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Probably on the top my list of questions that I get asked when talking about mindset and what it takes to be successful – is how to stay productive, not procrastinate and get your work done fast!
So in this post I’d like to tell you about my top 4 tricks and methods that I use to stay productive 24/7!
Number 1 – The 3 Questions – Anti-Procrastination
Anyway, the three questions are as follows:
- What is the worst thing that can happen and what will you do?
- What is most likely going to happen and what will you do?
- What is the best thing that can happen and what will you do?
For me, answering these questions (in detail and on paper) pretty much instantly removes any doubts, fear or procrastination. Try it out!
Number 2 – To-Do List + Rewards List + Prioritizing
Planning your time is extremely important. However, many people spend more time planning their time, then actually taking action! So I decided I need to create my own system, that, like all my “systems” is very simple, easy, and doesn’t take a lot of time.
After trying out various planning/time-planning techniques and methods I decided to stick to these three. I make a to-do list daily (at the end of the day – for the next day), I then create a list of rewards – you guess it – daily and connect the rewards with my tasks/goals. I then go through my to-do list and prioritize, based on how important the tasks are and what is my ONE thing that I must do. If this all seems complicated, you can read more about this on my blog post by clicking here.
Number 3 – My 48-12 Work Schedule
This is a really unique “trick”. It’s super simple, so I’ll explain it quickly: you work for 48 minutes, then you take a 12 minute break. Here’s how my mind reacted to this:
- During my work time, I find it 10x easier to concentrate as I know in exactly X minutes I will have a nice break.
- Also during my work time I usually automatically try working faster and more efficiently as I want to finish [something] before the next “session”.
- I feel a lot more energetic as this pretty much guarantees that I stretch and move around a bit at least once per hour.
- During my breaks, I find it much easier to actually relax and enjoy the break as I know I deserve it!
I use a certain app on my phone for tracking this, but you can use pretty much any stopwatch-like app you want. The one I use is called ClearFocus. Just go to setting and set it to be 48 minutes work, 12 minutes break. There’s also an option to do a longer break every X work sessions, which I have set to 30 minute break every 4 works sessions (so essentially every 4 hours).
Number 4 – Monitor Room Temperature and (Your) Hydration!
This is crucial! You are far more productive when you work in a room with a cooler temperature. I think this is pretty obvious as when you feel warm you are much less alert and awake – but many people still decide that it’s better to sit in just your tank top and shorts in a warm room, instead of putting on some clothes but opening the window and letting the cold (and fresh!) air flow in. Very big mistake. Apart from using to-do lists, nothing affects my productivity as much as the temperature in my room – both positively and negatively (when it’s too warm). Also, I am just mentioning this as I don’t think I need to explain this fact: stay hydrated. I keep things simple – I always keep a cup of tea, a small teapot and a 2 liter water bottle on my desk.