Do you ever feel like your to-do list is too long? Or realize that you are so overwhelmed that you would rather just take a nap? It can be easy for schedules to fill up and for the motivation to go down. The hustle and bustle of everyday activities like work, house needs, family time, social time and me time can be hard to balance and may have a direct impact on your efficiency. Try adding these simple tips into your day-to-day activities and watch your productivity improve.

There are many things that have an impact on your brain’s ability to focus. Stress, deadlines, well-being and even personal reasons can cause a lack of focus. Find what helps you be productive and surround yourself in that environment. Don’t forget to break strategically. When your brain begins to feel stuck, walk away and clear your mind, then come back with a fresh approach. Consider relaxing music, a hot cup of coffee or a cold glass of water and a clean work space. A good work out can help your focus and productivity as well. Get your sweat on and be at the top of your game.

Recognize when you’re at the top of your game and work hard at those times. Is it first thing in the morning? Right after a workout? Maybe, it’s right after lunch? There are times you feel more motivated, so listen to your body and act at those moments. Not only is it important to find the time when you feel at your prime, but it’s equally as important to find what drives you. What is it that motivates you? Do you have a specific goal in mind that pushes you to work harder in order to get to it? Focus on these.

Realize what it is that takes precedence, then treat that as priority number one, and the rest can follow suit. This can be applied in the work place or at home. It can be an urgent report your boss is mandating by end of day, or a load of wash that needs to happen in order to have clean towels. To help keep track of all your tasks and priorities, set goals and timelines in order to accomplish them; a calendar or list can be a great place to keep these. Another key player is rest, make sure to prioritize an adequate amount of sleep each night in order to keep your brain in tip-top shape.

Don’t forget to set limits. This can be applied to the amount of time you work on a specific project, or even simply saying “No,” because you don’t have the time. Don’t fool yourself by piling on clutter or too much to handle. A motivating tip: If it takes a minute or two to do, do it now! Why keep pushing off something that would take the amount of time to put your coat and shoes on? Acting on a simple task immediately will go a long way in being productive.

Being productive is defined by achieving a significant result. Just remember to focus and prioritize, then find your motivation and go!