7 Tips Super Productive People Use Every Day
It can be hard to stay productive throughout the workweek, especially if your mind is full of swirling deadlines and projects galore. And if you’re an entrepreneur, then you have all the needs of your business thrown in alongside it all.
All that piled into 40 hours per week can seem daunting and overwhelming to say the least.
So how are you supposed to do it all without losing your mind, you ask? By following some best practices of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders who have come before you!
And by figuring out how you best operate along the way, of course.
Start by checking out these 7 tips that the most productive people use daily to help them find success!
7 TIPS SUPER PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE USE DAILY
1. USE PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
2. PLAN OUT YOUR DAY THE NIGHT BEFORE
Don’t wait until the morning you sit down to do the work to decide what you’re actually going to do. A quick 10-minute planning session the night before will have you set up for success – and productivity – the following day!
3. KNOCK OUT ON THREE BIG TASKS A DAY
We grossly overestimate the time we have on any given day. As a result, we put a ton of things on our To-Do list and then feel bad when we don’t get them all done. By focusing on three of your most important tasks, you’ll be productive and closer to reaching your goals.
4. WORK IN 90-MINUTE INTERVALS
A study from Florida State University showed that productivity and performance are at their peak during uninterrupted 90-minute chunks.
5. DON’T MULTITASK, THE NEMESIS OF PRODUCTIVITY
While multitasking may seem more productive, it’s actually not. In fact, researchers at the University of Michigan found that productivity decreased by 40 percent when people tried to do two or more things at once. Use tools like StayFocusd and FocusMe to block distracting websites, limit the number of tabs you have open, and prevent distraction.
6. TAKE BREAKS
Research conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration showed that short breaks between longer working sessions resulted in a 16% improvement in awareness and focus. Further research confirms this by showing that longer productive sessions of 90 minutes followed by short breaks lasting 15-20 minutes (but no longer) sync closely with our natural energy cycles and allow us to have more focus and higher energy levels throughout the day.
7. ONE TRACK MIND
Ever open a new tab in your browser with every intention to stay on task, but instead, you take a quick left turn, just for a minute, to check your Facebook page? It happens to the best of us!
A quick plugin, if you are using Google Chrome as your web browser, is Momentum. Once that new tab opens, a quick reminder of your to-do list also pops up. A quiet reminder for you to stay on task and keep focused on your day.
Of course, these are just tips to help you get started. Some might work for you while others don’t. Make sure you take note of tips you like as well as the ones that simply don’t help you stay productive. Then focus on your energy and determine how you can best harness it throughout the day to ensure you stay productive and on task for the long haul!
Once you complete enough tasks for the day, close your computer and shut down your devices and truly disconnect. You don’t want to work so long and hard that you end up burning out on your dream! Give yourself the time and space you need to come back refreshed and ready to go the next day.
We’d love to hear any of your tricks in the comments below!
Looking for more productivity tips? Try this 5 minute morning ritual!