Recently I isolated eight things I do on the days when I’m freakishly productive. Here’s my list.
I keep my home office tidy
When my home office is clean and uncluttered, so too is my brain; I’m clear about the tasks I need to complete and I’m motivated to complete them.
I write down my daily list of tasks
A list keeps me organised and on track, and ticking things off gives me a huge sense of achievement, which further feeds my productivity.
I write down an overall goal every morning
When I write down my goal at the start of the day it makes an enormous difference to my focus and productivity. For example, if my goal is: I will work with three new clients by the end of the month, then everything I do for that month (consciously and subconsciously) moves me towards that goal.
I finish what I start
This is a biggie for me. On the days when I’m most productive I actually finish every task that I start before moving on to the next one. By having this ‘completion mindset’ I’m programmed to just get in and get things done.
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I work in my zone
Where possible, I think it’s important for people to work in their most productive ‘zone’. For me, this is usually early in the morning until around midday. I work outside these hours too, but I’m usually less productive.
I try to stay mentally alert
I reduce distractions
When I need to focus I will usually shut down my email programs and the internet, put my phone on silent and close my door. Distractions are poison for productivity.
I’m accountable to someone
If I have a lot of tasks that I really need/want to get done, I’ll be accountable to my partner and I’ll set myself a consequence. For example If I don’t get my tasks done I usually agree to scratch his meandering back itch for five minutes! It helps me focus if my productivity slips during the day.
What are your productivity tips?