We're all busy. That's just modern life. And we all want to increase productivity.
But it's not easy.
Your time is the most precious resource you have. You need to make the most of it.
In today's article, I'm going to show you 15 ways you can increase productivity x10.
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Let's get into it.
1. Manage Your Time Proactively
Time is the most precious resource you have.
If you don’t manage your time, your time will manage YOU. Be intentional!
Create “time blocks” for work, for personal interests, AND for rest – it’s important to schedule rest or “play time” throughout your day, so you can sharpen the saw and return to your work energized and inspired.
2. Learn How To Delegate
How can you create more hours in the day?
Delegate what you don’t want to do, or what you can afford to outsource, and you’ll create more time to focus on your priorities.
3. Increase Productivity By Doing Less
Do more by doing less. Focus on important activities like self development and listening to audiobooks.
That’s right – do more by doing less!
You have a fixed number of hours each day – focus on a small number of activities that will give you the most bang for your work, which will eventually give you the most bang for your buck.
4. Listen To Audiobooks
Don’t lose valuable time when doing routine tasks like laundry or washing dishes.
While doing these activities, you can optimize your time by simultaneously completing ANOTHER value-adding activity. For example – increase productivity anytime, anywhere: at home, at the gym, on your commute, or just on the go by listening to an audiobook.
5. Focus On One Key Goal For The Day
When you set a clear goal for the day, and focus wholeheartedly on it, you naturally eliminate distractions from disrupting your work.
Anything that can help mitigate distractions will allow you to increase productivity, produce more, and better, over the long run.
6. Get Enough Sleep
It may be tempting to shave off a couple of hours of sleep so you can finish up a work assignment or project … but is it really worth it?
If you make a habit of this, you’ll eventually face burnout, resentment, or physical exhaustion that will undermine and override any of the marginal gains made from working longer hours
Sleep is crucial in relaxing your mind, resting your body and rejuvenating your energy for the following day.
If you’re not able to manage the other 16 hours in your day to get your work done, you should focus more on managing those hours instead of reallocating your sleeping hours.
If you want to increase productivity, you need to sleep.
7. Make Your Productivity Meaningful
When you know “why” you’re doing something, you’re better able to approach it, attack it, and reap from it. With the “why” in mind, you’ll have a constant reminder that pushes you through the days where you may not be “feeling it”
If your productivity isn’t meaningful, then there’s no point in increasing your productivity or completing your work to begin with.
Busy doesn't mean productive. Focus on high-impact, purposeful tasks.
For example, imagine a writer who’s working on her next book. If she spends her days creating outline after outline, but never writes the chapters, her “productivity” in outline creation is very high, but it’s not actually completing anything meaningful.
Know where you’re going, understand how your daily goal aligns with your long-term goals, and always remember WHY you’re doing what you’re doing.
8. Unplug From Social Media
Unplug from social media so you can plug in to your work and your real life.
You need to be intentional in avoiding social media during your designated working time.
Additionally, do NOT look at social media within an hour of bedtime OR within the first hour after waking up. For one, you’ll be able to sleep better. And two, you can spend the start of your day doing value-adding, creative activities that will give you momentum for the rest of your day.
Unplug from social media so you can PLUG IN to your work and your real life.
9. Use Up All Your Vacation Days
It’s important to sharpen the saw every day, but it’s also important to schedule FULL days away from work so that you can renew your creative and innovation juices
“For every 10 hours of vacation time taken, productivity improves 8%” – Ernst & Young corporate study
10. Stop Worrying!
So many of us spend time worrying about what needs to get done, and when, and how. In the time that we spend worrying about something, we’re wasting valuable windows of opportunity!
Slow your mind, stay present in the moment and tackle one thing at a time.
11. Go With The Flow
You can plan your day out perfectly, but suddenly, you lose half your day when some unexpected meetings or phone calls come and punch you in the face.
Don’t get bogged down when stuff like this happens – just pick yourself up, focus on the most important task at hand, and accommodate your schedule as needed.
12. Talk To People
If you’re working on a new idea or project, talk to someone else about it! Talking things out will refine your idea and allow other people to make your idea or project that much better.
And with a better idea comes more clarity in making that idea a reality, which will elevate your productivity!
13. Eat Your Frog!
Just like Brian Tracy says in his iconic book, “Eat That Frog,” tackle your ugliest, most daunting frog first thing in the day.
Your frog is the number one task or activity that will add the most value to your goals – whatever that frog is, make sure to eat it (accomplish it) first-thing so you can get closer to your goals and make the most of your productive time immediately after waking.
14. Do NOT Multitask
Multitasking might sound like a great way to increase productivity but that's not always the case.
It is a great way to do a bunch of things halfway and never accomplish something completely.
Focus on your task at hand, move on to your next task, and rinse and repeat. This ensures that you're always producing and using your time effectively.
15. Manage Your Energy Levels
You can't be productive if you're lacking energy or burning out. You will not increase productivity.
By eating well and exercising frequently, you can optimize your energy throughout the day and attack your tasks more effectively, which will 10x your daily productivity gains!
This article is brought to you by Audible. I've got over 500 Audible Audiobooks on my phone. Access an unbeatable selection of audiobooks including best sellers, motivation, mysteries, thrillers, memoirs, and more.
Right now, for a limited time, you can get 3 months of Audible for just $6.95 a month. That’s more than half off the regular price! Click here to visit Audible or text RMRS to 500 500.