2 Productivity Hacks You Didn’t Think

Lately, I’ve been involved in a bunch of discussions about time management, productivity, sleep and how to be effective when doing multiple things.

Here are two battle-tested hacks that you most likely did not think of.

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Day-light saving time

In Finland, it’s the week when news are filled with the discussion. Everyone has their opinion on the topic and the media loves to write about them. “Should we turn the clocks twice a year”, everyone asks, referring to personal experiences, scientific research and economical power struggles.

This week we turn the clocks back one hour between the night of Saturday and Sunday. While others spend their time arguing about it, I’m taking the most of it: it means getting one extra hour of sleep. When you’re living a hectic life, it’s luxurious.

Hermione’s Time-Turner

People always ask me: “How do you get so much done?” or “Do you ever sleep?”. I used to answer something about using a calendar or spending my commute effectively. But that’s not the real secret.

I have a full-time job, I run a meetup, organize a conference, teach programming and have some hobbies on the side. And I sleep 7–9 hours every night. There’s only one way to do it.

Have you read the third Harry Potter book or seen the movie? It’s the one everyone loves and calls the best book in the series. But that’s a whole different discussion.

My time-turner

The important factor is that in the book, Hermione Granger has a time-turner — a device that allows her to turn back time and do multiple things at the same time. I have one as well. And it’s a fantastic discussion piece on networking events and parties.

How do you manage your time effectively without sacrificing sleep?