Smart Habits Will Boost Your Productivity In Work And Study
I’ve been an entrepreneur ever since I graduated from college. I have the tendency to find myself wanting to do morethan I’m capable of.,In addition to that, I’m the biggest procrastinator of all time.
Combining these two factors, I’m constantly looking for creative ways to get things done. This is how I fell in love with smart habits of… basically everything. Smart Habits of Life, Work, and Study. Tips on how to hack our life and productivity to do more with less. This article is an intro that I wish I had when I got started.
Smart Habits of Life
To start off, we know that not all smart people are born that way. I wouldn’t call constant work and improvement a coincidence. There is no secret to smart habits of life. You just need to start working on one thing and keep doing it, no matter what.
First, you should try to build new habits around your existing routines. Just grab a piece of paper and a pen, and write them down. Here is a few of mine:
- brush my teeth
- Check Facebook and Email on my phone
To give you an example of using existing routines, I will describe the way I improved my reading habits.
I often saved interesting articles for later with getpocket but didn’t use to follow up on them, even though I wanted to. Therefore, I tried to integrate a bit of reading into my existing routines. I decided to make time for the articles in a period, which I devoted for Facebook and emails. This way I could read them while Sperk was loading the emails. After that, I still opened Facebook, and wasted my time for a few minutes, but then I went back. This way, I could read articles for like 10 minutes. Which were 10 minutes more than before. What I experienced after I got used to this, is that I could increase the reading time to 15–20 minutes, and then to 30 minutes. Nice hack, huh?
Whatever you decide to build, make it as fun and enjoyable as possible. Imagine people with smart habits. There is a trail that they prone to moments of idiocy too while delivering incredible results.
Smart Habits of Study
Here, I’m not only going to give you some hints to study more effectively. I’m also going to advise you on how you can use the world around you and your existing habits, to become a better learner.
“Most people don’t listen with intent to understand. They listen with an intent to reply”
Be present in the moment. If you are at a lecture, Google what it is about. When you hear something, make a quick Evernote. When you are after class, try to find interesting conversations. Focus on quality over quantity. Don’t just small talk, have one or two good interaction that you will actually follow through.
As a child, everything was new to us. Thus, everything was outside of our comfort zone. Why not stepping outside as an adult as well? “You cannot let fear run you.” — says Jennifer Dunphy. I love this quote! I always say, instead of resisting your fears, dance with them!
Focus on the world around you, not just you. Self-centered thinking doesn’t ignite smart habits, rather holds us back. On the contrary, focusing on people around us creates opportunities.
If you want to be successful, help others and the magic will happen. Learn about Simon Sinek’s story on building a relationship with marines. He never asked for anything. When he did, they were eager to help him, since finally they could give back something to him.
A smart habit to stay in a positive and productive mindset is to do something new every day. Or just look for it. Know who is at a meeting or event and who you want to talk to, most importantly why. It puts you in the mindset of curiosity and will give you a boost in finding mutual small talk topics.
Now, the key to effective studying isn’t just memorizing or long study sessions. It is doing it in a smarter way. As with everything else, it is all about forming the right habits. When it comes to learning — basically anything — the first thing we need to do is to find out what style works best for us.
Let’s start with the right mindset. Do you remember the feeling when you needed to force yourself to do something? It just doesn’t go that way. Instead, find out what is good in the situation, do positive self-talk. Don’t say “I can’t do this”, but rather “It is a challenge, but I’m doing it right now”.
Smart habits of Study is all about… Routines. Schedule the tasks and set goals..Think about them as you think about haits in general The more repetitive method you create, the easier it will get to do something. Combine things like the Pomodoro technique and the GTD. Find out what are the things, that you can stick to, and form to a habit around them.
Smart Habits of Work
When it comes to productivity, Richard Koch’s book gives pretty good tips. “The 80/20 Manager” offers managers ten ways to become great at what they do. The book explains everything using the Pareto’s Principle, also called the 80/20 rule. I strongly encourage reading it, but here are some quick takeaways:
- Working less can result in achieving more. Put time pressure on yourself by limiting the amount of effort.
- Create todo lists! Find one thing for each and to focus on and get it done!
- Master the skill of distinguishing between important and unimportant.
Mornings are these miraculous things. I truly believe in waking up early. By 9 AM you feel like you created more than others in a day!
Also, try to befriend new people, who can help you. If you are at a conference read the room! It means study the body language and create eye contact. Just check out how people act! Pro tip: If two people are talking and they are facing each other with their foot, don’t interrupt. But if it’s rather a 45-degree angle, feel free to hop in with a good opener.
I truly believe that once we set long-term goals we need to focus on what we should do today and tomorrow. Not one year from now. As stupid as it sounds, focus on the little things and the big things will take care of themselves!
Perhaps the most powerful words you can use to increase your productivity are the words; “Do it now! Do it now! Do it now!” Whenever you find yourself procrastinating on an important task, repeat the following word to yourself — with energy and enthusiasm -, “Do it now! Do it now! Do it now!”