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20 Things That Will Make You More Productive Than Ever

Stop doing unnecessary things

Ask yourself the question Is That Really Necessary?  as often as you can. You will find that your answer is usually: Nope. 

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Productivity is a way of living

It’s about achieving maximum output, getting shit done, and not wasting time. Tools, apps, or hacks, don’t work if you lack the right mindset.

Say no

...to things that don't thrill you. When you think ‘meh’ about something, always say NO. That eliminates wasting time on shit that you're not excited about.

Willpower is overrated

If something distracts you, eliminate it. Don’t think you’re immune to your distractions. Remove them.

Keep it simple

Keep a simple work and living environment. A desk, a laptop, and a notebook. You don’t need any fluff.

With a cluttered brain, you can’t get stuff done.

Routines work

Decisions fatigue your brain. And routines eliminate decisions. Which ultimately means more brainpower. Routines are not OCD — they are efficient. 

Do important stuff in the morning

Take that first hour to think about the day ahead of you, read a book, enjoy your breakfast, coffee or tea. 

A smartphone’s primary function is to interrupt you. Don’t let other people or apps interrupt you during the first hour of your day.

Stop doing unnecessary things

Ask yourself the question Is That Really Necessary?  as often as you can. You will find that your answer is usually: Nope. 

Focus on 1 thing 

If you have recurring tasks, try to do as much of the same thing on one day, so that nothing else gets in the way.

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People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive.

Tim Ferriss's tips for productivity

  1. Manage your moods: If you start the day calm it's easy to get the right things done and focus.
  2. Don't check email in the morning.
  3. Before you try to do it faster, ask whether it should be done at all.
  4. Focus is nothing more than eliminating distractions.
  5. Have a personal system; most productive people have a routine.
  6. Define your goals for the day the night before.

Don't check emails in the morning

If you check your emails first thing in the morning, **you're setting yourself up to react.

You're not planning your day and prioritizing, you're giving your best hours to someone else's goals, not yours.

Working Harder isn’t the Answer

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.

The Dose-Response Theory

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.

Prioritize Tasks by Energy Level

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.

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