My Top 10 Productivity Tips (Part 2)
I'm ironically writing this post on a night when I have been fairly unfocused. Ah well, we teach what we most need to learn.
I've been researching time management and productivity hacks for years, and there is a TON of great information out there. One tip I see often recommends websites or apps to block you from accessing certain websites *ahemfacebookahem* for a period of time while you get your work done. Another common tip is often mentioned by Marie Forleo: scheduling all of your tasks in your calendar.
These are great tips, and work well for many people, but they aren't really my style. And that's okay - different things work for different people! Find what works best for you.
The following five tips, and the five I talk about in the previous post, are the productivity tips that I come back to again and again. I hope that you'll find at least one useful tip among them that you can put into practice immediately!
6. Exercise First Thing
I work out first thing in the morning, and it makes a HUGE difference for me. Not only does it get my blood flowing and oxygenate my brain, but it also puts me in a kickass mindset for the entire day! Many, if not most, highly successful people have a daily morning exercise routine - coincidence?
7. Find Accountability
Whether you have a coach, a partner, a friend, an accountability buddy, or you use an app like Coach.Me or a website like sticK, find some accountability! I have two to three accountability partners at any one time. Never underestimate the power of accountability!
8. Start Before You're Ready
Whether you're working on a creative project or just something that you're feeling blocked on, start before you're ready! Start before you really feel like it. You'll figure out as you go. I do this all the time with housework, food prep, creative projects, writing emails, and technical projects. I PROMISE that once you've started, your task will seem like less of a huge hurdle to jump over.
9. No Hurry, No Pause
I stole this from Tim Ferriss who probably stole it from someone else. The idea is that you allow yourself to work slowly and steadily. No need to hurry, no need to pause. Keep going. For me the biggest challenge is to re-focus when my mind wanders off, but it gets easier the more I practice.
10. Release Your Non-Essential Tasks
The best way to create more time in your life is to release those non-essential tasks in your life that are taking up all of your time! Identify your top 3-5 life values, and then take stock of where and how you spend your time. Learn to say no to the things that are not in direct support of those priorities. Your time is the most valuable thing you have, and extremely limited. Use it wisely!
I hope these tips were helpful! I'd love to hear which was your favorite, so please leave a comment below and let me know. Here's to living a productive life that gets you where you want to go!