The Productivity Tool Kit is currently closed but that doesn’t mean the productivity party has to end! Like any good hostess, I have party favors. Except these party favors are like the gift that keeps on giving, because if you use them, they’ll max out your productivity on a daily basis. These 13 productivity tips that you can use today are not anything that we shared in The Productivity Tool Kit — it’s brand-new bonus info, and it’s just for you.
Read on to get super productive!
13 Productivity Tips You Can Use TODAY
Try the Pomodoro Technique. Decide on a task and set a timer for 25 minutes. During those minutes, work only on that task. When the timer rings, stop and take a 5 minute break. Put a check mark on a piece of paper. Repeat this until you have four check marks, then take a longer break, like 25-30 minutes. This is an awesome way to work on big projects!
Create a cleaning schedule at home. If you stay on top of your household chores, you’re way less likely to get behind and overwhelmed. Create a schedule that works for you — a day for laundry, a deep clean every couple of weeks, light tidying every few days. Assess for yourself what will work best and add your cleaning schedule to your family calendar so you don’t miss it.
Don’t waste your commute. Listen to an inspiring or informative podcast, practice a speech or presentation, brainstorm a new concept out loud, practive deep breathing, create a new mantra, schedule a hands-free conference call or meeting. Commute time is totally valuable and worth using.
Know your peak productivity hours. Everybody has a most productive time of day! Take a few days to notice your own rhythms and try to find your peak productivity hours. Then you know to schedule your important projects or must-do items during those hours, so you can reap the benefits from that major productivity.
Just start. Don’t let analysis paralysis or perfectionism procrastination get in your way! There will never be a perfect time to start a project or idea. Just start.
Make sure your goals are SMART. Having goals is a good place to start being productive, but not all goals are created equal. To ensure that your goal is worthwhile, use the S.M.A.R.T. guide: check that your goal is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant to you, and time-based.
Try to check your email only twice daily. This one might freak you out if you’re an email junkie, but just try it with an open mind one day! Unless you live or work in an environment where being reachable by email every moment is absolutely necessary, you might find that limiting your email exposure can help you focus and be more productive in other areas.
Some days, just focus on one thing. We all have to-do lists that are miles long, but some days it can reset your focus and productivity to just choose a single task and focus on it throughout the day. Don’t let other tasks creep in and really try to put your best effort and energy on your chosen task at hand.
Write down your goals or objectives. Studies show that when we write things down, they become “encoded” in our minds. So when we write down goals or objectives, we are more likely to follow through on the steps to reach them, and more likely to complete them. (It’s also fun because then you get to check things off your list!)
Shorten your to-do list. If you just can’t seem to get to the bottom of your to-do list, make it shorter! When you see a huge list, it can be overwhelming and paralyzing, and sometimes you don’t even know where to start. Fill your list with a few essential goals that you can accomplish during the day, and save the rest for another day.
Keep a notepad or document for distracting thoughts or new ideas. If you’re trying to focus and you find that stray thoughts or ideas are always distracting you, keep an idea notebook or document handy to jot down those thoughts. Once they’re out of your head, you can revisit them later — and they won’t steal your focus.
Do a bad first draft. You can’t edit something that doesn’t exist! So just start your project and get through a first attempt, whatever it is. Once you have something out in the world, you can assess it and plan a direction forward.
Don’t get bogged down in details. If you feel yourself start wandering down a rabbit hole of details, do a mental check-in and ask if those details are essential or necessary. If they are, focus your thoughts to try to figure them out. If they’re not, move on! Don’t let the details distract you from the main point of your task at hand.
Which of these is totally speaking to you? I could always do better at letting my email inbox be less distracting. Leave a comment to let me know which sounds like it would totally work for you (or which totally wouldn’t!). xoxo