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next level productivity techniques

You may have developed some habits over the years that help you get things done and manage your time. You may also have followed some basic productivity techniques, rules and principles. Now, however, it’s time to take things to the next level.

It’s great that you’re waking up early and getting to work right away, using a to-do list, have a morning routine that helps you get things done in the early hours, know how to save time and don’t waste it in unproductive activities.

So, what’s next? There’s always a next level, right?

That’s also true for achieving more in life. You have all it takes to do even more productive work, to do it better and faster, to make the most of every minute of each day, and to be super effective.

Here are some tips to follow to improve your skills:

The Productivity Techniques That Will Help You Take Things to The Next Level

1. Improve your ability to focus.

Focus is crucial when it comes to working on something important. Distractions are everywhere and just saying we’ll do something about them isn’t enough.

You need to carefully identify each thing that’s preventing you from staying focused and take action to remove it.

Related: How to Stay Focused When There Are So Many Distractions

2. Take the 80/20 principle to the next level too.

Keeping in mind the 20% of what you do that gives you 80% of the results is the very first step to maximizing your efficiency. But you can benefit even more from this powerful principle.

Apply the 80/20 rule to any area of life you want to improve. Eliminate the 80% that only gives a small part of your progress. And do more of the rest that seems to be working pretty well.

3. Analyze how you spend your time.

A self-analysis can help you see what needs to be improved in your approach. You’ll also know what takes you more time than it should and can take action. It’s one of the most favorite productivity techniques successful people use.

Here are 12 questions to ask yourself every now and then that will help you choose the right strategy to follow to double your productivity.

4. Define the limit and the obvious way to improve it.

In this brilliant article Taylor Pearson talks about an interesting concept – thinking in limits.

“I’ve found that thinking in limits is frequently the best way to identify, and do, the obvious.

Once I’ve defined the problem as a system with limits, I have a desired outcome that I can, in Charlie Munger’s words, “think backwards” from to see what the limits are and re-allocate my energy to address the appropriate limit.”

The first examples he gives is connected to health, and more specifically, to our desire to get in shape.

He then describes a person who starts working out 6 times a week and still doesn’t see results after a month.

Here’s when we need to think about the current limit. In this case, the problem isn’t in not training enough, but the other two elements of getting fit and losing weight – a good night’s sleep and a proper diet.

“While we’re going to the gym six days a week, we’re going at 5am which means some days we only sleep five or six hours if we were up late the night before. We also treat ourselves to a scone from Starbucks after every workout.

An hour running on the treadmill will burn 400 calories. A scone from Starbucks has 400 calories which means we’re probably not going to lose any weight. The hormonal benefits of exercise are being counteracted by the lack of sleep. We’re spending more and more time exercising when the limit isn’t exercise at all.

If we fix our sleep and diet then we’ll get better results with the even less exercise. By cleaning up our diet and getting an extra couple hours of sleep every other night, even with no or a very modest amount of exercise, we start to see the pounds drop off.”

So, how can you apply that next level productivity technique to something you want to see progress with?

5. Find out the deeper reasons behind why you procrastinate.

Everyone procrastinates for 9 main reasons.

What we see in reality is things like:

  • not knowing where to start when having to work on a project;
  • not being motivated enough;
  • fearing we might fail;
  • not thinking we can complete the task properly;
  • seeing it as an obligation;
  • overthinking (imagining how things might go wrong, or else).

That’s what’s on the surface. But deeper in our subconscious mind are reasons like:

  • having unrealistic expectations;
  • not wanting to be judged;
  • a desire to impress others;
  • insecurity issues;
  • not knowing why we do what we do;
  • sabotaging our success;
  • not having the right mindset;
  • having regrets about the past.

So dig deeper and find the actual reason why you procrastinate. Then, be honest with yourself and find a reasonable solution.

Make sure you check out my book on how to kill procrastination if you can’t find the answer yourself. It’s a short, actionable and powerful read.

Which of these next level productivity techniques would give a try first? Why?

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How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off

Here are the things that helped me find focus and finally get to work:

Tip #1 Write it down.

When I say write it down I mean that whatever you want to do on the day or even the night before for the following day. Simply write exactly down what you want to do/achieve. This simple tip alone is almost like flicking a switch in your brain to do it.

Simply writing down your goals and your plans not only makes you think about the goals and the steps that you need to do to achieve them. Sometimes this can be a great way to realize exactly what you want and get you thinking of things you perhaps hadn’t thought of prior.

Not only this but there have been countless studies done showing that writing something down with greatly improve the chances of it coming to fruition than not writing it down at all.

The great thing about this is that it can be literally applied to many areas of like. You can write down your long-term goals or you can write down what you plan to do for the next day.

I, personally, do it every night after I am long finished with my work for that day. I set aside 5-10 minutes for writing down what I want to do tomorrow. The act itself cements it in your brain.

This is also a great way to help with procrastination. It’s almost like holding yourself accountable for it which I will get into more in my next point.

Tip #2 Hold yourself accountable.

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Holding yourself accountable to an overall goal or target can be an excellent way to actually push yourself to that point where you get to work consistently.

For example, let’s say I want to lose some weight and be on a particular diet to achieve that goal. Telling your friends and family that you are doing it makes you more accountable than doing it alone.

Your friends/family will often follow up with you about your progress. This is a constant kick up your ass to keep working towards your goal. Also, doing things like posting it on Facebook or somewhere where people can engage with you and follow your progress is great.

Ideally, having an accountability partner would be the best option for this.

An accountability partner and you would usually be moving towards the same goal and would constantly encourage each other to get to work. Most importantly, you two will be accountable for your actions!

A great way to find such like-minded people is through social media. For example when I work on my blog FlipFlopsandAppleSauce, I have a artner that is also running a blog. We both set goals on how often we publish content to hold each other accountable. It works extremely well.

Tip #3 Don’t be focused on results.

Don’t put pressure on yourself if you aren’t achieving your goals as quickly as you want.

Let’s say you have an online business and you want to make $1000 a month in profit. Instead of focusing on how much money you are currently making, look at what steps you need to take to get to that $1000. The more of these you take, the sooner you will get there.

Tip #4 Concentrate on today.

 

Some people are always thinking of long-term objectives. That’s not a problem, but you should always try to break down your goals into smaller, easier steps. Then, dedicate each day to working towards completing these steps.

Not only does that make things simpler and easier to manage, but it also puts less stress and pressure on you in the long run and will undoubtedly save you lots of time.

Tip #5 Let it become a habit.

Once you get into a routine, doing some of the more tedious things won’t be as much of a problem. Because at the beginning, you had to make a more conscious effort to make them happen. But once something becomes a habit through use of constant repetition, it becomes 10 times easier to do it.

After doing something consistently for 20 days in a row, it will start to become a habit.

So, if you are doing something that you don’t enjoy 100% to work towards your goal, it would be a great idea to challenge yourself for 3 weeks. Make it a habit, because, beyond that initial 3 weeks, things should only become easier.

#Tip 6 Think goals, not hours.

Some people say ‘I want to work 5 hours on this today’. In my opinion, this is not a solid mentality to have.

People who work with that in mind tend to draw out what they are working out to achieve that time target, which usually isn’t helpful at all. Not only that, but it lowers overall productivity.

I like to set steps that I want to do on that exact day. I have a clearer target that isn’t limited or restricted by time in this case.

Also, once you have finished what you set out to do for that day, you feel a great sense of accomplishment. Which for me, is an amazing feeling that keeps me coming back for more!

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David Gray is an entrepreneur that loves marketing. This “career” path allows him the freedom that he truly craves in his life.