In terms of getting things done, the past year has been a watershed moment for me. In the past year, I’ve accomplished more than I ever thought possible, including switching careers and countries, spending time with loved ones, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and exercising at least five times per week. Your overall output is influenced by a wide range of factors. Because productivity is a way of life, tools, apps, and hacks don’t work if you don’t have the right mindset to succeed. It’s all about getting the most done in the shortest amount of time possible. The two, in my opinion, are intertwined. Doing nothing makes me miserable, in my opinion.
I’d like to share with you 20 things I’ve done in the last year that have increased my productivity like never before.
1. The Shortest Path Always Leads to the Best Results
There’s a lot of garbage and a lot of important things in life. It’s a waste of time to engage in small talk, delay, wait, or not speak up. Get your hands dirty and start working immediately if you want to get things done quickly.
2. You should write down all of your thoughts and ideas
We have Random-Access Memory (RAM) like computers (RAM). Relevant short-term information is stored in your human RAM. However, the amount of RAM you have is finite. In order to make room for new information, older data that you’ve stored will be deleted once it’s full. You want to free up your brainpower by writing down your thoughts. It’s still worth it, even if you never look at that note again.
3. Say “No” to everything.
Anything that doesn’t help me achieve my professional objectives and values gets a firm “no” from me. We live in a world that is overflowing with possibilities. Every time something doesn’t excite me in my personal life, I simply say no. When I’m undecided or undecided, I always say no. That means I won’t have to waste time on things I’m not interested in.
4. A 5-Minute Breather Is Recommended Every 30 To 45 Minutes
Drink some water and take a walk to loosen up your muscles. However, the most important thing you do is step away from the task at hand. Consider what new ideas you’ll have when you return to your desk. You might also be asking yourself, “WTF am I doing?” Unless you want to spend the rest of your life doing nothing.
5. Eliminate Everything That Is Taking Your Attention Away from Your Work.
We overestimate our ability to persevere. When something is bothering you, get rid of it as soon as possible. My friend is addicted to the news. As a solution, I advised him to get rid of the television and delete all of the news apps that he had installed on his computer. He told me two weeks later that he had finally decided to start a business. Distractions are inescapable, so don’t think you’re safe from them. Take them out.
6. Keep Clutter at Bay
Unorganized living leads to unorganised thinking. You can’t get anything done if your brain is full of clutter. My ideal working and living environment is uncomplicated. A laptop, a notebook, and a desk. Simple is best. Fluff isn’t necessary.
7. Some days, concentrate solely on a single task.
Aim to complete as many recurring tasks as possible in a single day. Writing 2–3 blog posts in one day allows me to focus on other projects and ventures during the week. Turning off my phone and concentrating solely on writing is my method of choice when I’m in the zone. Everything else is a non-issue.
8. The amount of data you consume should be reduced.
On productivity, you don’t have to read 5000 articles. Try it out if you come across any useful information. Just stop looking for more. There is no guarantee that more is always better. You’re only able to take in so much at a time. Begin to produce instead of consume.
9. Organize Your Time by Establishing Routines
Deliberation wears down your mind. Routines also reduce the need for making decisions. In the end, this results in more mental power. In fact, routines are not obsessive-compulsive at all. Use them!
10. Don’t Try to Do Too Many Things at Once
Context switching occurs when you multitask while in a meeting, such as sending an email, texting a friend, and checking Facebook. The University of California, Irvine’s Gloria Mark found that it takes an average of 25 minutes to return to the original task after an interruption. What a waste of time that would have been.
11. Double-Check Your Email Each Day
Checking your email gives you a dopamine rush. It’s understandable that many of us have a hard time resisting the temptation to check our email. The rush of dopamine can be exhilarating, but it also wears you out. That’s why you’re exhausted at the end of the day even though you didn’t accomplish anything. Keep notifications turned off and only check your email twice a day.
12. Take A Break From Your Smartphone for An Hour Every Morning
The primary function of a smartphone is to disrupt you. However, during the first hour of your day, avoid being interrupted by other people or apps. Think about the day ahead, read a book, or have a cup of coffee or tea in the first hour of the day.
13. Next Day’s Agenda
It takes me about five minutes every night before I go to bed to set my priorities for the following day (usually 3–4). My waking hours are more productive as a result. I find that if I don’t do this practice, I waste time. ‘Going with the flow is a cool thing to do. But there’s a catch: I don’t want to be a car-chasing dog.
14. Aim to Minimize Your ‘Thinking’
“I’m pondering” is a common expression. “Thinking” here refers to anxiety. Don’t overthink it. Don’t wait for anything to happen; just start doing something. To continue, if you like what you’re seeing Do something else if you can’t find a solution.
Food, water, shelter, relationships, and exercise are the most important things in life. You can’t do your job properly if you don’t have this stuff. Regular exercise has been shown to improve your mood, cognitive abilities, and energy levels.
16. Take a Breath of Fresh Air
Stress is reduced when one laughs. You don’t want stress if you want to keep up your productivity. As a result, raise the corners of your mouth as far up as you can.
17. Attending meetings is something you should avoid doing.
Those of us who are employed by businesses have a particularly difficult time with this. There is a “Meeting” culture in some companies. Organizing meetings to appear important or to avoid doing actual work is a common practice. PLEASE, for the love of God, DISCONTINUE.
18. Is That a Good Idea?
As often as possible, ask yourself that question. You’ll discover that the most common response is “Nope.” Why bother doing things that aren’t necessary?
19. Press Reset if You’re having a spooky day.
You may make a mistake, or someone may become enraged with you. Don’t be depressed about it. Go for a walk, listen to music, or meditate on your own for a while. Avoid wasting the rest of your day if you can, and get back on track.
20. Do Your Job
Yes, it is easier to talk about work than it is to do it. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, anyone can do it. There are some people who don’t feel the same way about you. You’re a workhorse of a person. Act like a professional.
These 20 things are essential to my productivity; without them, I’d be completely unusable. When it comes to the tools and apps I use, I don’t go into great detail. That’s not important to me. Setting yourself up for success is all about cultivating the right mindset and environment. When it comes to accomplishing tasks, I only care about making the process enjoyable rather than stressful. This increases the enjoyment and satisfaction of one’s work tremendously.