Productivity
January 16, 2024
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Mastering the Art of Productivity: 5 Tactical Hacks

Do you want to get more done each day? The solution isn’t a vague commitment to “be more productive”. We've got you covered with techniques and hacks you can implement to maximise your time and output. The good or bad news is that you can implement them right now.

1. The 2 minute rule

If something can be done in 2 minutes, do it inmediately. If not, schedule it.

This hack not only helps you get organized and efficient, but also helps you get rid of a lot of tasks that take up a lot of mental space and create unnecessary stress. James Clear, the brains behind this and author of the New York Times bestseller Atomic Habits, explains it in about 2 minutes (seriously!) in the next video:




2. Be a ninja: evade your distractions

Turn your phone into a productivity ninja. Use an app like Forest or Flipd to lock you out for a set time, helping you resist the siren call of social media. Your Instagram feed can wait; your goals can't.

3. Meditate Like a Mindful Maverick

Pause, breathe, meditate. It's not just for yogis; it's for productivity warriors. The most used apps to do it are Headspace and Calm.  
Studies reveal that meditation works wonders on the brain's architecture. It's like giving your mind a sleek renovation, boosting cortical thickness (yes, more gray matter!).
Picture it as a mental spring cleaning, clearing the clutter from your thoughts and dialing up concentration. So, not only do you find peace, but you also unlock a sharper, more focused you.

4. Consider Time and Energy

Take into account your energy levels and the time required for each task. Some tasks may require intense concentration, while others can be tackled during low-energy periods. Prioritize tasks that align with your energy levels and the time available.
Pro Tip: Schedule mentally demanding tasks during your peak energy hours for optimal results.

A great way to measure your energy levels and productivity is using a smart device such as an Oura ring or Whoop bracelet.

5. Schedule time for procrastination

As illogical as it may sound, scheduling time to procrastinate, look at your cell phone or simply do nothing can help you reduce the amount of time you waste.
There are techniques, such as the Pomodoro Technique which consists of 25 minutes of focused work, followed by a 5-minute break. This cycle turbocharges concentration.
The timer is key to this technique, because it acts as a reminder to tell you when to stop working and when to start again. There are free platforms such as Pomofocus and Pomodoro Timer to help you track your time.

Conclusion:

These hacks are not just about time management; they're about reclaiming control over your day. Embrace them, adapt them, and watch your productivity soar to new heights!

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