23 Best Productivity Hacks of the Year

23 Best Productivity Hacks of the Year


  1. Turn Off Alerts. Don’t be stressed by various notifications. Just turn them off. Eliminating the possibilities for interruption would enhance your productivity.
  2. Ignore the News. Following the news is time-consuming. It could also be depressing, creating anxiety and confusion. The information you get is full of garbage text and not always reliable and confirmed. You will know the important matters related to you in one or another way. So, focus on your life and your work.
  3. Exercise in the Morning. A morning exercise is energizing. It releases different hormones, improves your health and mood.
  4. Have 30-Minute Meetings. Most meetings could solve any matters in 30 minutes. Often 15 minutes are pretty enough. Don’t blindly keep up to the scheduled meeting time. If it is not really needed, cut it down and close the meeting.
  5. Drink Water. Water is essential for our metabolism, health and productivity levels. Most of the people forget to drink water or think they drink enough. Pay attention to that and drink water!
  6. Give Yourself a Break. Working intensely all day long is not possible every day. Give yourself small breaks before you reach the burnout point. If you go that far, you will have to meet the consequences – a distinct drop in productivity and mind absence until you recover.
  7. Don’t be Afraid to Say No. You have capability limitations. Don’t be tempted to please each and every request – you can’t do that. So, focus on your main priorities and keep yourself in check. Taking a lot of extra commitments will most probably end up with poor results.
  8. Hug Your Dog. Having a pet stimulates your physical and mental well-being. It is a great stress relief.
  9. Make the Most of Lost Hours. Let’s take for example the traveling hours. You could subscribe to podcasts and listen to them while driving. Apply that for similar time-wasting activities in your weekly schedule and find something you could use that time for.
  10. Deal with Your Inner Perfectionist. The pursue for perfectionism results in extended delivery time. Things could always be better and they could never be perfect. Mind that and weigh the time spent for optimal or even the minimum acceptable result for a particular task. The time spent vs quality of the result ratio should be balanced.
  11. Schedule in Details Instead of General To-Do Items. To-Do lists are good to nail down some ideas, proposals,or just for noting down something. But, a to-do item may stay on your list for weeks and months. If you really need to commit to the item, you schedule it. Go to details and break down tasks if necessary. If it is not something important, better remove it.
  12. Tidy Up Your Desk. Working in a mess is stressing and irritating. Even if you don’t realize it, the mess and disorder creates mess and disorder on a subconscious level. The latter will come up and get in your way sooner or later. I have often tried to work in a messy environment, hack up things in order to get the job done and cut the extra time to tidy up and organize. But sooner or later you will have to do that, otherwise you will get yourself lost and probably exhausted in that big mess. So, except it is really urgent, tidy up and put things in order before/after work.
  13. Use Productivity Tools. Pick what is best for your field of work and personality. There are many time management tools, applications for reading, writing and organizing notes, social media account management systems and more.
  14. Brussels Sprouts. This is a good example of a vegetable the kids won’t eat. You enjoy the other part of the meal and skip the healthy one. It applies for other areas of life as well. Eliminate needed but less favorite tasks and the rest will also go well.

  15. Breakfast. Don’t skip breakfast. In fact, I also do that often. But, then you might end up really hungry hour or so before lunch time. It is not good for productivity.
  16. The Two-Minute Rule. If a task takes less than two minutes to complete, finish it immediately. Don’t let such tasks to pile up and overwhelm you at the end. Don’t expand the time needed either.
  17. Do Not Worry About Little Things. Spending a lot of effort on small issues depletes your attention and willpower. Prioritize your tasks properly and don’t put unnecessary thought and effort in the small things.
  18. Verbal Commitments. It might be really confusing and uneasy to step back from a promise. Be careful what you commit to and what you promise other people to do. Align that with your priorities and schedule.
  19. Sleep Well. You cannot function properly if you do not sleep well and recover. The best people can last a week or two deprived from good sleep. No matter how durable you are, you will hit the wall and suffer a severe burnout. And this is the best case. You may end up with a serious physical and mental health problems, prolonged recovery period and loss of productivity for a long time.
  20. Check What is Going On on Sunday. Doing so could bring down the anxiety about Monday morning. Sign in just for a minute. It would make you feel that all is going on track and it is under control.
  21. Create Obstacles for Your Bad Habits. If you tend to spend abundant time watching TV, hide your remote control. Downgrade your cable TV plan and exclude some TV channels. Get creative with that and apply to other areas.
  22. Pursue Realistic Goals. This is essential. You must have realistic expectations. Otherwise you end up overloaded with tasks and never satisfied about what you have done. This is not good for your productivity in the long run.
  23. Stay Positive. Enjoy the ride, keep yourself happy, healthy and as a result – productive. Keep it steady and the good results won’t delay.

Source: https://medium.com/life-learning/23-best-productivity-hacks-of-the-year-8cd649b38a9f#.ypvr29v6w