30 Tips to Supercharge Your Productivity Starting Right Now
how To Be More Productive, Starting now.
We’re always trying to increase our productivity. 99.999% of the time we know exactly what to do and yet we don’t do it. The struggle is real.
So just in case you landed here because you were procrastinating while trying to be productive, here are 30 tips to help supercharge your productivity starting RIGHT NOW.
1 | Track Your Time
Keep track of how you are spending your time. You might think you know how you are spending it but it’s not until you fully put yourself under a microscopic lens that you see all the wasted pockets of time.
2 | Email Management
Set aside specific times to handle email. If you make it clear to your contacts, they will respect your time. Any urgent notifications can be pushed through to text.
3 | Break It Down
Instead of letting one massive task overwhelm you, break it down into small bite size chunks. Give yourself small time windows to focus on each little task. It’s less overwhelming and will keep you productive.
4 | Set time limits
Set limits and expectations for meetings or any task upfront. This ensures they are timely, focused and productive. If it’s appropriate, batch your work so you are doing the same thing on the same day(s) each week to fully utilize your time.
5 | Enjoy Your Work
Give yourself freedom and time to let your creativity flow. This may sound counter-active but it’s one of the best ways to re-energise and give yourself a boost that can often double your activity when you get back to the important tasks.
6 | Unapologetic Nos
Stop saying yes to be polite. You don’t have to give huge explanations. It’s your right and your choice. Choose to say ‘no’ to things that do not help you on your mission.
7 | Life Gives You Lemons
When life gives you lemons, drink them. Drink water with lemon when you first wake up, this really helps you kickstart your day.
8 | Ban Morning Notifications
Avoid checking social media or email when you first wake up. It will either stress you out or lead to mindless scrolling at your prime productive time.
Use the morning when you have the most energy and focus to complete the essential tasks of the day. Only then can you take a social media break.
9 | Be Positive
It sounds fluffy, it’s not. It’s essential to a productive day. You have to eliminate all the negative noise around you. It will absolutely drain your energy and impact how much work you can get done in a day.
10 | 25 Minute Rule
If you are working intensely, remember to take quick breaks every 25 minutes. This is known as Pareto’s rule of productivity.
Stretch, grab a glass of water and just give your mind a few minutes break. Meditating during this time is a good option too.
11 | Be Strict
Give yourself strict deadlines that don’t allow time for worrying or procrastination. It’s amazing how much you can do when you really have to.
12 | Use Tools
Trello and Asana are great FREE sites for project management. Use this to organise your to-do lists. This is a great way to prioritize and ensure everything that needs to be done get’s done.
13 | Plan Ahead
Take 10 minutes to plan your tomorrow, today. That way, you have a clear head and are ready to start work in the morning.
14 | Reward Yourself
Don’t crowd your to do list. Pick 3-5 tasks that are a priority and focus on them. If you finish early, don’t look for more to do. Instead, reward yourself. This will keep you motivated, rested and ready to go the next day.
15 | Create Habits
If you don’t like doing something but it’s important, do it more. Turn it into a habit; something you do on autopilot without thinking. This will make you productive and efficient during the task and avoid your mind drifting to all the other ways you’d rather be spending your time.
16 | Outsource
If you aren’t good at doing something, delegate it when you can. Outsource the task to a specialist who can do it in half the time. That will free up your time and energy to do what you do best.
17 | Stay Focused
Set yourself time limits for each task. This will help you to eliminate distractions and stay productive. You can use the StayFocused app to shut off distracting websites while you work.
18 | Disconnect
Ensuring your mindset is in check is essential to productivity. Sometimes that means disconnecting you wifi to reconnect to yourself.
Spend 60 minutes a day free from people and technology. Rest your mind. Meditate. Find your ground. You’ll be able to show up as your best, most productive self as a result.
19 | Sleep Easy
Ensure you get at least 7 hours (or your optimal amount) of sleep each night. You will be far more alert and on the ball. You’ll easily double the productivity you’d be able to achieve on no sleep. Remember, it’s not the hours you work in a day but how you spend them that count.
20 | Don’t Sweat It!
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Just start. Take your most important task and begin. If you reach a tough spot, have faith you’ll figure it out in the end. Do what you can with what you have right now.
21 | Stay Present
Try to focus your mind on right now. Be present and really concentrate on the task at hand. It’s amazing how much time we waste when we allow our minds to go off track.
22 | Optimize for You
Work to your own body clock and idea environment. You should never live your life on another person’s agenda. If you know which hours you are most productive in a day, work on your most important tasks then.
23 | Eliminate Balance
When it comes to work-life balance, it’s easy to create stress unnecessarily by trying to compartmentalise work time from family time. Sometimes the lines aren’t so fixed and that’s okay. Instead of trying to live in the black and white, explore the grey and find what works for you.
24 | Goal, Set & Track
Each week, have a CEO date with your life where you take control of where you’re at. Set goals, the main tasks you need to complete to set those goals and an accountability checklist to keep you on track throughout the week.
25 | Structure
Create an organised system for completing tasks. This will help you move forward in an efficient, streamlined manner. It also avoids wasting pockets of time wondering exactly which task needs to be completed next.
26 | Stay 3D
It’s easy to become one dimensional when you run a business. However, our creativity comes from learning in new ways through new experiences exploring areas we don’t know.
This is the reason you have your best ideas when you switch off.
27 | Value Your Time
Your greatest resource in life is time. It’s the one thing that you can’t have more of so remember to value it. Spend your time wisely. Invest in people who invest in you and avoid those dealing in counterfeit.
28 | One Thing At A Time
Stop multitasking. Multitasking is a proven myth. That means every time you try to do multiple things at once, you’re wasting time switching your focus and you’re compromising the quality of the finished output of each one of those tasks.
Focus on one thing at a time. The end result will be far superior.
29 | Stop Having Meetings
Stop having meetings that are unnecessary. Everyone’s busy and people understand if you can’t always meet. Often a quick phone call or email exchange is enough.
If you do have meetings, keep them short, structured and to the point.
30 | Prioritize
What’s the most important task you have to do? Figure it out and do that. Everything else is second. If you complete the most important, biggest task first thing in the morning, you’ll be able to get through everything else with ease.
There you have it. 30 tips to help supercharge your productivity starting right now. Time to stop reading and get to work!