10 Best Productivity Hacks to Get Things Done


We are reaching the end of the year and we want to make the most of this last month. We all want to make good use of our time (because in modern days, time is money, right?), get more things done in less time, and always be productive. But, at the end of the day, we don’t feel satisfied with what we achieved because we get distracted, procrastinate, or end up just relaxing because we’re tired.


If you’re someone who’s going through such difficulties, if you’re struggling with the running time, feeling busy, but not able to achieve that ‘best productivity milestone’, keep reading...


Here are the 10 best productivity hacks that will help you get more things done.


1. Plan your day, the night before:


Have you heard of decision fatigue? It means making too many decisions will drain your energy. Imagine you’ve woken up fresh, excited about the day, and you’ll start planning and deciding about what to do. By the end of your planning session, your mind will be tired and you have little energy for the important task.


Plan your day ahead. List down all your tasks for tomorrow. Block time on your calendar for each task. Now you can sleep without worrying about missing an important task the next day!


2. Set the right intention for the day:


You might be wondering, what does it have to do with productivity? Hear me out! On what note do you start the day really makes a difference. Research shows, what you tell yourself in the morning and how you visualize your day, has a tremendous impact on how your day goes by.


Tell yourself “I will get all the things done today that are on my list. I will not get distracted. I will be mindful in using my phone”. Sit down for 5 minutes, close your eyes and visualize vividly, you having a productive day, ticking off all the tasks on your list. This really makes you take the right action.


3. Use priority quadrant:



You know, to-do lists aren’t enough. It’s also important to organize the tasks based on their priority.

Make 4 quadrants and label them as “urgent and important”, “Urgent but not important”, “important but not urgent”, “not urgent not important”. Look at your to-do list and allot each task to these 4 quadrants. Start doing them according to priority. Now you’ll never have that question in your mind “where do I start?!”


4. Minimize distractions:



Nowadays with phones, social media, super-fast internet in our hands, we face a hell lot of distractions in everything. A study done by RescueTime says, on average, we spend 3 to 4.5 hours on our phones every day. Sounds unbelievable? Install a tracker app on your phone and check it for yourself!


So we need to remove all the possible distractions. Turn off all the notifications, keep your phone in a different room if possible. Block all the websites that distract you on your laptop (Use chrome extensions like forest, StayFocusd, OneTab). Isolate yourself and request your colleagues/family/friends not to disturb you when you’re working.


5. Choose the right way to focus:


Some people prefer to work in silence and others are more productive while listening to music in the background. There’s no right or wrong way, it’s up to you.

There’re a lot of free resources for music to help concentration. I’ve given links to some of them here.

https://soundcloud.com/relaxdaily/sets/deep-focus-music-studying-concentration-work

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2CDApyOON0pYv8fWwC9U7i


Check out this article for some additional music resources.


6. Use pomodoro technique:



Trust me, this technique works wonders! Pomodoro is a technique introduced by Francesko Cirillo in the 1980s. The main aim of this technique is to divide the task into smaller steps and remove distractions.


It’s basically a simple technique where you work for 25 minutes and take a 5-minute break. You repeat this for 4 cycles and then take a longer break of 20 minutes. The intention behind Pomodoro is to give 25 minutes of undivided attention to the task you’re doing (that’s the optimum time span one’s brain can hold the focus) and take a short break before working again. This way, your mind doesn’t get tired.


This technique is working like magic for me, so make sure to use Pomodoro in your daily life to see a sharp hike in your productivity.


7. Eat that frog:


You might have heard of (or you might’ve read already) the very famous book ‘eat that frog’ written by Brian Tracy. The author says “you cannot eat every tadpole and frog in the pond, but you can eat the biggest and ugliest one, and that will be enough, at least for the time being


Tackle the toughest task of the day, first thing in the morning, and get it over with. This will also boost your productivity and will make you relaxed for the rest of the day.


8. Follow 5-second rule:



Research has proved that, if you don’t take action on something in 5 seconds, your brain will kill the motivation. So, whenever you’re procrastinating (and feeling bad about it), count 5 seconds and just get started.


9. Relax, relax, relax:



I know it sounds ridiculous! I’m talking about productivity and advising you to relax? Hear me out. Winston Churchill worked in bed till 11 in the morning, slept for one hour after lunch, and again slept for an hour in the evening. Elenor Roosevelt relaxed in her chair for 20 minutes in her chair before every meeting. They saved their energy to work more by resting more. Want more proofs? Read about an interesting experiment here which shows how resting can boost your productivity.


So, make sure to take enough breaks in between and relax well to increase your productivity.


10. Procrastinate wisely:


The author Brian Tracy writes in his book ‘eat that frog’ “Everyone procrastinates. The difference between high performers and low performers is largely determined by what they choose to procrastinate on.


When you HAVE to procrastinate, choose the less important task to procrastinate on.


With everything said, I’d like to add one thing at the end- Focus on being productive, BUT don’t let it burn you out. Take breaks, have fun, and enjoy your journey.


Have a great week and I will see you next week.....



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