Smart and Unusual Techniques on How to Be More Productive 83

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Productivity is all about single-tasking, knowing when’s the right time to do stuff, focusing on your current activity, boosting your energy level, prioritizing and being able to start without procrastinating.

But there are also some practical tips you can use in order to get more done in less time.

All the tasks we do during the day can be completed in a better, smarter, faster and easier way. You just need to implement some new techniques.

All of the following methods are taken from people who have already benefited from them.

15 Techniques to Increase Your Productivity

Tips #1-4 by Ludvig Sunström from
These tricks are just a few of what he writes about in his free eBook “75 Practical Self-Development Tips”, which you can get once you subscribe to his blog.

1. Find your prime time.

The first thing you must do to become productive is to find your prime time.

This is the time of the day when you are the most productive; when your energy levels and your mental focus are at their peak.

For most people this time is in the morning. Especially so if you skip breakfast and/or consume stimulants.

2. Create a not to-do list.

Sometimes it’s easier to tell yourself what NOT to do, than what to do. Because there’s so much you know you should be doing, and you simply don’t have the time to do all of it at the same time. But, you CAN avoid doing the things you know you’re NOT supposed to be doing.

3. Don’t do more than 1-3 big things per day

Because if you do, you’ll not be able to reach a state of cumulative concentration.

You see, concentration and creativity are often built up over time. This means that you’ll be more efficient by spending your time focusing on a few things per day than you will be by doing many things. Because if you do many things it’s less likely that you ever get into a state of high concentration where you do really productive work.

4. Take 5-30 min power naps.

This can increase your total output in terms of mental focus and energy levels throughout the day.

Beware of power napping for longer than 30 minutes, because that will often make you even more tired than when you began the power nap.

Tips #5-7 by Dan from TropicalMBA. They are part of the post An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Being Productive.

5. When the winds of passion are blowing, put your sails up.

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If I want to build something, write something, make a movie, write a song– I do it right then and there.

6. Get good at letting little bad things happen.

7. Before you go to bed, write down the three big, proactive things you’d like to get done the next day.

Tips #8-12 by Leo Babauta from

8. 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 don’t really need to do. But sometimes they are things you just gotta do. Those are your tough tasks.

Do them first thing in the day.

9. 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. Here’s the next step: crank through it all, really only reading the really interesting ones.

Editing and cranking through the information you receive can free up a lot of time for more important things — like achieving your goals.

10. 30-10.

I set a timer for 30 minutes, and then work like mad until the timer goes off. Then I set the timer for 10 minutes, and do something that I really want to do (email and feeds for me, maybe Twitter or Digg for you).

Repeat as often as necessary.

The key is sticking to your timer — don’t stop while the 30 minutes is still going, and don’t go beyond your 10-minute break.

11. Make quick decisions on things in your inbox, do not put them off.

Letting stuff pile up is procrastinating on making decisions.

Process your inboxes (email, physical, voicemail, notebook) at least once a day, and more frequently if needed. When you process, do it from the top down, making a decision on each item, as in GTD: do it (if it takes 2 minutes or less), trash it, delegate it, file it, or put it on your to-do list or calendar to do later.

12. Collect.

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Carry a small notebook (or whatever capture tool works for you) and write down any tasks, ideas, projects, or other information that pop into your head.

Get it out of your head and onto paper, so you don’t forget it.

When you get back to your home or office, empty your notes into your to-do list.

Tips #13-15 by Robin Sharma. Find more here.

13. Use your commute time.

If you’re commuting 30 minutes each way every day – get this: at the end of a year, you’ve spent 6 weeks of 8 hour days in your car.

I encourage you to use that time to listen to fantastic books on audio + excellent podcasts and valuable learning programs.

Remember, the fastest way to double your income is to triple your rate of learning.

14. Get lost.

Don’t be so available to everyone.

I often spend hours at a time in the cafeteria of a university close to our headquarters. I turn off my devices and think, create, plan and write.

Zero interruptions. Pure focus. Massive results.

15. Workout 2X a day.

Exercise is one of the greatest productivity tools in the world.

So do 20 minutes first thing in the morning and then another workout around 6 or 7 pm to set you up for wow in the evening.

In the end, we all need to try different techniques and find out what works best for us.

So I hope you enjoyed the tips I collected and at least 1 or 2 grabbed your attention. Give them a try.

Can you add another one? What do you do that helps you be more productive?

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health 21

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health

While most people pay the most attention to their physical health and work hard to achieve a healthy body, they often overlook the potential mental health issues that may have been well tucked away.

Understanding and paying sufficient attention to your mental health issues is an action that should be prioritized in every situation. What could seem like the simplest mental health problem to you might actually be affecting your life in more ways that you can imagine.

Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t ignore the signs.

1. It Is Way More Common Than You Believe.

You might think that mental illness is not present in many situations but the truth is that almost everyone has or is facing such an issue.

In fact, one in five Americans suffers from some type of mental illness. The saddest part about this though, is that very few of them seek treatment.

The person affected by the illness can even be one of your family members. Sadly, symptoms are easy to hide and even people who are severely depressed can mask their health issues from their families and avoid getting help.

2. It Can Also Affect Your Physical Health.

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It is known from a long time ago that the connection between the mind and the body is strong. Any sort of physical distress can have a huge effect on your capability to work or focus on things around you. Following this same rule, any sort of mental problem can easily affect your physical health too.

The first few things that a mental illness will affect are your mood, energy levels, sleep cycles, appetite and quite possibly your sex drive. Along with these problems and as a result of them, your immune system can also be affected and that can lead to more often colds and an overall impairment of your physical health.

People who face mental illnesses are often left unmotivated and drained of energy.

The illness blurs your mind so much that you have no energy left to function properly in your everyday life. Ask any person that has faced a major depression and they will tell you just how much they let themselves go and how they stopped caring about simple everyday things, such as brushing their teeth or taking a shower.

Physical symptoms won’t take long to appear and you will simply keep increasing your risk factor of a number of health problems such as heart disease or heart palpitations, insomnia and fatigue. It is very important that you ask for help if you feel such symptoms arising. Make sure that you consult a board-certified practitioner to be certain that a mental problem is not the cause of them.   

3. It Plays an Important Role in Your Success.

One of the most frequent symptoms of a mental illness is the lack of motivation. You just feel so tired of everything, you find that you are not interested in what others are doing and you just end up losing interest in things you used to love.

The lack of mental health can, therefore, play a huge role in your success. No matter if you are a college student, an employee or a working parent, you can easily lose sense of what’s important to you and hinder your success in whatever role you might have.

In whichever situation you might be, you will definitely need to be able to be creative and productive. Your success in your studies or your workplace might be your only source of stability and income.

An untreated mental illness can be the reason behind your reduced productivity, your lack of creativity and your overall negative attitude towards your work.

Keep in mind that a large number of homeless people are those who are suffering from a mental illness but sadly left it untreated.

Looking for help and letting the mental health professionals guide you can take a lot of weight off your shoulders. It can help you see things from a different perspective and give you the courage and motivation you need to get back on track and find yourself again.

4. It Can Affect Your Relationship with Your Peers.

Most people who face a mental illness find themselves intimidated by social situations. Even spending time with friends or family can seem like a very tiring or pointless task and they will often opt out of it. It is important to remember that this does not apply only to depressed people, as many might think, but to a large area of mental issues.

Anxiety disorders can alienate a person from their circle because of the constant fear of something going wrong, of someone not liking them or of an overall new situation. It is very common for the solution to your mental health issue to be holding the key to you getting back your behavioral health.

Mental illness can also affect your relationship with your family.

Apart from losing contact with people you probably care about, you might even end up harming them more than you think. It is not rare to see a person struggle both financially but also emotionally when it comes to helping family members that are battling mental illness.

Another very important reason to not take your mental health lightly is for the sake of your children. It is very often reported that children of people who struggle with a mental illness are abused or neglected. That can play a huge role in their lives and affect their entire lives, from childhood to adulthood.

Make Your Mental Health an Everyday Goal!

There are many places to turn to for help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, otherwise known as NAMI, can be a great place to start. Through it, you can find a suitable medical center that will provide you with the suitable health services to help you regain your mental health.

It is important that you are not ashamed of your personal struggles or mental issues. Everything is part of the human nature and the fact that there are so many people available to help comes to show just how human this situation is and how much attention we, as a society, should be paying to this important issue.


Leona Henryson is a professional writer and passionate blogger. Her goal is to help people achieve their personal self-development and mental wellness.