What differs the really productive days from the not so productive days?
Here is my simple recipe that I tend to follow on productive days:
- Don’t check email, Facebook, twitter, or anything else ‘incoming’. Don’t even read. You’re subconsciously making decisions. You need to save it for the important stuff.
- Create a list of tasks. You should be able to each task in less than 25 minutes.
- Adjust the total number of tasks so that, if you’re only doing the tasks (and not answering email in between), you could be done with it all before lunch. You’re goal is now to get it all done before lunch.
- Get a Pomodoro timer if you don’t have it already. Start the timer, and do the first task. When you’re done, take a a break of 5-10 minutes. Repeat. Think of your lunch as the reward.
I like the approach of launching the rocket in the morning when I have the most energy. That might be evening for others. I’m not always done with it all before lunch. But I try. And getting to 80% is still a success.
What is your favorite productivity hack?