50 Tips to Maximize Your Productivity

Here’s a great list of common and not-so-common tips on how we can maximize productivity in our daily lives. Try out some of these for yourself and discover which ones work best for you.

50 Tips to Maximize Productivity

1. Write a list of the main tasks you want to complete throughout the day.

2. Start with the most important task first, so you can get it out of the way early and while your mind is most fresh.

3. Believe your will-power is in your control, and you can often motivate yourself to do more (see how to maximize your will-power).

4. Bring work to do when you know you will have time to kill (such as on a bus or in a waiting room).

5. Practice mindfulness meditation to increase your focus. (see 100 breaths meditation).

6. Exercise periodically to keep your energy levels high and your mind sharp (see the connection between physical and mental health).

7. Keep yourself productive even while unemployed (see 50 things to do while unemployed).

8. Know when it’s appropriate to set a dealine (see the uses and abuses of setting deadlines).

9. Ask yourself if you’re working hard or just staying busy (see working hard vs. staying busy)?

10. Channel your anxiety into motivation (see the hidden power of anxiety).

11. Use visualization. Imagine yourself actually doing the things you need to do to accomplish your goals, and this can prime your brain to do those activities (see how to change habits with 20 minutes of visualization).

12. Find small ways to relieve stress to help you re-energize yourself throughout the day (see 50 stress relievers that take 5 minutes or less).

13. Collaborate with the strengths of others to help you complete a task.

14. Learn as much about your work as you possibly can (see how to become an expert at anything).

15. Decorate your workplace or change your environment, research shows it improves health and productivity while minimizing stress (see how to create a less stressful work environment).

16. Entice yourself with a reward (although incentives work best for routine tasks, not creative problem-solving: Dan Pink on motivation).

17. Focus on aspects of the activity you enjoy.

18. Be creative with aspects of the activity you don’t yet enjoy.

19. Listen to music, as long as it’s not distracting. For example, research has shown music can make us exercise hard (see how we use music to manage our stress and emotions).

20. Be more mindful of negative self-talk while working (“I don’t want to do this. This is lame. Why is Timmy such an a-hole?”). Replace these with something more inspiring (see quick tips for reframing).

21. Try to make work more fun by turning it into a game or friendly competition (see blur the line between work and play.)

22. The presence of plants can increase attention and productivity (see here).

23. At the end of the day, reflect on your actions and question how you can improve them tomorrow. (see reflection improves learning).

24. Think of your life more like a video game. Stay motivated to get to the “next level” of your life (see treat your life more like a video game).

25. Identify role models to motivate you and inspire you (see make a list of people you admire and why).

26. Keep a personal diary or blog to keep track of your progress (see power of the pen: 5 scientific reasons to write more).

27. Celebrate the small wins to stay motivated (see focus on positive memories, celebrate the small wins, and keep yourself motivated).

28. Take a moment to reflect on your goals, are you working toward them? (see re-visiting your goals and aspirations)

29. Focus your complete attention on one task at a time. Multi-tasking can often be mentally taxing and deplete our cognitive resources quicker.

30. Take a brief pause to re-evaluate what you’re doing in the present moment. Is there something more important you should be doing? (see STOP meditation: daily injections of mindfulness).

31. Pay close attention to the excuses and rationalizations you make on a daily basis (see screw your excuses).

32. Be ready to overcome obstacles and rough patches (see how to overcome awkward phases of self-improvement).

33. Take a break to freshen your mind and begin work again on a new slate (see how taking breaks boosts creativity).

34. Use a calendar (digital or paper) to track important events.

35. Don’t be afraid to let your mind daydream every now and then (see the science of daydreaming: how it benefits creativity and problem-solving).

36. Confirm any appointments you have before going.

37. Get chores done while watching TV or listening to music.

38. Work from home and do meetings online over Skype (for convenience).

39. Be aware of your daily habits and what triggers them (see identify your habit loops).

40. Always have a pen and paper handy to write down things that come to mind (or leave memos on an MP3 recorder/iPhone/etc.)

41. Try your best to write a rough timeline of when you’d want to achieve certain goals (see create a timeline to better envision your goals).

42. See your work in the context of a “bigger picture” and be proud and motivated by it.

43. Remember you only live once so make the most of your time here.

44. Find an encouraging quote to put up on your wall or read as a daily affirmation (see 75 affirmations for self improvement).

45. Try talking to yourself out loud when solving a difficult task. Or explain the problem to someone else. (see the power of asking yourself questions).

46. Ignore the little things that don’t matter, but always seem to wrack up our brains. Don’t waste your attention and energy on things that you can’t change. If it is out of your control, it isn’t worth worrying about.

47. Consider keeping your goals to yourself to avoid a false sense of accomplishment (see keep your goals to yourself).

48. Make sure you’re following your passion, not just what people want you to do (see 8 things society tells you that you need to do (but you really don’t)).

49. Change how your brain reacts to mistakes (see how your brain reacts to mistakes depends on your mindset).

50. Keep your brain fit by doing cognitive exercises (see challenge your brain and other ways to maintain cognitive fitness).

Now stop reading tips on how to maximize productivity and start actually doing things.

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The treasures will follow the Dajjāl like ‘swarms of bees’, so if wealth impresses or blinds us now, imagine how much trouble we will be in at that time. But Allāh [ﷻ] is The Most Kind, He gave us all the aid we need in Surah Al-Kahf, and gave us the key to the trial of wealth in the verses after the story of the garden: remembering that all of this is temporary, for we will all stand before Him soon and testify to our deeds.

Remember that 70 or 80 years on Earth are nothing compared to eternity in Jannah In shā Allāh.

If you want to be productive instead of destructive, whenever you hear that voice in your head of money talking, do yourself a favor and shut it up! Money comes and goes, but the best is still ahead of us, and will last forever.

[To read the 2nd part of the Surat Al-Kahf Series (“When Money Talks…Shut It Up!”) visit: http://proms.ly/1D8iNhS]

P.S. Don’t forget to read Surah Al-Kahf on Jumu’ah!

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I am known as quite the Productive type, so here are some of my tips just for you guys! 

Tip 1: plan ahead 
If you have a planner that is not time managed… Get one that is time managed. Right now I use my bullet journal in an altered way, when I want to spend a day properly getting THINGS DONE. Make sure you know how long you will need for a certain task and be specific in what that task is. 5 pages. A chapter. A certain subject. Now plan it into your time table, and take the time spaciously. Will it take 15 minutes? Plan 20. You will feel more rested and accomplished! ( also don’t forget breaks ) 

Tip 2: sleep.
What? Sleep? Why sleep? Studyblr’s don’t sleep? Let me tell you. If a studyblr is advertising not taking care of your body because that’s hardcore? They are not doing it right. Sleep is essential. Make sure you have 8 hours of sleep, so you have enough energy for the day and start the day EARLY.   

Tip 3: Don’t take hours getting ready 
2 hours to get ready in the morning? You can use that time better. Go from bed straight to the shower so you will be fresh, get yourself some breakfast, chill for a bit and then 10 minutes before you planned to start studying, go grab your stuff and Do the job. 

Tip 4: minimize your distractions 
Don’t put things on your desk that you won’t be using. It’s distraction and you don’t want that. Music with lyrics is a big no go for me. Spotify does some GREAT playlist just for this and also coffitivity.com (available in the appstore too) is a savior. Listen to that with headphones on and you immediately get into that productive state. 

Tip 5: keep track of time 
I have used Pomodoro and those types of apps but they didn’t do the job for me. What I like to do is put the stopwatch of my Iphone next to me and every time I finish a “task” I start a new round. When I go for a break, I stop the stop watch, and in that way at the end of the day, I will see how many hours of real productivity I had and what I can do better next time. 

Tip 6: Social media does not exist
No, not even tumblr while searching the studyblr tag and aspecially not during small breaks. There are apps that won’t let you have access to social media your laptop or phone, but I just use my second iphone with no apps on there so twitter, tumblr, Facebook, non of it is available at the tap and luckily I am not that desperate to go on web to those sites haha! 

And those are the Productivity tips I got for you as if now, Any questions or suggestions? Feel free to fill up my ask box!

10 Fundamental Truths We Forget Too Easily

Some of life’s essential truths need repeating. Keep this list handy and give it a read any time you need a boost:

1) Life is short

2) Being busy does not equal being productive.

3) You’re living the life you have created.

4) Great success is often preceded by failure.

5) Fear is the No. 1 source of regret.

6) Your self-worth must come from within.

7) You’re only as good as the people you associate with.

8) You don’t have to wait for an apology to forgive.

9) Live in the moment.

10) Change is inevitable and must be embraced.

anonymous asked:

Do you wake up early? I've been trying to wake up early, but I just haven't been able too. Do you have any tips for it, if not do any of your followers?

I’m sick right now, so I’ve been sleeping in this week. However, yes! I do try to wake up early. I am the kind of person who works best later at night, so I usually go to bed around 11-11:30 at the earliest, and then I wake up at 7am. (Not 5am, haha I would get no sleep!). 

Here’s what I do to wake up early:

  1. Lay out my outfit & pack my lunch the night before.

  2. Set many alarms! Start waking up 15 minutes early, and then gradually increase that as time goes on.

  3. Make a deal with myself: If I get up at the right time, I usually grab a Starbucks or make a delicious breakfast! If I don’t wake up at the right time, I won’t have time to do this.

  4. Choose an activity that you like for the extra time you’ll have! If you decide to go to the gym at 6 am, you might be reluctant to wake up early — but If you decided to have a delicious breakfast and do some readings while still in your PJs, you are more likely to get out of bed. Save heading off to the gym once you’re used to waking up early!

  5. Drink lots of water the night before… this is a seriously hilarious tactic because it makes me wake up right away since I have to go to the washroom! :P

The other week I saw this wonderful idea of having a measure of your productivity each day. It looked like it was a notebook specifically made for that, but I couldn’t find the source to the post, so I decided to make one for myself. For anyone who wants to know, each day I measure the productivity of my day. Green=productive, pink=unproductive. I wish I discovered this earlier because now there is only half a year of school left so I just made Feb-June.

If you would like a link to the one I made, message me (off anon)! I would be happy to give it to you.  :)