With increased productivity, you may achieve more goals and obtain more benefits for your work. These productivity hacks make success simple.
Every day we have the same 24 hours. The way we spend these 24 hours is up to us! You can make the most of these 24 hours if you find the right tactics and productivity hacks. This post will teach you eight effective productivity hacks that will help you win more often.
You may not be able to use every approach. However, perhaps you will find some useful ideas on the list. The more of these tips you follow, the better.
Productivity Hack #1: Take a two-hour Hermit Mode.
Every day for two hours, focus on your work and try not to be bothered. Lock yourself in your room, bathroom, or garage.
For two hours, be in complete silence. It doesn’t matter if your mother keeps phoning. So what if your house is on fire? You need to be alone and focused on your work.
Find a quiet area. If anyone wants to talk to you, he or she must wait two hours. That’s how vital your privacy is.
How to Hermit Mode:
- Put your phone on airplane mode. After two hours, return calls and messages.
- Close all social media.
- If you share a room with your parents or a roommate, ask them to be quiet for two hours.
- If you can’t find a quiet spot, head to the library.
- Keep a bottle of water or a snack nearby for emergencies. In addition, going to the bathroom is OK.
Now, if your timetable is tight, it can be less than two hours. However, there’s no time limit. If it is important enough to you, you will find the time.
Productivity Hack #2: Turn off your ringtone for as long as you can.
Hearing your phone ring while concentrating on something, whether it’s homework or a business proposal, may definitely disrupt your focus.
Learn to work uninterrupted by turning off or closing your phone.
Like the hermit mode, when you leave your phone for a while, you can reduce interruptions and focus on your work.
Productivity Hack #3: Concentrate on one thing.
Behavioral psychologists claim that trying to multitask reduces productivity by 40%.
According to recent research, people don’t actually multitask. Multitasking is simply quickly switching between tasks.
Therefore, you can’t accomplish them all at once. In addition, your brain focuses on one and then swiftly switches to another. Do you think this speeds up your work? If you do, you should know that it actually takes longer than doing each activity independently.
Your brain can only focus on one mental job. Therefore, you can either read or watch the news, but not both at the same time.
Furthermore, when you try to watch the news and read at the same time, your brain alternates between the two tasks. Therefore, no multitasking here. Simple task swapping produces less. Therefore, stop switching tasks if you want to stay productive.
Do one thing at a time and prioritize. Start with the most important and work down.
Productivity Hack #4: Do what you hate first.
It’s true, this doesn’t sound fantastic. However, just listen.
We procrastinate when faced with a tedious or unpleasant task. So we put it off till later in the day or don’t do it at all. We keep repeating “later” or “tomorrow” yet the later/tomorrow never comes.
Therefore, whatever it is, do it within 1-2 hours of waking up. If you do, you won’t procrastinate the rest of the day. Furthermore, it also boosts your confidence.
So when you say, “I will do this,” and you do it, you subconsciously tell your mind that you keep your commitments. That means you are trustworthy. This in turn boosts your self-esteem. It’s a win-win.
Productivity Hack #5: Use the 25-5 approach.
This strategy can be used with Hermit Mode to maximize concentration.
The aim is to divide your task into two. The first section is 25 minutes of effort. The second section is a 5-7 minute break for water, snacks, or just moving about. In addition, you can set a timer to remind you of your 25 minute work period or 5-minute break.
This is great if you plan to hermit for 4+ hours. Additionally, it can be quite effective for two hours because your brain can get tired.
In addition, you can use social media for answering your phone during breaks. This can save time.
Productivity Hack #6: Eat while listening to audiobooks or podcasts.
Your meals are a great way to feed both your body and your mind. Many people spend their meals watching TV or staring at their kitchen wall.
However, you can spend that time educating yourself. Therefore, find a passion for learning.
Find something you wish to learn, something fun and useful. Furthermore, during dead time, start reading e-books or listening to audiobooks/podcasts. You can do this any time you are driving, riding a bus, or even waiting in lines.
Productivity Hack #7: Use three-color layer checklists.
Checklists can be tedious. However, the three-color layer checklist is distinctive.
It’s a terrific technique to be more productive and finish crucial tasks. Why? This is because you assign importance to your tasks.
All you need is paper and three colored pens. Red-black-blue works well.
Here’s how it looks:
- Level 1 Red: Urgent work that must be done now.
- Level 2-Black: Moderate importance
- Low Priority 3: Blue
By day’s end, you must have completed the first two levels. However, there’s a rule: for every level-3 task, there must be two level-1 tasks. This prevents you from putting all your work on the low priority layer.
This technique helps you focus by teaching you to select and complete critical things first. You will always finish the critical duties and if you have time, the low priority tasks.
Productivity Hack #8: Begin intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting will help you lose weight while saving you time.
You won’t eat less, but you will eat less frequently. This is because you will skip breakfast.
Contrary to popular belief, eating a large bowl of cereal does not “activate your metabolism.” Eating requires energy to digest.
The food industry has spent millions convincing us that breakfast is vital. They said that skipping breakfast causes your body to go into famine mode. They said so, and we believed them.
However, skipping breakfast not only helps you burn more fat but also increases growth hormone and mental sharpness.
In general, you should not only skip breakfast but also reduce your meal portions.
It is unnecessary to eat 5-6 tiny meals per day to “engage your metabolism.” Furthermore, the amount of calories and nutrients you consume determines whether you grow muscle or lose fat.
This can easily be done with 2-3 meals per day. In addition, skipping breakfast and intermittent fasting will save you time cooking, eating, and even energy digesting food.