If we want to get the most out of life, it goes without saying that we need to be very productive with the time we’re given. But most people can’t seem to get their productivity juices flowing. Maybe that’s because they don’t know the tricks of the trade! Productivity is a matter of mental stamina, not just skill and talent. Can you complete tasks even if you’re tired or uninterested? Here are some nifty productivity tricks you can put to use!
1. Create systems, not goals.
Commit to a process that leads to a goal – focus on what you will do, not on what you want to happen.
2. Make temptations hard to reach.
Convenience is the mother of distraction.
3. Chunk “housekeeping tasks” together.
Collect those little “to-dos” throughout the day and knock them out together in preplanned blocks of time.
4. Just say no, sometimes.
Say it at least as often as you say “yes”.
5. Start small.
Whenever you want to create a new habit, start small so you will actually start – and stick with it through that tough early time when habits are hard to form.
6. Follow the 2-minute rule
When something takes less than 2 minutes, don’t schedule it, don’t set a reminder – just do it. NOW. And then it’s done!
7. Eat a healthy lunch
See lunch as fuel for your afternoon. Plan to eat a portion of protein that fits in your palm, plus a couple fruits or vegetables. Bonus: pack your lunch and save the time it takes to go get it.
8. Turn off alerts.
Every alert sucks up attention. Turn them all off and check in once an hour to see what you’ve missed.
9. Be inspired by small successes.
Success is motivating and creates an awesome feedback loop that will motivate you to do another small thing really well.
10. Count your blessings before going to sleep.
Odds are, you have a lot to be thankful for. Count your blessings every night and you’ll start the next day in a much more positive way.