We all have the same amount of time each day to get whatever we have planned accomplished. It doesn’t matter how successful you are or how much money you have. You get 24 hours, and not a second more.
The busy CEO has the same hours every day as the person working a minimum wage nine-to-five job. It’s how you manage and use that time every day that directly translates to your success and what you are able to accomplish.
I have been into productivity hacking for a while now.
I am always looking for ways to better use my time. Over the past couple years I have really optimized my day and the end result is a highly productive day with little to no wasted time. I know not everyone is as over the top as I am when it comes to productivity, but there are some simple things you can introduce to your routine that will have a huge benefit for you.
Give them a shot!
1. Wake up earlier.
This is something that will have a massive impact on your productivity. If you are willing to sacrifice sleep you can get a lot done in the early morning hours. The majority of the population is on the nine-to-five schedule.
If you wake up at say 5am and go hard from 5:30 – 7:30am you will accomplish more in those two hours than most people will get done all day.
Well, because during that early time you are not going to have any distractions, whether at home or at the office. When you removal all distractions you work non-stop and get so much more done. This is so easy to do. You just have to be willing to give it a shot.
2. Prep healthy meals in advance.
Eating healthy has a lot of benefits. You have higher energy levels, you sleep better, you feel better and you look better. So, with all of these great benefits why doesn’t everyone eat healthy all the time? It comes down to convenience.
It’s not easy to eat healthy. It’s much easier to grab take-out or swing through the drive-thru window. You don’t have time to cook every day, but I bet you can set aside an hour on the weekend to pre-cook meals for the entire week. Put them in plastic containers and freeze them. Then all you have to do is open the freezer every morning and grab your daily meals.
3. Disable social media notifications during the day.
You won’t see how effective this is until you actually do it. I’m willing to bet your phone dings and vibrates all day long non-stop with social media notifications. New followers, new comments, likes on your pictures, etc. It never ends.
You can easily disable notifications on your phone with one click. This little distraction will allow you to focus more instead of constantly checking your phone every time a new notification comes through. Then, when you are done with your work you can flip notifications back on and dive into your social media.
4. Have set times to check your email.
Just like social media notifications can be a major distraction, your email inbox can pull your focus away non-stop, especially if you have your email on your phone like most people. Establish a couple times a day to check emails and respond to them.
This makes your inbox maintenance more productive and there is no wasting time. First thing in the morning and before you end your day are prime times and will help you keep it manageable without sucking up too much of your time.
5. Establish an exercise routine.
Physical exercise plays a major role in your productivity because it will help increase your energy levels. More energy every day is going to help you plow through everything you need to get done. You can even get up earlier in the morning to fit a workout in, that way you don’t have to adjust your daily schedule at all.
If you do this you are going to feel better, have more energy and the other benefits like improved health and weight loss are additional benefits, in addition to the productivity spike.
6. Use one calendar app for everything.
In order to optimize your daily schedule you need to respect it. If you allow last minute meetings or allow things to go over their allocated times you will throw everything off course. Use one scheduling and calendar app and account for everything in your day.
Have all appointments and meetings go through a process, both for booking, adjusting and cancelling. You need to account for every hour in the day if you want to really be super productive. I like to use Google G Suite, and I sync my email on my computer with my phone using the app and then I also use Google’s calendar, which I also tie to my email. It’s the most effective method for schedule management that I have found.