1. Create a Top “x” List: Every morning, write down the top “x” initiatives you must accomplish that day. where “x” is a number of things you set to achieve for that day. Then, go after each and don’t stop to check your social media chats or lose focus on other initiatives until these three are complete. Remarkably, you’ll find that those other thousand to-dos don’t weigh as heavily on your mindset now that the biggest items have been accomplished.
2. Get Active: It’s no secret that being active is critical to our productivity. I’ve personally seen my productivity levels skyrocket during periods when I’m training for endurance athletic events such as running races and triathlons. And, studies show that even 20 minutes a day of fitness activity can produce endorphins that do wonders for our moods. So whether you’re training for an all-encompassing event or simply going for a short walk during lunch, get active and you’ll quickly see how time away from business will be more than offset by increased output.
3. Get Help from an Assistant: Getting an assistant to with tasks has proven not only to save time, but to also increase productivity and efficiency, by beign able to focus on important things and leaving out time consuming tasks to the assistant.
4. Disable notifications: So many of us are slaves to our smartphones. The second we hear the bell of a new inbound message, we immediately stop what we’re doing in order to respond to the latest message. And yet, doing so is highly inefficient. We waste time shifting gears only to have to spend additional time returning to the original task at hand later on. disabling our chat notifications until we’ve accomplished our critical objectives is one small but incredibly powerful habit for enhanced productivity.
5. Nighttime Lists: Bringing a pad of paper and pencil into the bedroom can also prove to be increase productivity. When you wake up in the middle of the night remembering some task that needs to be accomplished, write it down. Doing so immediately eradicates any anxiety of forgetting it in the morning. The key is to avoid the bright light of a cell phone or computer screen both of which can disrupt sleep patterns.