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Top 10 Productivity Tips to Achieve More and Create Peace of Mind

Do Your Most Dreaded Task First

Every one of us has one or more tasks on our to-do list that we dread doing.

Do it first thing. Writer Michael Hyatt talks about slaying your dragons before breakfast—there’s nothing more motivating for the rest of your day than crossing that monster off your list first thing in the morning.

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Top 10 Productivity Tips to Achieve More and Create Peace of Mind

Top 10 Productivity Tips to Achieve More and Create Peace of Mind

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Write It Down

Uncompleted commitments take up psychic energy, each one making you just the tiniest bit more tired, more distracted, and therefore less productive.

The first step to managing your life and time is getting every commitment, large and small, out of your head and into a trusted system.

Get a Head Start

Before leaving your workspace, or before going to bed, take 10 minutes to look over the next day’s commitments.

Decide what you’ll do first. Look at that to-do list and decide whether any tasks on it can be delegated to someone else or crossed off the list altogether.

Do Your Most Dreaded Task First

Every one of us has one or more tasks on our to-do list that we dread doing.

Do it first thing. Writer Michael Hyatt talks about slaying your dragons before breakfast—there’s nothing more motivating for the rest of your day than crossing that monster off your list first thing in the morning.

Turn off Distractions

One of the major productivity killers is the distraction of constant interruptions: emails, phone calls, people appearing at your door…

Schedule a block of time to focus on that commitment, turn off all outside communications and give yourself the necessary luxury of undisturbed time to really focus on the matter at hand.

Take Breaks

There’s a limit to how long anybody can devote deep focus to a task.

After a certain amount of time, the law of diminishing returns kicks in, and fatigue—physical and/or mental—starts to impair your effectiveness.

Schedule breaks periodically even during the busiest days.

Batch Process

If the demands of your day include routine tasks, try to group similar tasks and schedule certain times during the day to knock them out.

By batching similar tasks, you save the time lost to ramping up multiple times a day and reap the benefits of momentum.

Eat a Healthy Breakfast

There are countless studies confirming the importance of breakfast for maintaining our health.

Healthy people are more productive. No matter how busy you are, eat a decent breakfast. It’ll fuel you for a terrific start to your day.

Get Some Exercise

Exercise makes you healthier, so be sure to get some exercise every day.

You don’t need to spend hours at the gym to get the benefit of this; take a walk around the block, or do some isometrics at your desk.

Delegate

Evaluate that to-do list carefully. What tasks could someone else do, thereby freeing you up to focus on the things only you can do?

An important key to productivity is doing only those things that only you can do, and giving somebody else the opportunity to contribute by doing those other tasks.

Say No

When someone calls or appears at your door with a request for your participation in some activity, take a breath and consider whether it fits into your own priorities 

If the answer is no, then just say no. Practice it ahead of time: “Thank you for inviting me, but no.” “Thank you for thinking of me, but no.”

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Eliminate half-work at all costs

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  • You start writing a report but stop randomly to check your phone for no reason or to open up Facebook or Twitter.
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Do the most important thing first

Decisions and choices that you make throughout the day tend to drain your willpower. You're less likely to make a good decision at the end of the day than you are at the beginning.

If you do the most important thing first, then you’ll never have a day when you didn’t get something important done.

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Commit to Your Health

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Develop a Morning Routine

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  • Habits that can improve the quality of your life in the present
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Ideally, you should focus to form habits that give you both — such as exercising.

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Split your work day into chunks

Instead of thinking an 8-, 6-, or 10-hour workday, split your day into four or five 90-minute windows. 

That way, you will have on average 4 tasks you will get done a lot more efficiently. Take breaks between tasks to recharge.

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This doesn't mean you have to suddenly run off to make something, it just means you start taking a step forward. We tend to overthink because we fear failure, but if we just start working, that dissipates quickly

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Have an attitude adjustment

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Create Successful Habits

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Be Accountable To Someone

Being accountable allows an impartial observer to assess your work. It is advisable to work with people who have walked your path or who have had similar experiences. 

Alternatively, someone who is completely unrelated to your interest may also serve as a watchful eye as they offer an unbiased perspective.

Focus On Smaller Victories

Focussing on smaller victories along the way gives you the self-confidence you need to forge ahead. 

You might stumble upon setbacks along the way during the pursuit of smaller goals that will serve as valuable lessons since they allow you to iron out the creases before pursuing the larger goal. 

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