How to Increase Your Productivity and Your Income

If you want to increase your income, one of the best things you can do is increase your productivity. The two are connected. Here's how to do it.The mundane of daily life can take its toll on your productivity rather quickly.

We’ve all been there. You get settled into your routine, and after a while, you get into a bit of a slump.

The fire you possessed when you started your new job starts to wane a bit and you notice your productivity decreasing as well.

You don’t stop completely of course, but instead of consistently giving 100%, you fall into a pattern where you only work to complete the bare minimum.

This is especially true if you’re your own boss, work freelance, or rely on sales, as it can be difficult to stay motivated when you don’t have someone looking over your shoulder, or when you don’t have an absolute schedule.

Unfortunately, the more productive you are, the better your income is bound to be. Although it can be difficult to pull yourself out of a productivity rut, there are ways to do it.

Here are several ways you can increase your productivity and your income.

Wake Up Earlier

Yes, yes, I know that mornings suck. I’m not a morning person either. But there’s only 24 hours in a day, which means you have to use every precious moment you possibly can.

Even if it’s only thirty minutes, it can make all the difference in your whole day if you wake up earlier. If you find yourself rushing out the door without having time to eat, or if you find that you spend the first hour at your desk waking up, unable to begin your day yet, then this can be extremely beneficial to your productivity.

Wake up early so you have some time to really wake up, meditate, eat breakfast, or even exercise. If you start your day on the right note, you’ll find yourself more prepared and ready to get right to work as soon as you’re at your desk.

Or, on a more obvious note, wake up earlier to get started on work earlier. The sooner you get started, the more time you’ll have to complete everything you need to and more. This is when you’ll finally start to have time for those passion projects you’ve always wanted to do.

Be On the Lookout for Opportunity

Sometimes the cause of a slump is due to a lack of work outside your daily tasks. If this is the case, you may have to be the one who goes searching for new opportunities.

If you work for yourself, don’t just sit back waiting for clients to come to you, utilize your contact list and reach out to people. Having new and exciting projects to work on is often a motivating factor that can keep your routine fresh.

The same goes for you if you’re at a company. Don’t wait for your boss to come to you with new projects – figure out what it is you might like to work on or contribute to, and then go ask to be a part of the project.

More often than not, initiative like this is an admirable quality that many employers value, so by increasing your productivity, you increase your value to your employer, and eventually, your income.

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Increase Your Energy

You probably hear how important sleep is on a regular basis, however, it’s a truer statement than you may realize. Not being as healthy as you can be only serves to hold you back.

Try to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night, drink lots of water, exercise, and eat right. Sleep and exercise give you lots of energy, as well as a clearer mind to think straight, and possibly release your creativity for new ideas and projects.

Water is essential to staying healthy, as is eating right. Cut out the sugar as much as you can since that can cause mid-afternoon crashes, which hinder your productivity.

At the end of the day, an increase in energy is an increase in your productivity. Treating your body right is key to staying motivated.

Have a Set Schedule or List of Goals

Don’t aimlessly go through your day without a clear idea of what you want to accomplish. This is something I used to struggle with after becoming self employed.

Sure the flexibility of being your own boss is great, but you need some structure to your day to make sure you get things done.

Take time to write down your goals for the day, what projects you need to work on or complete, who you need to meet with or connect with, etc. Don’t let yourself quit until you’ve completed everything you can from your daily list.

If you have a solid list of tasks, you’ll naturally stay more productive. You’ll work to finish the list, which means you could complete twice as much as you normally might.

Furthermore, if you set your own schedule, make sure you give yourself set hours where work is your priority. If you merely work when you feel like it, it can be difficult to stay motivated or ever feel like beginning. Plus, distractions can get in the way rather quickly.

Know the hours you’re going to fully commit to work, and then turn off all other distractions or get out of the house if you need to. Do whatever you need to do to keep yourself on task.

Be Constantly Learning

A characteristic often found in successful people is their hunger to keep learning. They aren’t satisfied with the schooling they’ve had thus far or the skills they’ve already acquired. They desire to learn all they can about their business or field, or sometimes, everything outside of their field as well.

Whether you take advantage of a company education program, put yourself back in school, use a site like Coursera (which offers free and paid classes from an array of universities on a variety of topics), or simply read, you should work to keep furthering your skills and education.

By doubling your knowledge, you double your productivity and value. You can learn new skills to further your position or ways to handle and invest your money. However you use your education, you can be sure to increase your productivity and income.

Motivating yourself and staying productive sometimes seems like an impossible task. However, it’s important to realize that in your work, increased productivity is the surefire way to increase your income.

That being said, instead of letting yourself fall into a productive rut, consider a few of these suggestions to keep yourself energized and excited as much as you can.

How have you helped increase your own productivity? How do you keep yourself motivated?