Would you like some productivity hacks to help you achieve and get more done every day?
If yes, you”re in the right place.
Have you had this experience?
You start out the day with the best of intentions.
You have your To-Do list at the ready.
In your mind you know that today is going to be a great day.
You’re all set to start working on your biggest priorities. But…
Distractions happen. Life happens. You begin to procrastinate.
Suddenly it feels like you’re behind.
You’re not making progress on your goals. Behind on your
The Most Important Activities haven’t been completed.
You feel like you’re constantly chasing.
How would it feel if you always felt one step ahead?
You had clarity on where you were headed and were being focused and productive on your most important activities every day.
These 11 productivity hacks can help you increase your creativity, productivity and results.
1. Pick the Hours That are Most Productive
There are lots of articles out there that extol the virtues of creating a morning routine that starts at 5am.
For many, that is the ultimate productivity hack.
Some of us work better in the morning, whilst others are more night owls.
Getting a night owl to start a morning routine is completely counterproductive.
I can get a lot done in the morning by using a 90 minute morning routine.
By getting up a bit earlier, I use that time to exercise and lay out my 3 Most Important Activities for the day.
Many people don’t have the luxury of getting up at 5am as they have other commitments.
Find your own productivity style that works for you.
Don’t worry about what most people think is normal. Follow your own path.
2. Write in a Journal Every Day
A journal can be used for many things.
People I know use it as a place to record gratitude; somewhere to note down thoughts and ideas while others state what they want to come into their life.
Using a journal can help you be more creative.
It can help you by taking all of the things that are swirling around your mind and getting it down on paper.
3. Have 3 Items On Your To Do List
People procrastinate and get stressed because they have too many things on their daily to do list.
Too many things and not enough time is a common theme I hear all the time.
Try stripping everything back and lay out only 3 Key Priorities for the day, starting with the most important.
Three things are manageable and can be achieved.
Completing your Big 3 boosts confidence and ensures you move forward in your progress every day.
If you’re worried about small tasks try listing out all of the small tasks and having a One Day blitz to complete everything.
When you can do this every month supported by your Big Three you will be on the fast track to achieving your goals.
4. Learn to Say No
One of the simplest productivity hacks to be more productive and get more of the right things done is to learn the art of saying no.
We have so many opportunities and activities and people that consume our time.
Will this opportunity move my business forward?
How does it fit with my goals?
Am I excited to spend time with this person?
Do I feel like I have to do this rather than wanting to do this?
Does this thing excite and motivate me?
Create a scorecard for assessing the opportunities in front of you to ensure you are maximising your time.
5. Have Something to Capture Notes
I wrote an article for Lifehack on The Importance of Note Taking
Note taking is the lifeblood of the creative entrepreneur looking to grow their business.
Your notebook is the place to capture your big ideas, to note down important points, to lay down everything that’s whirling around inside your mind.
Some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world are avid note takers, from Richard Branson to Bill Gates, and they all credit note taking as being a key part of their success.
6. Avoid Things That Suck Up Your Time
Analyse where you spend your time.
Ask yourself how much of it is used up on people and activities that just suck up your time.
Do your daily activities:
- Bring you joy and excitement?
- Motivate and inspire you?
- Utilise your unique strengths?
- Move the needle on your business forward?
Explore outsourcing or delegating activities that don’t fit the above criteria.
According to the Preto Principle 20% of our activities are responsible for 80% of our results.
When things that suck up your time don’t make up that 20%, look for ways to stop doing them personally.
7. Take More Time Out
We all want more freedom.
How much freedom do you actually have?
Freeing entrepreneurs up is the core principle of my coaching.
A simple strategy I use is the art of taking more time out of the business for rest and rejuvenation.
This is not a holiday.
It is about taking one day per month (or more, if you can) to take yourself completely out of the business.
That means no phone, no email.
The focus is on recharging and boosting energy. When you come back you will find yourself far more focused and productive.
8. Protect Your Time
We all have the same 24 hours in the day.
Some people manage to achieve exactly what they want, whilst others struggle and end up with a number of unfinished projects and a feeling of not moving forward.
There is a huge difference between busyness and just checking things off a to-do list V being effective and working on your biggest money making opportunities.
The first step is to be crystal clear on your goals. Then to break your goals into 90 Days Outcome Goals.
Once you are clear on your objectives for the next 90 Days, you can lay out monthly, weekly and daily plans.
This will help you get super focused on where to spend your time and to protect the time that you actually have.
9. Just Get Moving
The key to building confidence, achieving results and building momentum is to simply start.
To get moving forward.
Some of us are so worried about making everything perfect that we don’t start. We procrastinate. We feel stuck.
Take action on your Big 3 for the day and take that first step forward.
10. Maximise Your Most Important Tasks
This is an important productivity hack to help you get more done.
Do you know the key projects or tasks that will really take your business and life to the next level?
Do your goals have specific objectives and time frames against them?
Pick 3 things to focus on each day.
At the end of the day, lay out 3 things you achieved that day, and 3 things you want to achieve tomorrow.
Each week, lay out a weekly achievement tracker.
This gives you clarity on how far forward you’ve moved on your most important tasks.
If you’ve achieved what you want – great, continue in that vein.
If you haven’t achieved what you want, see what adjustments could be made.
11. Block Time for Housekeeping
In the busy day to day of running your business it’s easy to forget business basis – finance, operations, systems, relationships.
Unless you invest time in these areas of your business, you miss out on ways of exploring how you can streamline the business and improve systems.
Explore how you can leverage your time, how you can grow your team, or how to improve your marketing.
Take one day per month out of your business and look at everything in the ‘back of house’ of your business.
What can be improved?
Are there things that should be invested in?
Which things could be outsourced or delegated?
How can you free up more of your time?
Without the operational efficiency and system improvements required in any business all of your growth focus could come to nothing.
What could you accomplish if you were performing at your peak productivity level?
Which productivity hacks do you use to create peak performance?
Ready to jump to the next level?
Mark Pettit is a Business Coach who helps successful entrepreneurs create a vision of their ideal future and then build a plan and path to create it. By having this clarity, his clients are able to expand their freedom and multiply their revenue and growth.
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