Top 5 tips and tricks to becoming your most productive self!
If you are wanting to become more productive in your career or your home life the below list of my top 5 tips and tricks are going to catapult you into being the most productive version of yourself. I have tried and tests these tools and found that they have worked for me and I hope that they can do the same for you.
Below are my top 5 tips on being productive in the workplace or home:
- Time blocking
- Audiobooks / Podcasts on x2 speed
- To Do Lists
- Instrumental focus music
- The 5 Second Rule
Tip #1 - Time Blocking
Time blocking or time batching can be one of the most effective ways to achieve the tasks on your to-do list. Time blocking involves scheduling time in your calendar (usually 30 minutes to an hour at a time) to completing a task on your to-do list. This means that during the time blocking period, your sole focus is on that task and it is the only task you are required to complete during that time.
Not only is time blocking effective because it shuts your mind off to the other tasks that are on your to-do list, having the time blocked off in your calendar helps you to prioritise. Letting other people know you are in a time block (for example if you work for a business where people may disrupt you) sets a clear boundary that this is your focus time.
Another reason that I find time blocking effective is because it enables you to hyper focus on getting the task done within the required timeframe that you have blocked out. This increases your productivity because you have set a deadline.
Tip #2 - Audiobooks / Podcasts on x2 speed
I love to consume audiobooks or podcasts that are focused on personal development. One way to consume more content with the time you have available is to train your brain to listen to them on x2 speed. This can be difficult at first so I recommend that you start with increasing the speed gradually (for example, start with x1.2 speed until you feel comfortable to up the speed again). This enables you to get through a large amount of content is a short period of time.
Listening to audiobooks and podcasts while also completing mundane tasks is an effective way to consume content and also complete those tasks on your to-do list that are your least favourite. For example, I can listen to content while mindlessly unpacking the dishwasher, or cooking my dinner. This works best with the tasks that don't require you to be too focused and feel routine.
Tip #3 - To do Lists
Simple, but effective. Writing a to-do list.
I like to physically write out my daily to-do list so that I can check off each task as I complete them. Writing your tasks out onto a list eases your mind from feeling stressed that you will forget something that you need to do.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with the amount of tasks on your to-do list, it is a good idea to have a master list with all the tasks you need to complete, and then a daily list of the tasks you are aiming to accomplish that day. Breaking down your master list into bite-sized chunks will help you to feel less overwhelmed and accomplished at the end of the day when you are able to tick tasks off your daily list.
Check out our To Do List Notepad!
Tip #4 - Instrumental focus music
You know that feeling you get when you're sitting at your desk in the morning at your office and you take that first sip of the barrister made coffee you bought for $5? That feeling of being ready to start the day? That stroke of motivation you feel because you now have the tool (the coffee) you needed to start being productive? Let's replace that with something that doesn't cost you money every day. Or something that you can use when it's later in the day and having another coffee will mean that you won't be able to sleep well that night.
Like the coffee, music can act as a great tool for motivation to be productive. I like to use instrumental music (perhaps an instrumental track of your favourite movies) to get me into the productive zone. Like how the coffee acts as a signal in your brain to start work, getting into a routine of playing the music tracks will in time shift your brain into being productive every time you hear that track.
This works well with time blocking!
Tip #5 - The 5 Second Rule
I recently listened to Mel Robbins' The 5 Second Rule on Audible and this book gave me so much motivation and inspiration when it comes to productivity. The concept of The 5 Second Rule is that as soon as you have a thought enter your mind you have 5 seconds to act on it before your brain shuts it down. Thinking of doing that task you've been avoiding? 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... go. Countdown from 5 and launch yourself into action before your brain convinces you "not now", "maybe later".