Your success, dreams, and goals are reliant on your ability to get tasks done. You will never be successful at anything if you don’t finish what you start, the best business ideas will be useless if you don’t execute them, and no self-help book will ever actually help you if you don’t implement what it suggests.
Execution is the name of the game. The more tasks you get done in a day, the more progress you will see in your life. More progress equals more happiness.
When you’re on a roll producing videos, blogs, social media content, or whatever you love to create, you will feel happier. When you’re continuously procrastinating on your projects, your confidence will crumble.
If you want to be happy and successful, make it a priority to study and learn productivity hacks that will help you override your brain’s habitual tendency to put things off until “tomorrow.”
Here are 10 quick productivity hacks to get you started.
Productivity Hack #1: Be Ambitious
You must have a strong desire to succeed. The best way to summon this feeling is to create goals that get you excited about life.
The byproduct of feeling enthusiastic is productivity and efficiency. You’ll naturally be more productive. On the flip side, when you don’t have goals that inspire you (or at all), you’ll feel down and out. The motivation to hustle will not lend itself to you in this state.
Productivity Hack #2 Dodge the Hole
It’s harder to dig yourself out of a hole than to avoid falling into it in the first place. It’s the same thing with your day.
When you start your day on right note, it’s easier to keep the momentum going. When you start your day jumping into the unproductive hole, you’ll spend your entire day trying to dig yourself out.
Dodge the hole by tackling your biggest task first thing in the morning, when your willpower is at its peak. This will set up a domino effect. You’ll receive an instant dose of dopamine, the feel good hormone. You’ll be compelled to tackling even more tasks on your to-do list. It becomes an addiction (the good kind) to be productive.
Productivity Hack #3: Trick Your Brain
Producing a YouTube video is an extensive task. From start to finish, it takes me 4-6 hours. If I attempted to undertake this task as whole, I would lose my mind. I complete each video by tricking my brain.
Instead of trying to devour this entire project in one go, I break it down into bite-size pieces, so it looks something like this: outline script, record video, edit video, input metadata, edit thumbnail, write blog post, and on and on.
When I focus on one small job at a time, my brain is more at ease.
Productivity Hack #4: Work in Time Blocks
Have you ever heard of the Pomodoro technique? With this method, you work in time intervals of 25 minutes straight, a 5-minute break, another 25 minutes of work, and so on until you complete your project.
This technique helps you concentrate intensely. Something magical happens when you focus this deeply. You summon flow, which is a state of continuous creative energy. You’re most creative ideas will come to you when you are in a state of flow.
The Pomodoro technique is a good starting point to get adjusted to working in blocks of time. Once you become accustomed to the method, you can increase the time intervals to 1 or 2 hours of intense focus.
Productivity Hack #5: Batch Related Projects
You wouldn’t bake one cookie at a time. Since you’re already going through the required steps for one thing, take advantage of this and bake an entire batch.
Here’s a secret. This blog post you’re reading was batched. I write my posts and record my videos in groups.
Are there any related activities you do every week that you can do all at once to save time?
Productivity Hack #6: Have a Home for Everything
Your time is precious and valuable. It only comes once, and then you can’t get it back. If you’re unorganized, you’ll waste a lot of time looking for things.
Have a designated place for your physical items. That way, you always know where to find it. Create folders on your computer to help you organize your digital files as well.
Your ideas need a designated place too. As David Allen says, “Your brain is for having ideas, not storing them”.
Productivity Hack #7: One Thing at a Time
The fastest way to diminish your efficiency is to give your attention to multiple things at once. Contrary to popular belief, multitasking it is not a virtue. Actually, it harms your productivity.
If you have your email, social media, and five other tabs open while writing your book, you’ll end up with “attention residue.”
Your mind will still be thinking about the previous task as you’re starting a new one. Without complete focus on a single task, you’ll do a shoddy job, and it will take you longer to complete it.
Productivity Hack #8: Go Distraction Free
If you find yourself constantly checking your phone, you’re addicted to distraction. If you tell yourself, “It’ll just be one minute,” or “I’ll just check this real quick,” and hours later you’re still glued to your phone, you’re addicted to distractions.
Let this sink in. Social media, and the whole internet really, is built to be addictive. They hire specialists to put triggers in place to make these platforms addicting. They’re constantly testing and tweaking their sites with the goal of keeping us there longer. We are their product. They make money by selling our information.
With that being said, social media is a beautiful thing. Most of us rely on it for our business, and it’s a great way to meet new people from around the world. But always remember to use social media. Don’t let it use you.
When you’re working, keep your phone out of sight and have one tab open at a time on your computer. The less tempted you are to check your feed for “just a minute,” the better.
Productivity Hack #9: Done is Better Than Perfect
Progress or perfection? You can’t have both.
Yes, we want to put our best work out in to the world, but if you get stuck focusing on minute details, you’ll never make progress. Quality is important, but the only way to get to quality is to do quantity.
The more you publish your “flawed” work, the better you will get. I wrote an entire blog post on this topic: 5 Affirmations to Overcome Perfectionism.” Check it out here.
Productivity Hack #10: Be Productive, Not Busy
Have you ever worked into the night on your business and felt like you got nothing done? This happens when you engage in activities that keep you busy, but don’t produce concrete results.
Often times, we carry out activities because gurus and influencers say we should. Posting on social media every day may work for them. But if you’re end goal differs from theirs, it could be your biggest downfall.
Evaluate the effectiveness of your activities on a weekly basis at least. Answer these two questions for each activity:
“Why am I doing this?”
“Is this important right now?”
“Is this activity producing results?”
Often times we know what we want out of our life and business. The only thing that’s missing is action. Don’t let your dreams slip away. Take action. Put these hacks to use and watch your productivity sky rocket. I hope you found these hacks helpful. Let me know in the comments below, which productivity hack was your favorite?