The 5 Best Productivity Hacks You Can Do Right Now
I used to think there were no shortcuts to success.
I was wrong.
About five months ago, I finally decided to make blogging a priority. I carved out time every single morning to write, and to begin with, things were going exceptionally well. I had an endless flow of ideas and topics to write about.
But, about a month in, I hit that inevitable mental block. I desperately needed to switch up my routine. My consistent grind of pumping out content day after day had come to a screeching halt.
That’s when I started looking for simple ways to boost my productivity. I tried out many different tips and tricks, and to my surprise, some of them actually worked.
That’s when I realized that a shortcut to success kind of does exist. It’s called working more efficiently. So, here are five productivity hacks that you can start doing right now to improve your productivity and success.
1. Work on Content Creation
Content creation is today’s version of “making it big”. If you can consistently deliver high quality content and gain a following, you have the potential to make a lot of money (especially on platforms like YouTube and Instagram).
According to Forbes:
“Influencers remain a great partner for brands, due to their autonomous content creation capabilities and their ability to engage with social audiences.”
Even in these uncertain times, content creation remains a steady job for online influencers.
Plus, creating content is typically free and requires no initial investment. I recently started posting on YouTube myself, and I love that I’m able to connect with others through a visual platform.
The takeaway here is that content creation is worth the time investment, because it’s a simple way for you to share your voice and knowledge, and it provides you with the potential to grow your brand.
2. Do the Following Thing for Free
Work on some kind of passion project. And by that, I mean do something you love that is not money motivated. In today’s world, most people are working 40 (or more) hours per week.
If you sleep seven hours a night, then you are left with just under 80 hours each week to do whatever you want with. Therefore, the way that you allocate that time is crucial to your overall happiness and success in life.
“Lost time is never found again.” — Benjamin Franklin
Don’t waste those precious extra hours you have. Instead, spend them on things that fulfill you and bring you joy, like your passions.
3. Start a Side Hustle
Beginning a small side hustle is a relatively easy task that can pay off handsomely in the long run.
After you get going and invest a bit of time and money, your side hustle can turn into an easy source of passive income. Some options include selling clothing, toys, or other goods online.
Or, if you’re looking for something that requires no initial investment, you can try online tutoring. I tutored for Chegg Tutors all throughout college, and it was a great way to make some extra cash.
Creating a new stream of income is an easy way to boost your savings every single month, even if it’s small.
“Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.” — Chinese Proverb
The key takeaway here is to try and do something to supplement the income you are already making each month, even if it’s not super profitable to begin with.
4. Carve Out 30 Minutes for This
Every single day, carve out 30 minutes to de-stress your body and your mind. There are a number of different activities you can choose from.
My top choice is running. Every single morning, after I spend an hour or two writing, I go for a run. It clears my mind and helps me stay productive during the second half of the day.
“Strength of mind is exercise, not rest.” — Alexander Pope
It doesn’t really matter what activity you choose to do as long as it clears your mind and brings you joy. But if you aren’t sure what to try, 30 minutes of exercise is a great one to start with.
5. Keep Your Space Insanely Clean
If you can’t find your desk underneath that death pile of papers, you aren’t going to be efficient with your work.
When I was in college, I always noticed that my apartment was messiest when I was incredibly stressed and failing miserably at my school work. I told myself that I didn’t have time to clean up, and that I would do it after I got my work done.
In reality, taking a few minutes to clean up would have given me the break that I obviously needed.
Harvard Business Review has science to support this:
“scientists at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute have used fMRI and other approaches to show that our brains like order, and that constant visual reminders of disorganization drain our cognitive resources and reduce our ability to focus.”
The takeaway here is that you shouldn’t neglect your workspace. Keep it tidy, and you’ll be able to focus better and boost your productivity.
Grinding away at work for 40+ hours a week isn’t what distinguishes the successful people from the unsuccessful ones.
I’ve worked a traditional 9–5 job. I’m a far happier and more productive individual now than I was when I worked 5–10 hours more every single week. And my work hasn’t suffered a bit.
While everyone’s work situation is unique, there is one universal takeaway. Performing simple tasks that make your life easier will help you be more efficient with your time and achieve greater success in the long run.