Whilst we will never have more than 24 hours in a day, there are things that we can do to take advantage of the time we have that can lead to a boost in productivity.
I love good productivity hacks! When we operate from a space that is productive it brings about clarity to our day and what we set out to achieve. So with that in mind, let’s dive into some audacious productivity hacks to get more done.
The first hack is to create a daily practice that helps to put you in the right frame of mind for the day ahead but also helps you to end your day on the right note
Now your daily practice can consist of absolutely anything. For example, I have a daily practice that includes reading a verse from my bible app, working out, yoga and so on. Identify at least one thing that is unique to you, that you enjoy and can incorporate with ease into your daily life to form part of your daily practice.
The second hack is to manage distractions
My personal phone used to be my biggest distraction until I learnt how to manage it. When I’m working throughout the day, I leave it in my room on aeroplane mode and the only time I’m allowed to use it is when I’m on my breaks, or once I’ve completed absolutely everything that I need to. Whatever your distractions maybe, identify ways to manage them, so they don’t pull you away from what you set out to achieve each day.
Number three is to turn off notifications
Whilst this links to number two, I like to look at it from a different angle. There are so many things on the devices we have from notifications to apps and so on that, it can distract us from not only what we set out to do, but from that downtime, we may need to collect and be with our thoughts.
Another thing here is to review the notifications you do have, can you turn some of them off? I no longer have notifications on for social media, because I will not allow it to run my day. When I choose to go onto Instagram or whatever else, it’s on my terms and based on when I have time.
Hack number four, automate as much as you can in advance so you don’t have to continuously take time out to get things done
For example, I have content creation days where I will schedule posts from my website to my Facebook page in advance, and create graphics and caption copy for Instagram which saves me tons of time as I’m way ahead of myself by 4 to 6 weeks.
Identify the things you can batch and automate and it could be something as simple as meal prepping on a Sunday so you don’t have to worry about what to eat for the next 3 to 4 days.
Number five is to know your peak performance times
We all have times during the day when we’re at our peak performance and our energy levels are high. For some it’s super early in the morning or for others it’s late at night whilst everyone else is sleeping.
Schedule in your daily workload in line with when you’re at your peak performance. When your energy is on 100, that’s when you should focus on the bigger stuff.
Productivity hack number six is to focus on what will have the biggest impact
Whilst we can’t do everything, we do have the choice to focus on getting the most important stuff done first. Get clear on the things that will have the biggest impact whether it be in your career, business or elsewhere and prioritise and organise your tasks based on the return on investment (ROI). This will help you to gain clarity on where to start first. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking it would be best to do the easy stuff, the things that are nice and what I call fluffy. Sometimes too much energy and focus can be given to those areas with no tangible return.
Number seven is to take regular breaks throughout the day to clear your mind
It’s a bit like brain decluttering, it gives you that opportunity to be able to re-energise. There is an amazing app called Calm where you can set the timer for one minute or more to meditate, but there are tons of other alternative ways that you can make use of your mini-breaks such as going for a walk, listening to your favourite songs, a quick workout or whatever takes your fancy.
Productivity hack eight is to take a minute before saying yes
There have been so many times when things have come my way and I thought that sounds amazing. But i’ve learnt to actually take a minute before deciding on what action to take. As the age-old saying goes, time is precious so this will really help with focusing your time, energy and effort on the right things, and in the right places. If it doesn’t add value or contribute to the direction that you’re going in, don’t feel bad about saying no.
Number nine is to take things in steps and stages
Whatever you want to take action on, every step counts. Break things down into small chunks by writing them down or doing it using a phone app and cross off tasks once completed. It can be highly motivating to see what you have completed and achieved. It also helps to keep the momentum going for what may be left to do.
Close to the end, number ten is to always have a target
This is about having a deadline date ingrained in your mind for when it is you want something to be completed. By having that deadline date, it helps to provide clarity on what the focus needs to be each day to get there. If you’re a competitive person it’s like preparing for that big win. Everything that you do is part of the preparation before you can stand on the podium and collect your prize.
Bonus – have someone hold you accountable
This would be a person that you buddy up with and you share what you’re going to do and when. They do the same and you hold each other accountable to achieve the desired outcome. The other part of this is encouraging and motivating each other to succeed.
What productivity hacks will you use to make better use of your time? Share with a comment and don’t forget to react to this post with an emoji!