We share a ton of tip, tricks and techniques on time management but we are definitely not the only ones who know a lot about the topic. Last week I asked our twitter followers what their secret productivity tips were and we got a lot of responses. I want to share some of the best tips in this post and add my own thoughts to it too.
This tweet went out to all our followers (if you aren’t following us yet, do that here).
We got so many responses that we cannot share all of them here. I will share some of the tips our followers have responded with and I will give my additional thoughts on them. So let’s get right into it.
Go with the flow
Naturally some people are early birds and they get the most work done early in the morning. Likewise, some people are night owls and get most of their work done while most people go to bed. The idea behind Mike’s tweet is that you want to align your times of the day when your body is most energized. That’s when you get the most done. I’ve written about this before where I call it playing at hero mode. Trying to get important work done against your body’s natural cycles (circadian rhythms to be precise) is the equivalent to swimming upstream – you are not going with the flow.
On a slightly different note – in today’s world a lot of companies abide by the 9-to-5 rule with the assumption that everyone will function at their best between those time slots. This is of course simplified but what I want to stress is that oftentimes your best work gets done outside of those hours. Jason Fried of 37signals talks about this in his TED talk entitled Why work doesn’t happen at work.
Do it Nike style
Procrastination is the enemy of productivity and to combat procrastination David Mansaray (@DavidMansaray) suggests the Nike way of doing it.
Sometimes this easier said than done. Fortunately there are some tips we can offer to get you started:
- Solar Flaring – trick yourself into getting work done.
- Pomodoro Technique – let a tomato help you fight procrastination.
- Our top 10 tips to beat procrastination.
If you are someone who procrastinates a lot, we have a whole page dedicated to fighting procrastination that you’ll love.
If you have been reading our articles series on sex, motivation and productivity you already know how important sex is. Do you remember when you had a crush on someone? I certainly have. Like she said, it made me do extra amazing things just so I could impress her. Has the same ever happened to you? I bet it did.
To quote Aaron in our second article on sex, motivation and productivity:
“One of the biggest motivational forces on the planet is the pursuit of sex.” – Aaron Lynn
A crush is the start of that pursuit. Granted, the actual implementation is challenging (how do you instantly get a crush on someone?) but the idea behind this tweet is very powerful and we want everyone to be aware of this. If you are looking for a more practical solution – setup your own motivation page.
Change of environment
This tip by @versus86 is great and this is something we will cover more in depth in a future article. Changing your environment is an easy and quick way to refocus. If you have read Switch (one of my favorite books) you already how know how important your environment is for your well-being, focus and productivity. Everyone needs to have social energy at varying levels for their own well-being – especially if you are extroverted. Sometimes when you don’t feel like working, consider going somewhere else to get things done.
What I especially like about this tip is the documentation part of it. Having a list of places you frequent where you get work done is a great idea. Whenever you want to change your location, all you have to do is go through this list and see what location suits you the most at that moment. If you are a frequent traveler and you visit the same cities a lot, this is a really valuable thing to do.
Block that website
Our good friend Charles Ngo (@dr_ngo) shared something we have known for a while but we have not shared yet on the blog.
He first shared this habit with us via our Whatsapp mastermind. The idea is that you condition yourself that your computer is solely for work and your tablet is for entertainment.
We all have sites where we spend too much time on. Charles’ suggestion is to permanently block them on your workstation and to only view them on your portable devices. For the Mac we can recommend Selfcontrol which allows you to temporarily block websites. This is a great way to ease yourself into this. Once you want to permanently block websites you can edit /etc/hosts (for Windows, click here).
We often refer to this image of weapons of mass distraction in case you need a list of sites to block.
Don’t you dare to block Asian Efficiency!
Do you have any secret productivity tip that you want to share with the community? Please share it in the comments below! The best ones will also be shared in a future post.
Photo by Gigi Ibrahim.
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