18 Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity

Are you looking to get more out of doing less?

That means your productive time has to become REALLY productive.

What happens when you’re more productive?

  • More money (obvious)
  • Better focus
  • More time for what you really want to do
  • Improved self-management (I don’t say time management)
  • Flexibility in daily activities

18 Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity
(While Also Doing Less…)

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Make time each day to move.

 

1. Schedule physical activity every day.

Outside of the endorphins, physical activity is key to keeping your energy and mood high.

Studies show that even a 15 minute walk a few times a day is enough to get the productivity boost.

Furthermore, more and more data supports things like stand-up desks or activity to keep you moving throughout your day.

2.  Sleep More.

It’s probably something you already know and fail to do in service of being productive.

Unfortunately – it does less.

You need 6-8 hours of sleep a night.  For those ofyou that struggle with sleep, you need to make sure that you’re planning for it.  Use a tool like Sleepyti.me to know when to go to sleep or plan to wind down.

From there, take refresher naps in the middle of the day.  10-30 minutes of sleep can change your outlook, your brain chemistry, and get you back in “the groove” quickly.

3.  Manage Yourself (Not Your Time…)

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You can’t manage this…

The calendar and the clock are yourfriends, not your enemies.

In coaching, the number one issue most people have is that they don’t know where their time “goes.”

You can’t manage time, but you can manage yourself.

At least once a week, choose a random “average”day to focus on your self-management.  Monitor your day in 15 minute blocks, as if you had to bill someone for your time.  Do this for all activities.

For those of you who really need the help…

4. Set timers or alarms every 15-30 minutes.

At the end of each block, make a note on a journal or in your calendar of what you just did.

The easiest way to manage?  Use the calendar color codes.

Green for “good,” whether it’s revenue producing, an activity you needed to do, or something that works toward your vision.

Yellow for “maybe,” or something you might need to give to a teammate or employee.

Red for “STOP!”  This means you just lost that time.

Make sure to include breaks in here too.  Remember, rest and breaks are profitable!

5.  Start the day in creative energy (not with demands).

Your day shouldn’t begin or end in your inbox, on your Facebook, or on the phone.

Each day should begin with some form of intention setting.  Meditation, prayer, journaling, gratitude, or any other activity will set you off with more purpose.

Schedule the “outside demands” for a time in your day where you might be a bit lower energy or less creative.  People can re-energize you!

6. Set BIG goals.

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Set BIG Goals

 

And then create an action plan and tasks that will help you achieve the greater goal.

Once at month set notifications in your calendar to remind you to review what you have done and reassess the actions needed to achieve your goals.

On occasion, ask yourself if what you are currentlydoing will help you achieve your goals.  It’s very easy to get trapped in the daily grind and not make progress.

Be intentional about doing things on a regular basis that will make progress towards a life that you want and not just the life that you have.

7. Focus on a single task at a time.

Studies show that multitasking is not an efficient use of time.

Quality increases when you focus on a single taskat time and you can get more accomplished.

To make the best use of your day, prioritize each task by doing the most important tasks first.

8.  Build a team.

You’re probably doing something in your day that you really shouldn’t be doing…

Housework, answering emails, setting appointments, calling your mom… just kidding.  You should call your mom.  Don’t outsource that one.

The reason why you might not be progressingis that you’re going it alone.

Team might even just be moral or emotional support.  The best kinds of team will be those that give you valuable time back to your life.

9.  Clear the clutter on your desk (and anywhere in your physical environment).

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Clear the clutter on your desk.

 

Clutter is a distraction.

Remove all of the non-essential items.  Have a place for everything essential.

You can add a few personal and colorful touches that help you feel energized and motivated.  Staying motivated IS essential.

10.  Take a little time each day to do somethingFUN.

Productivity isn’t born in a prison.

You’ve probably heard, “the flogging will continue until morale improves.”  The productivity probably won’t.

Make time in each day for the things that you want to do, even if it’s just for 15-30 minutes.  Dance, sing, play video games, talk to your friends, go outside… whatever floats your boat.

11.  Have an accountability partner (or team).

The first step in the Momentum Model is “conversation.”

This means that most great ideas start from a meaningful dialogue with someone else.

Don’t avoid the conversation!  Tell someone what you are doing.  Being accountable on the outside makes us more likely to actually do the work.

Accountability is one of the keys to effective leadership and team building.

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Drink more water!

12. Drink more water.

A headache is a sign of dehydration. And no one is at the top of their game with a headache.

Even mild dehydration can alter a person’s mood, energy level, and ability to think clearly, according to two studies recently conducted at the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory.

One of the easiest ways to calculate the amount the water to consume daily is to take your weight and divide by two.  That is the number of ounces you should drink.

13.  Fuel your body by eating more regularly.

Eating on a regular basis keeps your energy and metabolism up.

The old adage “you are what you eat,” is true.  When you eat crap, you will feel like crap.  And the become less productive.  View your food has fuel.  The better you eat, the better you can perform!

Boost your memory and brain function by eating superfoods and omega-3 fatty acids such as blueberries, wild salmon, avocado, carrots, dark leafy greens, yogurt, eggs, and dark chocolate.  Yes, I said dark chocolate!

 14.  Breathe.  

When you are feeling overwhelmed, take a breath and focus on what you need to accomplish today or even for the next 30 minutes.

If that still seems impossible, take a 10-15 minute mental break.  Don’t think about what needs to done.

If possible, go for walk, or find a quiet place to meditate.

Then come back to work with a clearer head and…

 15.  Focus on solutions OR ask lots of questions.

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Focus on Solutions

Don’t get trapped in over-thinking about everything that needs to get to done. Break things down into what you need to focus on right now.

Don’t worry about what-ifs and worst-case scenarios.  Find a solution and act.

Sometimes starting a challenging tasks helps make the process more clear.

If the solutions still isn’t clear, ask a co-worker or mentor what they how they would get started on this project.

16.  Be gentle with yourself.

If you are anything like me, that voice in your head is the worst critic and often the loudest.  The negative things we tell ourselves is a huge productivity killer.

Tell yourself positive things too.

When your critic has taken over, have a positive mantra to redirect your thoughts.

Here’s a great list of affirmations!

17.  Disconnect regularly.

While technology is incredibly useful and invaluable, it can distract from having authentic experiences.  As seen in this video:

Take a day or weekend each week to unplug.

This a great way to reconnect with yourself and others and ignite more passion in your life.

And being more passionate about your life will supercharge your productivity!

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CELEBRATE!

 

18. Celebrate your accomplishments.

Acknowledge your triumphs big and small.

Remember how triumph and success feels.

It helps with productivity on the toughest and least motivating days.

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