Use Popular Productivity Hacks

  • Find an Accountability Buddy
  • Create a morning ritual for the first hour of your morning
  • Use the Pomodoro Technique to break your work into chunks
  • Make a “Not-To-Do List” with the things that waste your time
  • Use freelancing platform to outsource tasks 
  • Batching similar tasks into one chunk.
  • Practice systems like David Allen’s Getting Things Done for task management.
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We do it because it's the most visible form of productivity.

It is a way to prove to others that you are doing stuff and checking things off the list.

Hard work is necessary in order to be productive, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

At some point, you start to be negatively productive.

It means scheduling your time according to your natural rhythms:

  • Do your most important work at the beginning of the day if you are a morning person.
  • Don't feel bad about sleeping in because you stayed up late at night to work if you are a night owl.
  • Courage is in choosing to work less because we are confident in our own productivity time, even if that means having a 5-hour workday.
  • It is having a difficult conversation with someone at work.

One reason we work too hard is that we are using that hard work to make up for a lack of courage.

Example: Instead of firing the team member who is dragging down the project, we work harder to make up for them. Firing them takes courage.

Acquire new skills that will help you get more things done in less time.

  • Consume information and learn about other people from your field, about their mistakes and methods.
  • Apply what you learn.

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1. Reserve Mornings for Deep Work

You can use the Pomodoro Technique get into the state of flow: work for 25 minutes on a single task and then take a short break of 5 minutes. If you get in the habit of performing Deep Work in the morning, even for just half an hour, your work will rapidly compound over time. Focus on performing Deep Work, meaning you get to work free of distraction for a long time.

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Systems are the best way to progress since they reward effort and we control all the variables. However, we need to have a sense of direction in those efforts, to know what we are trying to accomplish.

Writing daily with no objective is just practice. If you want to achieve something, you need to commit to a certain output, like publishing a post on your blog weekly. At the end of the day, a system is a way to control how to achieve an output.

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Your poor time-management/prioritization skills are setting you back. You hate routines because you feel they take away your freedom, but then you never have time to do what you love.

Typical behaviours:

  • When you want to work, you instead waste time preparing the workspace.
  • You do a quick two-minute task and then add other little jobs that fill your day.
  • If you find yourself procrastinating, you will rather finish what you're doing instead of your important work.

Solution: Learn to work smarter with the Pomodoro technique and the Eisenhower's Matrix.

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