7 Hacks For Your Productivity
Because every second of every day is valuable and a resource you will never get back, here is an infographic showing how to get the most out of these seconds. The options for producing more output is as follows: work harder or work smarter... or both! Increasing productivity is a combination of discipline and execution. Here is our list of the top 7 Hacks For Your Productivity!
- Turn off notifications.
No one can be expected to resist the constant stream of notification. The light goes off, you feel the phone buzz in your pocket and you stop what you’re doing to check it. Even if you don’t stop, you are stuck thinking about who text or emailed you and what they could want. These alerts on your phone cause distractions after which can take up to 15 minutes to re-focus
- Be proactive, not reactive
Don’t let things determine how you spend your day. Have a plan of attack at the start of each day, and then do your best to stick to it. You have to be the cause of things, not the effects. If you MUST react to something that may have come up, it’s best to carve out an amount of time you need to play defense, rather than offense making things happen.
- Take regular breaks.
Short breaks during long tasks help you to maintain a constant level of performance; while working on a task without breaks leads to a steady decline in performance. Short 15 minute breaks work very well. Be mindful of the level of productivity that you’re performing and if you notice a decline take a breather. No need to be a hero.
- Time block.
Use tools like google calendar to know exactly how much time you spend on daily tasks, including social media, email, breaks and long periods of immersion. If you want to get crazy with this one, you can even go as far as blocking out how long you’re going to take a shower, eat food, or sit on the toilet.
- Work in 90-minute intervals
Elite performers who work in intervals of no more than 90-minutes are more productive than those who work 90 minutes-plus. Why do you think that most college courses are instructed in 90 minute lectures? It’s because our brains are wired to be able to hold deep focus for 90 minutes at a time.
- Self-imposed deadlines
For open-ended tasks or projects, giving yourself a deadline you may be surprised to discover just how focused and productive are. The key here is to adhere to the deadline as if someone important (you) gave it to you, and you fear the repercussions that would happen if you missed this deadline.
7. Give up the illusion of perfection
Rather than wasting time chasing after the illusion of pourfection, bang out your task to the best of your ability and move on. If you really mess up you can always go back and fix it. IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY. The point here is to not be afraid to take massive action, waste time, and hide under the pretense of wanting things to be perfect.