In today’s world, it can be hard to stay productive. From the constant distractions in our lives, to technology advancements that make us more available than ever before, it’s important to find ways to stay focused. Here are some productivity hacks that can help you get things done:
1. Start With A Positive Mindset
One of the most effective ways to boost your productivity is to start with a positive mindset. This means that when you wake up, you tell yourself that today is going to be great. You’re going to do everything on your ‘to-do’ list and then some. You’re going to get through all of your emails, answer every single email in under 10 minutes (if not less!) and maybe even have time for lunch! You might feel silly doing this at first, but just trust me when I tell you that it works!
People who practice gratitude are three times more creative than people who don’t practice gratitude; they are 37% more likely to achieve their goals; they make 19% more accurate decisions; their overall health improves; they live longer lives; and they earn higher salaries as well as enjoy better relationships with others.
2. Plan & Work That Plan
If you want to achieve massive life goals, you need to start with planning.
Think about it: if someone said they wanted to climb Mount Everest tomorrow, would you give them a compass and some hiking boots? Or would you send them for training first? If they were going on an adventure like that, wouldn’t it be better if they had a map of where they’re going and when?
Planning saves hours of staring at a blank screen (and not doing anything), which is why we recommend creating your own plan before taking action. Once you have your plan set out in front of you, it’s much easier to get started – especially if there are parts of the process that are more challenging or time-consuming than others. By defining each component of your goal beforehand and turning them into actions with deadlines (when possible), prioritizing tasks becomes simple. Then create a schedule based on those priorities so that nothing gets left behind as time passes by!
Finally, once all parts are complete, take action immediately! Don’t wait until tomorrow; get started today because every minute counts toward achieving success in whatever endeavor is important enough for us all.
3. Value What You Do
Stop taking on low ROI tasks. You probably have a lot of things you could be doing, but not all of them are worth your time. Some tasks might look like they will add value to your life and career, but in reality they drain you instead of energize you.
Don’t check email all day long. Email can be one of the biggest time suckers because it leads us to believe that we need to respond immediately when someone sends us something important—even if it’s not actually important at all! Instead of checking email every few minutes throughout the day, create blocks where you turn off notifications for an hour or more so that you can focus on one thing at a time without being distracted by new messages popping up on your screen every few minutes (or even seconds).
Stop doom-scrolling through social media feeds too often - It’s easy to get lost in social media feeds; some people spend hours scouring their newsfeeds looking for memes, funny videos, inspirational quotes or whatever else catches their eye next! While this may seem harmless enough at first glance...the truth is that this habit can quickly spiral out into endless hours spent scrolling through content with little actual return (time-wise).
4. Take Imperfect Actions
One of the biggest productivity killers is the desire to always be perfect. You want to kick ass and be the best at everything, but this perfectionism can end up holding you back from taking action on your ideas and projects.
Instead, try taking imperfect actions instead: take small steps toward your goal that help you learn as you go. Perfectionism will only make you procrastinate because it prevents you from getting started on anything!
5. Choose Intentionally
One of the biggest productivity hacks is to choose intentionally. What this means is that when the “urgent” knocks on your door, you don’t let it deny your choice. While your boss shouts about deadlines and your client needs answers, take a breath and consider the options open to you.
If I’m working on something that’s not urgent and there’s an interruption (or a series of them), my first reaction is often “Oh no! If they’re interrupting me it must be really urgent.” This can lead me to rush through what I’m doing without prioritizing correctly or making sure that what I’m doing is actually important enough for me to stop doing right now.
Slow down by taking a breath and checking in with yourself: What do my values tell me? What am I working on right now? How much time do I have left until this task needs to be completed?
6. Stand For Your Goal
When you’re working with a team, it can be tempting to say yes to every request that comes your way—after all, that’s what we’re taught to do as successful people. But there are consequences: You start sacrificing your goals for theirs and soon you’ll be the problem child who says no but needs help getting their work done anyway.
Taking steps toward being more productive at work begins with recognizing when someone else is saying yes when they should be saying no. The next step is learning how to set boundaries and enforce them in order to achieve an optimal level of productivity while maintaining relationships with coworkers and clients alike.
7. Cultivate Friendships
Let’s start with the obvious: Don’t hang around people who are constantly sabotaging your work.
You become who you spend time with, so be sure to surround yourself with people whose goals align with yours, and whose habits will support those goals. If your best friend always goes out drinking instead of working, suggest that he or she go out less often (or not at all). That way, when you’re both trying to build successful businesses or careers in a few years’ time, they’ll be there for support and encouragement—not just another distraction from the task at hand.
In addition to avoiding negative influences on your productivity, seek out positive ones as well!
Surround yourself with friends who share your passion for success and growing their careers as much as possible—and if possible, try creating alliances between like-minded individuals whose combined skill sets will lead them further along their professional paths than either could do alone.
8. Sleep Better
If you want to be more effective, you need to sleep better. Sleep deprivation is one of the most common causes of reduced productivity, and it’s also one of the easiest things to address. Here are some tips:
Stop trying to cram everything into a single day. The idea that you can get a whole lot done in 24 hours is a myth. It’s natural to want every minute of your life filled with something productive, but when it comes down to it, getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night will make all the difference in how effective you can be throughout your day.
9. Be Present
Most people let their mind wander during the day. They let their mind drift away from what’s in front of them and go off into thought land, usually about something unrelated to the task at hand.
When you find yourself doing this, notice what your body is doing and where your mind is at. Then take a deep breath and return to your intention with a clear focus on what’s happening right now: What am I doing? Why am I doing it? What’s next?