What is your favorite productivity hack?
Would love to hear everyone's tips and tricks for productivity! So far im getting into time boxing and can use new suggestions :)
Making my to-do list the night before really helps. By taking 5 minutes at the end of the day to plan the next one, I'm able to see what needs to get done, realistically set goals, and get out of my own way come morning. Otherwise, I'll spend the first bits of my day deliberating what to work. It feels so good to see the list and just get down to business.
Divide tasks 💡(or emails) by- critical: must get done today - important: should get done today but can happen tomorrow - nice to do: I would like to tackle these tasks this week but is not essential for progress
@americaturner go you! I am so impressed by people who actually take time to write such thorough lists and seem to prioritise so well :)
Noise cancelling headphones. I listen to only instrumental music or no music at all. Helps me block out so many distractions.
A combination of some of these things:- Forest app for blocking distraction on the phone- “Study/Work together” sessions over zoom or simply turning on recordings on YouTube - Recording yourself working (no joke - that feeling of “Big brother is watching you” really helps!)- Freedom app for desktop or mobile to block websites you do to want to visit while working (e.g, Gmail;)- deleting FB and Instagram on my mobile- Freedom app
Block Site chrome add-in for me! 55 min "work mode" sessions and then a 5 min break. Repeat.
Previously, I would set myself a time to complete a task. E.g. you MUST use the next 45 mins to complete this press release. Or you MUST clear and reply to all your email in 10 mins. It surprisingly works! I have this other trick which is quite controversial (I think), which is to take a nap and then use the after-nap energy and blaze through everything after.
Hand written TODO lists the night before. Helps me dump them from my head, sleep better and feel more in control.Hand written notes, thoughts, ideas.Digital notebooks/task management systems don't cut it for me somehow. For traceability though I do this on my iPad and find Goodnotes to be a great app for keeping separate notebooks.
Taking a walk. Getting outside + getting exercise, especially in the mornings, makes a huge difference in keeping me on-task and clear-headed and makes a huge improvement in my general mental health. Plus, now I go with my boyfriend sometimes and we get fancy coffees (ooh, fancy coffee!) or I go to look at the holiday lights :)