7 Tips Super Productive People Use Every Day
We know that it can be difficult to stay productive, especially when you’re your own boss. How can you stay focused and productive even when you have a million this to do?
Check out these simple steps you can put into practice today.
1. USE PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
A tool like Asana, Teamwork, or Red Booth can keep you organized and productive by tracking all of your tasks in one place.
2. PLAN OUT YOUR DAY THE NIGHT BEFORE
Don’t wait until the morning you sit down to do the work to decide what you’re actually going to do. A quick 10-minute planning session the night before will have you set up for success – and productivity – the following day!
3. KNOCK OUT ON THREE BIG TASKS A DAY
We grossly overestimate the time we have on any given day. As a result, we put a ton of things on our To Do list and then feel bad when we don’t get them all done. By focusing on three of your most important tasks, you’ll be productive and closer to reaching your goals.
4. WORK IN 90-MINUTE INTERVALS
A study from Florida State University showed that productivity and performance are at their peak during uninterrupted 90-minute chunks.
5. DON’T MULTITASK, THE NEMESIS OF PRODUCTIVITY
While multitasking may seem more productive, it’s actually not. In fact, researchers at the University of Michigan found that productivity decreased by 40 percent when people tried to do two or more things at once. Use tools like Controlled Multi-Tab Browsing, StayFocusd, and FocusMe to block distracting websites, limit the number of tabs you have open, and prevent distraction.
6. TAKE BREAKS
Research conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration showed that short breaks between longer working sessions resulted in a 16% improvement in awareness and focus. Further research confirms this by showing that longer productive sessions of 90 minutes followed by short breaks lasting 15-20 minutes (but no longer) sync closely with our natural energy cycles and allow us to have more focus and higher energy levels throughout the day.
7. ONE TRACK MIND
Ever open a new tab in your browser with every intention to stay on task, but instead, you take a quick left turn, just for a minute, to check your FaceBook page? It happens to the best of us!
A quick plugin, if you are using Google Chrome as your web browser, is Momentum. Once that new tab opens, a quick reminder of your to-do list also pops up. A quiet reminder for you to stay on task and keep focused on your day.
We’d love to hear any of your tricks in the comments below, and for fun, kick off your next super productive day with a powerful green smoothie to get your brain geared up.