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6 Techniques to Increase Your Productivity

Six time-tested techniques to reduce distractions and finish your todo list

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All About Productivity Techniques

A productivity technique is a method or process that helps you stay focused and accomplish more throughout your day. It’s always nice to have a framework or plan to determine what’s most important, what will take the longest, and reduce the risk of burnout.

8 Techniques to increase productivity

Ready to up your productivity today? Try out a one or a few of these techniques and see how much you’ll be able to accomplish.

Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro technique is one of the most popular techniques to break up your day into manageable segments. Pomodoro means tomato in Italian, and it was created by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s.

Time Blocking

If it feels like you’re constantly being taken out of the Flow Zone by small tasks or interruptions, time blocking can help you stay focused on tasks that matter.

Task Batching

Task batching is a technique where you group together low-value tasks together and complete them in back-to-back sprints.

Getting Things Done (GTD)

An extremely popular productivity technique is the Getting Things Done (GTD) technique. There’s classes, seminars, apps, and blogs completely centered around this practice because it’s been proven to be so effective.

  1. Capture everything, from your ideas to you todos
  2. Clarify the things you have to do with as much detail as possible
  3. Organize your todo list based on category and priority
  4. Reflect on your todo list to see what your next action item is, and give it an in-depth review periodically to check progress
  5. Engage and get to work

Eisenhower Matrix

The Eisenhower Matrix, also called the URgent-Important Matrix, helps you decide and prioritize tasks based on urgency and importance. Created by Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, this technique is proven to help you sort through and organize a large number of tasks so you can complete the most important ones first.

The Burner List

The Burner List is a to-do list that centers around staying focused on tasks that truly matter, while ruthlessly eliminating the rest. There are two main columns in the Burner List, the “Front Burner”, which also has a space beneath it called the “Counter Space”. Then the “Back Burner”, which has a space beneath called the “Kitchen Sink”.


With these six techniques to more effectively manage your time, you’ll be able to accomplish more, stay better focused on what matters, and reduce distractions.

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