Make a to-do list.
When you’re working a full-time job, mornings and evenings might be the only components of the day under your control. Take advantage of this time by staying organized and pinpointing daily priorities. Clear and Evernote are two apps that allow users to create a checklist of tasks. Creating an in-app list before bed allows you to clear your head while sufficiently planning ahead. During sleep, your brain processes and prioritizes some of these tasks even though you don’t realize you are thinking about them
Multitasking divides your attention. If you stretch yourself too thin, you'll feel ineffective and frustrated because you've focused on the product over the process. The anxiety you feel when procrastinating is caused by pain in the insular cortex portion of the brain. It sends warning signals that cause stress as you worry about the end product. Think instead of one task and the process you need to accomplish that goal, and you'll experience that anxious feeling less often. Not surprisingly, directing less mental energy to stressors ultimately helps you increase overall efficiency and achieve more.... Focus, focus, focus. ... Tools such as the Pomodoro Technique become null and void if you fail to block out internal and external distractions. Your culprits might be chatty coworkers, social media, emails, a quick check on the game score -- the list goes on. Don’t be reactive. To fully avoid temptation, silence your phone, turn off notifications and download applications that help you manage your incoming messages. Inbox Pause lets you put emails temporarily on hold. If you’re eager to read an interesting article, drop it in the Pocket app, which stores content for later viewing. ...and then break it!
It's unrealistic to demand daylong, dedicated focus. That's why the Pomodoro Technique and other time-management systems incorporate frequent breaks. These reprieves allow Your mind to rest and shift to a diffused mode. They reward you for concentrating. When it’s time to break focus, do all the things that otherwise would have functioned as distractions. Go for a walk, meditate, such breaks are essential to recuperating
Look in the mirror...that’s your COMPETITION. The only person you need to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.
The principle is about competing against YOURSELF. It’s about self-improvement, development, and growth. It’s about being better NOW than you were BEFORE.