We all need a productivity boost now and then sometimes throughout the day. We each want to be productive for very personal reasons to accomplish more, to make more money, to get done earlier to make more time for our personal lives, to accomplish our goals.
But whatever the reason, these Productivity Hacks will do the trick. Here they are, in reverse order.
#10: Take care of your Most Important Things first. Your Most Important Things for the day the things you most need to accomplish that day should take priority over everything else. However, we all know that fires come up throughout the day, interruptions through phone calls and email and people dropping by, new demands that will push the best-laid plans aside. If you put off your MITs until later in the day, you will end up not doing them much of the time.
# 9: Wake up early. Decide what youd like to accomplish each morning, and build your morning routine around that. Like to exercise? Put that in there. Healthy breakfast? Go for it. Check email? Fine. The mornings are a fresh start, peaceful and free of ringing phones and constant email notifications. If you get your Most Important Things done in the morning, the rest of the day is just gravy.
# 8: Simplify information streams, crank through blogs & email. Think about all the information you receive (email, blogs, newsletters, mailing lists, magazines, newspapers and more) and edit brutally. You will drastically reduce the time you spend reading. For everything else that begins to come in after your editing process, ask yourself if you really need to be getting that information regularly. Most of the time the answer is no. Now, after this process, you should be left with less to read. Heres the next step: crank through it all, really only reading the really interesting ones.
# 7: Declutter your workspace; work on one thing at a time. The decluttering your work space part of it is simply to remove all extra distractions, on your desk and on your computer. If youā™ve got a clean, simplified workspace, you can better focus on the task at hand.
# 6: Get to work early; work fewer hours. My best days come when I get into work early, and begin my work day in the quiet morning hours, before the phones start ringing and the din of the office begins it crescendo to chaos. It is so peaceful, and I can work without interruption or losing focus. I often find that I get my MITs done before anyone comes in, and then the rest of the day is dealing with whatever comes up (or even better: getting ahead for the next day).
# 5: Avoid meetings; when you must meet, make it effective. I find it best to say no to meetings up front. I just say, Sorry, I cant make it. Im tied up with a project right now. And thats always true. Ive always got projects Im working on that are more important than a meeting.
# 4: Avoid unnecessary work. If we just do any work that comes our way, we can be cranking out the tasks, but not be productive at all. Youre only productive if you are doing work that moves you towards a goal. Eliminate non-essential tasks from your to-do lists, and start to say no to new requests that are non-essential.
# 3: Do the tough tasks first. You know what those tasks are. What have you been putting off that you know you need to do? Sometimes when you put things off, they end up being things you donā™t really need to do. But sometimes they are things you just gotta do. Those are your tough tasks.
# 2: Work off-line as much as possible. To increase your productivity, disconnect your Internet connection. Have scheduled times when you re going to check your email, and only let yourself check your blogs or surf the web when you ve gotten a certain amount done. When you do go online, do it on a timer. When the timer goes off, unplug again until the next scheduled time.
# 1: Do something youre passionate about. This might not seem like the normal productivity tip, but give it a thought: if you really want to do something, you ll work like hell to get it done. You ll work extra hard, you ll put in even more hours, and you re less likely to procrastinate. Its for work that you dont really care about that you procrastinate. Read the full post for tips on how to find your dream job and do work you truly care about.