a little practicality and some creative thinking to keep those sparks flying.

Here are our top tips on how to boost your productivity every single day:

 

1. Accept that you will fail

You probably know some successful people. They are that way for a reason – and it’s not because they have horseshoes or a crystal ball. What they do have is perseverance. They don’t give up, even when the going gets tough. If they face rejection, they keep trying until they get results. One of the things that makes it easy for them to keep on going is that they have a system in place for when failure looms. When it does happen, they default to their system and carry on.

How to do this:

  1. Make a list of everything you need to do to reach your target.
  2. Template those steps so you can maintain the pace.

 

For instance, say you are trying to land an agent or a publisher for your book. First, you would make a list of your prospects. You would then prepare your query letter and make sure your manuscript is ready to go. If you receive a rejection, you don’t linger on it, you just move on to the next name on the list.

 

2. Calendar your tasks

Scheduling your tasks is a helpful exercise, especially if you have several different projects on the go at any given time. It also helps to alleviate any burnout you might feel with any one task.

How to do this:

  1. Put your tasks into your calendar or to-do list.
  2. Allocate a set amount of time for each task.
  3. Set an alarm so that you switch gears after, say, a couple of hours (or whatever works for you).

 

When you’re aware of what you have on your plate ahead of time, you won’t be as likely to lose faith and do nothing when your momentum starts to wane.

 

3. Resist the urge to multitask

Multitasking may seem like a good idea and, for a while, you might actually get a lot accomplished. But it’s not sustainable. Taking on multiple tasks at once will only slow down your work on all of them.

How to do this: give each task 100 percent of your focus, and you’ll be knocking them down like toy soldiers.

 

Do you have any productivity tips you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about them! Reach out today to learn more about how Lakeside Executive Suites helps you get more done.