Setting better work habits

Small behavioural hacks can assist in better working habits and lead to huge payoffs.

Consider what habits you want to change, then modify your environment to support those behaviours. For example, if you want to read more, keep books or your kindle next to your bed and put your phone further away. If you want to check social media less often, delete those apps from your phone.

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Time Management

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Research found we get 22% less work done when we have a meeting coming up in the next hour or two.

Consider creating rules around your schedule. Batching emails, calls, meetings, or virtual events can leave a longer timespan for you to focus on work without distractions.

Being productive means being efficient

Being productive is not about doing more. It is about doing things efficiently.

You have the same number of hours in the day as successful authors, musicians, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders. Investing time in some simple strategies and making small changes can help you get more out of your day.

We are all writers. Our success at work or school is partly determined by our ability to communicate through email, reports, projects, and maybe articles or books.

Reading your work out loud makes it easier to test if it sounds right. It helps to make your writing clearer, exact, and more impactful.

A study found that most people lose about two seconds per minute of work using their mouse instead of keyboard shortcuts. That amounts to eight days a year.

Learning keyboard shortcuts can increase your productivity. Most software shares the same shortcuts - learning a few shortcuts will make you faster.

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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.

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  • Procrastinating on tasks—both small, nagging ones and large, challenging ones
  • Boring work that needs just to get done
  • Responding to email and other messages while working
  • Staying motivated and energized throughout the entire work day
  • Focusing and finishing the most important projects on their plates
  1. Focus on most important tasks first
  2. Cultivate deep work
  3. Keep a distraction list to stay focused
  4. Use the Eisenhower Matrix to identify long-term priorities
  5. Use the 80/20 rule
  6. Break tasks into smaller pieces
  7. Take breaks
  8. Make fewer decisions
  9. Eliminate inefficient communication
  10. Find repeatable shortcuts
  11. Learn from successes as well as mistakes
  12. Plan for when things go wrong
  13. Work before you get motivated or inspired
  14. Don’t multitask
  15. Fill the tank — recharge
  16. Sharpen the axe
  17. Manage your energy (not just time)
  18. Get better at saying “no”

Laura Earnest of Whole Life Productivity  had this to say on the importance of prioritization as a productivity habit:

“Let me say that I distinguish between efficient and effective, but that both are needed for peak productivity. Efficient is doing things right and effective is doing the right things. So the most productive people work on the high value tasks, making sure that how they are doing those tasks is the best way.

3. Set time limits for meetings

This creates a more productive flow, allowing more things to be handled whilst also allowing time for multiple different subjects to be addressed.

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