Everyone is always looking to perform better and there are thousands of articles online that talk about this. Whether this is someone’s million-dollar productivity system, or someone talking about productivity hacks, many tend to go over the top for what is actually needed to perform better and feel better. This past week, for example, I returned to a simple to-do list with a slight twist to it as I outlined in this Medium post.
The results thus far got me to list off 8 items to finish up for this week. Through that list – with some adjustments upon reflection – I completed 6 of the 8 items. The idea for me isn’t to knock out every single item on that list, but rather to get a sense that I am being more productive and doing things that matter all the while.
And looking over that week, I felt that was especially the case.
A small thing can make all the different in a productivity system. As a result, I would encourage you to incorporate all 4 of these things into your productivity wheelhouse if you want to perform better than ever before.
Focus On Consistency And Process
This is one of the aspects that I employed on my to-do list this week. About halfway through this past week, I realized that I had a little too much work planned for myself. What seemed like a reasonable amount of work at the beginning of the week suddenly felt overwhelming.
So I reduced the number of articles I told myself to write from 16 down to 9. It was a big cut, but context is important and it’s crucial when you’re focusing on consistency and the process.
The process – or rather the objective – of my to-do list is to merely get back into a writing rhythm. To be doing more than publishing on Medium and calling it a day. I wanted to be writing more than just one article. Two or three would be much better.
When it comes to the process, you have to remember what your initial intention is and interpret it in different ways. This is huge because I’ve said plenty of times how people can go overboard with their to-do lists.
Once you find a good and reasonable process, the next thing is consistency. It’s generic advice, but it’s still effective and reliable. Productivity is being able to do the thing you want to be doing consistently but also having surrounding things that make doing the thing easier to do in the first place.
I plan to keep using my to-do list strategy and with this slight shift in mindset, I should be able to stay more on top of the work that I have and ensure I’ve got a steady flow of work throughout the week.
The second thing you want to be doing is sleeping more. Sleep is necessary for so many things but the big thing is that it helps you to function properly. This advice is often neglected because productivity gurus are always aiming to try and get more out of everything.
Many will go as far as to suggest to be sleeping more or just sleeping more hours within every hour. As if your body could even do that.
Ideally, you want to be aiming for seven to eight hours. Ensure you’re getting enough sleep and you’ll wake up refreshed and energized.
Eat Simple, Whole Foods
On top of good sleeping, eating good foods will make a significant difference as well. I’m of the mind that generally any fruit or vegetable with some protein is ideal. You don’t need to be a master chef to whip up something delicious. I’ve got a cookbook that asks for as little as three ingredients to make a meal.
At the end of the day, eating better foods is going to help you perform better. Your body will get the valuable nutrients it needs and will use that to keep you going. And if you can afford the markup, consider going for purely organic fruits and veggies.
Work With People Who You Trust
Finally, the last big factor to performing better is to ensure the people around you are people that you trust. Friends are important, but so are the people around you. If you’re an entrepreneur, you need to consider not only the person’s performance but also the individual’s personality.
Is this someone that you know you can give something and they’ll do everything they can to get it done? How much do you trust this person if you took a day off?
Every business thrives as a collective whole. It just so happens that one person has to be the face of the company and take the lead. Even so, no one person’s success is just from their own drive or that they were able to perform better. No, they ensured that everyone around them was also doing everything that it takes to get there too.
Feel Better, Perform Better
I know there are other lists to perform better out there of course. But the big thing to remember is that growth in any aspect isn’t some complex thing. Sure, it’s challenging in some areas. But at the end of the day, these are gimmicky things. These are basic things.
And from my experience, nailing the basics creates a solid foundation for everything great that is to come.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon