Most people indulge in some amount of procrastination. Some of them even brag about it. Procrastination, however, is an enemy of productivity.
I had some of my most productive days when I was working and preparing for my masters at the same time. Blossom is a witness to this! I'd wake up at 4:30 or 5AM to study, start work at 9 or 10 AM, then go to college in the evening, come back and resume work (and study if I had any time left). I do not get stressed out easily – so that worked to my advantage I guess 😬
I've always known that time was precious and that I shouldn't waste it, but I generally followed my intuition. And intuitions can be stupid sometimes. For instance: I rarely watch TV shows or movies alone – because it makes me feel like I'm wasting my time. (In case I really want to, I'll binge watch so I get done with it asap. 😅)
Working on your productivity, however, calls for more than merely following baseless intuitions. It calls for knowing what your time is worth. Two years back, I read a blog post by Troy Hunt titled How I optimised my life to make my job redundant. He makes a point about how he knows what his time is worth – and that stuck with me ever since I read that post.
I remember striving for productivity. I'd plan the day and try to get more work done in less time, read what others had to say about time & productivity, and most importantly I'd spend a few minutes every night and think about how well I faired that day and how the next day could be better.
Here are a few things I find myself doing on my productive days:
If there was one single rule (by me) for getting the most out of your time, it'd be this:
Everything you do, do it with a purpose; because the moment you lose purpose you're going to begin procrastinating.