So after talking about 5 ways to boost your productivity in the first part, here are a few more hacks.
6. Don’t break the chain.
It’s also known as Seinfeld’s productivity secret.
What you need is a big wall calendar. Decide what the thing you want to do more and better is and put a big X each day you do it. Soon you’ll have a chain (after a week or two) that you will see every time you pass the calendar and wouldn’t want to break.
The point is that everyone enjoys seeing all his efforts at one place which in this case is the days you’ve been doing the activity (exercising, dieting, writing, etc.) As the chain grows larger, you’re less likely to break it. Because once you do, you will feel like all the work so far doesn’t count. Which, of course, is not true, but it’s a little trick to deceive our brain into being motivated and more productive and to continue doing the task every day.
Not doing it for a day means there will be no X on the calendar and the chain is broken. That makes it easier for you to skip a second one, and a third one.
But all that also makes you stick to the schedule as you’re proud of yourself and happy with the results. Being reminded of what you’ve achieved so far gives you the power to keep moving forward.
Your progress is visible and that helps you stay on track. The bigger the chain, the better the result.
7. Do the hard things first.
All experts in the area suggest doing the tasks you hate the most first thing in the morning so that for the rest of the day you will have to do easier things or stuff you enjoy.
It’s hard at first. That’s why it’s better to just rush into it without thinking too much and get that thing done. Otherwise you’ll put it off for later. And the more you procrastinate, the more you stress about it, think about it and ruin your whole day.
And after you’re done with it, your day will be much more relaxed, productive and successful.
It’s also a great way to start your day as it boosts your productivity and fuels you for the next tasks on the list.
I love that rule because it’s so true and we rarely realize it before we really think about it.
It says that only 20% of the activities we do are worthwhile and are what brings 80% of the results. The other 80% lead to only 20% of the final result and only waste your time.
This can apply to anything.
If you focus only on the 20% of your clients that bring 80% of the revenue, and invest more time in building these relationships, your results will multiply.
The other 80% of the people that use your service or else are not that important.
What you need to do to increase your productivity is to identify what the 20% consist of (whatever area you’re working on), and focus on that while you eliminate the rest or stop paying so much attention to it and waste time and effort.
9. Plan and make a list.
Sounds simple but really works.
Make a detailed plan of the things you have to do from the night before. Write it down.
This way you will know what to do in each moment of the day, the things will be in some order, and you won’t be wondering what to do in the gaps between.
You don’t need to memorize them. Just carry a notebook or list with you wherever you go and cross the things out once you’ve completed them.
10. Eliminate distractions.
That’s a big issue these days with all the technologies we’re surrounded by.
Constantly receiving notifications from different sources can be quite distracting. So try to turn the sound off while you’re working on something important. Do everything possible to be focused because otherwise the task won’t be completed properly.
Use software or different applications that don’t allow you to go online for a fixed period of time. This way you can work on your writing, for example, without having the chance to just check your email or social media and find yourself browsing without purpose again.
Usually the simplest way is the best. So give these hacks techniques a try, if you haven’t already. I hope they will help you do all your tasks better, in no time, with less effort and more focus.
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