Personal productivity is one of the top searched topics on the internet today. A lot of us want to get more done in lesser time and on a path of least resistance.
While I was doing a research online on this topic, I stumbled upon some really cool blog posts and infographics.
Here’s an awesome info graphic by FundersandFounders
Here’s 15 personal productivity tips from Robin Sharma:
- Check email in the afternoon so you protect the peak energy hours of your mornings for your best work.
- Remember that big, brave goals release energy. So set them clearly and then revisit them every morning for 5 minutes.
- Mess creates stress (I learned this from tennis icon Andre Agassi who said he wouldn’t let anyone touch his tennis bag because if it got disorganised, he’d get distracted). So clean out the clutter in your office to get more done.
- Sell your TV. You’re just watching other people get successful versus doing the things that will get you to your dreams.
- Say goodbye to the energy vampires in your life (the negative souls who steal your enthusiasm).
- Run routines. When I studied the creative lives of massively productive people like Stephen King, John Grisham and Thomas Edison, I discovered they follow strict daily routines. (i.e., when they would get up, when they would start work, when they would exercise and when they would relax). Peak productivity’s not about luck. It’s about devotion.
- Get up at 5 am. Win the battle of the bed. Put mind over mattress. This habit alone will strengthen your willpower so it serves you more dutifully in the key areas of your life.
- Don’t say yes to every request. Most of us have a deep need to be liked. That translates into us saying yes to everything – which is the end of your elite personal productivity.
- Stop multi-tasking. New research confirms that all the distractions invading our lives are rewiring the way our brains work (and drop our IQ by 5 points!). Be one of the rare-air few who develops the mental and physical discipline to have a mono-maniacal focus on one thing for many hours. (It’s all about practice).
- Drink more water. When you’re dehydrated, you’ll have far less energy. And get less done.
- Work in 90 minute blocks with 10 minute intervals to recover and refuel.
- Write a Stop Doing List. Every productive person obsessively sets To Do Lists. But those who play at world-class also record what they commit to stop doing. Steve Jobs said that what made Apple Apple was not so much what they chose to build but all the projects they chose to ignore.
- Use your commute time. If you’re commuting 30 minutes each way every day – get this: at the end of a year, you’ve spent 6 weeks of 8 hour days in your car. I encourage you to use that time to listen to fantastic books on audio + excellent podcasts and valuable learning programs. Remember, the fastest way to double your income is to triple your rate of learning.
- Be a contrarian. Why buy your groceries at the time the store is busiest? Why go to movies on the most popular nights? Why hit the gym when the gym’s completely full? Do things at off-peak hours and you’ll save so many of them.
- Get lost. Don’t be so available to everyone. I often spend hours at a time in the cafeteria of a university close to our headquarters. I turn off my devices and think, create, plan and write. Zero interruptions. Pure focus. Massive results.
Here’s 10 top personal productivity tips from Forbes.com:
- Get up an hour earlier.
- Use Sunday evening for planning the week.
- Plan your day according to the most important, biggest task, not the smallest and easiest.
- Avoid meetings at all cost. If you have to go have one specific outcome in mind
- Know what the next step is at the end of every conversation
- Set a timer to go off at 30 minute intervals to focus on one activity and take a short 1 minute break to refocus
- Play motivating upbeat music while working to keep your energy levels high
- Keep an idea book to dump your distractions in, and come back to them a week later
- Turn off the internet. If you’re writing or creating go to a coffee shop that has no internet
- Don’t say should, say “I will”. Think like Yoda `There is no try, there is only do or do not’