5 Simple Hacks To Become More Productive
Think about this… only 20% of your actions actually drive 80% of your results. This means that slogging away at your business simply isn’t the right road to success.
In fact, the most productive AND successful people know how to work short, focused hours, and then take some time off.
There are 5 productivity secrets that you should really know and use, in order to move forward with your business, in a way that feels good for both your business and your life:
#1. Make friends with time
No matter how strange this might sound, stop competing with time. Just think about how often you catch yourself saying “It´s not enough time to..”, “I´m running out of time..”, “I´m out of time..”, etc. If you are setting an adversarial relationship with time, then you´ll always struggle with it throughout every day. It´s as simple as that.
How many times have you felt great about an enemy? The answer is probably: Never. The same thing happens with time. If you take time your enemy, it will turn it into a continuous source of pain and frustration in your life.
So, instead, just change the mindset: Time is your friend, as long as you treat it with respect, and embrace its value.
#2. Ditch the multi-tasking myth
Look, I get it, we were lead to believe that multi-tasking is a great quality of intelligent and skillful people. But, guess what, it´s not. Multitasking is one of the biggest illusions of our modern society. The most recent studies show that multitasking makes people much more stressed and much less effective.
The psychologist and computer scientist Gerald Weineberg has conducted a research that famously busted the multi-tasking myth. His study shows that, when you work on a single project, that project gets 100% of your time. But, when you work on two projects, in parallel, each one gets only 40% of your time, while 20% is lost in the context switching process.
And, when you work on 3 projects, in parallel, guess what? Each one gets only a maximum of 20% of your time, while 40 % of it is just lost. Basically, this means that, if you have three projects and eight hours to work on them, then in actual terms, you are only productive for less than 5 hours, and you have lost the rest.
When you switch between projects, the brain needs time to reassociate, recalibrate and refocus to where you left off. So, the time-waste caused by project switching is real, and it is huge.
Conclusion? Working inside of a multi-tasking model just means working inside of a broken model. Instead, take one project at a time, follow through with it and only after get to the next one.
Successful people don´t multi-task. they focus.
#3. Beware of distractions
This simply means that when you know what is important, treat it as important and deal with everything else later. Just ignore invitations, emails, news feeds, and basically any distractions that come your way.
This is a discipline muscle that can be developed in time, to make sure that nothing can take you off track from your self-imposed deadlines and goals.
One condition to train this discipline is to get clear on each day´s top priorities and focus on the real work, that moves you forward. It´s easier than you might think, once you start using a simple daily planner to help you become more organized, more focused and get more done in less time. A planning and implementation system that I am offering you… for FREE.
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#4. Set up a non-negotiable morning routine
Research shows that jumping out of bed and heading directly to email cuts 30% out of your daily productivity. You are practically offering your day to be run by other peoples´ agendas, and this puts you into an unproductive state of reaction.
Now, the secret of taking back control of your day is to set up a morning routine. Develop a small collection of things you do for yourself before you start interacting with the rest of the world. This could include drinking a glass of water, meditating for a few minutes, cuddling with your kid or exercising. Just choose habits that can boost your energy and mood and fire you up for the day.
As simple as this might seem, these small habits will set you up for success on physical, emotional and mental levels. So, just create your own morning routine and make it non-negotiable.
It´s very hard to be physically and mentally alert when you feel heavy, fatigued and tight. When our body doesn´t feel well, we get tense, uncomfortable and grumpy and these sensations boil up into our emotions and ultimately into our results.
Dispel the illusion you don´t have enough time and take 30 minutes each day to exercise, to stay in the sunlight, or to offer your body fresh air and new energy to stride through the day. Focus and productivity can only come from a place of alignment, looseness and high vitality.