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These 10 Productivity Techniques Will Make You More Successful

Clarify Daily Priorities

The main reason why this is important is because not knowing priorities, or just partially knowing them, makes us random and it takes us more time to get to actual work.

Instead of having to decide on these things in the morning and losing precious willpower and decision-making ability, map it out the night before.

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These 10 Productivity Techniques Will Make You More Successful

These 10 Productivity Techniques Will Make You More Successful

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Live a 24-Hour Life

We, humans, want pleasure and results as soon as possible. We start taking action, but it often happens that we fall off the wagon because we don’t see results that fast.

From then on, every morning you wake up, you should focus on the day ahead of you, to take action towards your goal(s), and achieve incremental progress.

Commit to Your Health

To increase the level of your health, and by default the level of productivity, because you will be more energetic and focused:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Create a healthy diet for yourself
  • Move more.

Develop a Morning Routine

A morning routine aims to make you alert, help you take care of your health, intellectual and spiritual growth. Develop 2 types of habits:

  • Habits that can improve the quality of your life in the present
  • Habits that can improve the quality of your life in the future

Ideally, you should focus to form habits that give you both — such as exercising.

Clarify Daily Priorities

The main reason why this is important is because not knowing priorities, or just partially knowing them, makes us random and it takes us more time to get to actual work.

Instead of having to decide on these things in the morning and losing precious willpower and decision-making ability, map it out the night before.

“You will never ‘find’ time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”

“You will never ‘find’ time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”

Gamify the Process With The X Method

All you need to do is take a big wall calendar that has an entire month on it and place it somewhere visible.

For each day that you do the positive behavior or stay away from doing a negative one, you get to put a big X on that day.

After a week or two, you’ll have a chain, and you’ll like seeing that chain of X’s, so much so that you will do almost everything you can to maintain it.

Crush Procrastination

... by deconstructing tasks. Program yourself to break the task at hand into smaller pieces immediately, and just get yourself to do the first one in the sequence.

In most cases, finishing the first task will trigger a momentum, and that will make it easier to complete the remaining mini-tasks.

Fight The 4 Types of Distractions

  • Mental Distractions: Breathe and remind yourself of what is really worth your time.
  • Physical Distractions: Make sure you declutter your work environment.
  • Digital Distractions: Delete apps, place your phone out of the reach and turn off notifications.
  • Social Distractions: Communicate your style of working to people and expectations. And use headphones.

"The happiest people spend much time in a state of flow — the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.”

"The happiest people spend much time in a state of flow — the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.”

Evaluate Your Day

Evaluate how well you’ve executed your plan in the previous period, so you can improve it based on the insights you’ve gathered.

Try to make it a habit just before you go to bed. Take some time to evaluate your day and see what can you do better in the morning.

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Time is our precious resource. It is perishable, it is irreplaceable, and it cannot be saved. It can only be reallocated from activities of lower value to activities of higher value.

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Eat That Frog!

Your “frog” is your most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it.

If you have two important tasks, start your day with the biggest, hardest, and most important task first. Focus on completing it before you go to the next one.

Failure to execute

We tend to confuse activity with accomplishment: we attend endless meetings and make plans, but at the end of the day, no one does the job and gets the results required.

“Failure to execute” is among the biggest problems in organizations today.

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Time Blocking

Is a simple productivity exercise and means using your calendar to block time for your most important priorities

During that time, you only work on that one thing. This way, you...

Cal Newport
Cal Newport
I take time blocking seriously, dedicating ten to twenty minutes every evening to building my schedule for the next day. During this planning process I consult my task lists and calendars, as well as my weekly and quarterly planning notes. My goal is to make sure progress is being made on the right things at the right pace for the relevant deadlines.”
Tips for time blocking
  • Take 10 minutes every evening and plan your next day. Rearrange blocks if you must create time for other important things.
  • Use recurring blocks for recurring tasks.
  • Don’t over-schedule. Realistically, you can’t be productive 10 hours straight. Give yourself some time between tasks.
  • And always schedule more time than you think you need.