What is one lifestyle or productivity hack that helps you function better at home, at work and in society? Why?
To help you lead a productive life and maintain a successful lifestyle, we asked personal and lifestyle coaches, and business leaders this question for their best advice.
Here are 9 lifestyle and productivity hacks these professionals practice to help them perform better in life:
Learn the Importance of Saying No
Like many business owners, I want to please everyone but I have learned that being able to say “no” is absolutely necessary and is one of my best productivity hacks. Everyday, I experience demands on my time as people want meetings, want me to collaborate on projects, or want me to cut into my off days to take on another challenge, and initially, my first reaction was to say “yes”. However, after learning that in pleasing everyone else that I was always leaving myself unsatisfied, I began to make an effort to say “no”, when those requests cut into more important projects or key aspects of my life. Since making the effort to say “no”, I found that I have been more productive and am able to take care of the parts of my life that are most important to me.
💡Anthony Puopolo, Rex MD
Batch Your Work
When you’re in a situation where you have plenty of easily grouped tasks, I find it’s always best to batch your work. Outreach for a few different articles? Handle it all at once. Need to schedule a handful of appointments? Handle it in one sitting.
Unfortunately, this won’t work for every type of task you have on your to-do list. For example, I do quite a bit of editing but I know I can’t sit and edit for hours on end at top accuracy. I batch my editing tasks but only to the point I know that quality won’t fall off. Even on a small-scale, I’ve found grouping a few tasks together leads to higher productivity.
💡Morgan Danielle, She’s Got Plans
Get Good Quality Sleep Always
The one fundamental thing that will help you function better in all areas of life is a good quality and duration of sleep. There are all of the usual tips such as making sure your bedroom is a relaxing space, ensuring you have a good quality mattress, and not using your mobile before bedtime. But my biggest hack is to read a book before bed. Not listening to a book — reading it the old school way. It relaxes you, makes you sleepy, and within minutes you will be ready to fall into a relaxing sleep. Make this a habit and over time your sleep will improve, as will your daily function.
💡Ben Foster, The SEO Works
Start Your Day With Meditation
Meditation is one of the most effective and reliable ways to get me in the best mindset before I start anything. I like to start my day with a morning meditation to approach my day in a calm state with a new perspective on stressful situations. Carving out this non-negotiable time for myself in the morning has changed my life and helped me approach each aspect of my day with a thoughtful and calm demeanor. I can then focus on what I need to get done and better manage my thoughts and stress.
💡Sumeer Kaur, Lashkaraa
Set Time Boundaries
When managing schedules, you have to be strict about your time. You need to establish blocks of time that are for one task and one task only. If you don’t set time boundaries, you leave your time open for anyone to distract you and fill your time with unnecessary requests or messages. Setting boundaries and making them clear will give you the uninterrupted time you need to complete your tasks. How do you do it? Mark certain periods on your calendar as unavailable. Change your Slack status. More importantly, don’t respond unless it’s necessary. Instant messaging has created a sense of urgency that impairs us during our work hours. If something comes up, like a meeting you can’t miss, adjust your schedule, but try to stick with it as much as possible.
💡Ryan Warner, 1AND1 Life
Workout to Increase Your Focus
Humans were not created to sit in front of screens for 8 or more hours every day. We have legs, arms, muscles, and a desire to move! I prioritize several workouts a week to ensure that my underlying physical needs are met. I find that I am more alert, more focused, and more pleasant to be around when I put my body through some physical exertion on a regular basis. If I don’t work out for too many days in a row, I notice that my tolerance for dealing with daily stresses goes down.
💡Joel Polanco, Intel
Set and Accomplish Short-Term or Incremental Goals
People often set long-term goals in front of them and start working towards those goals. It is good in a way but on the other hand, it wouldn’t help a person to complete their day-to-day tasks without procrastinating or overcoming other obstacles. What would help is, setting short-term goals that will ultimately lead you to your final destination. Completing these goals will enable a person to experience a sense of accomplishment each day. This induces a positive attitude that is responsible for greater productivity as well as overall development.
💡Kaitie Weaver, Helcim
Turn Off Social Media for Quality Personal and Family Times
Turning off social media apps during work hours, family time, and while I’m out with friends has significantly improved the quality of my time with them. I live “in the moment” now, being able to take in the present and enjoy it without the distraction of social media. At work, our jobs can get monotonous, and social media is quick relief from boredom. However, it is also highly distracting and can decrease your productivity drastically. Blocking social media apps with an app timer or blocker can make you much more productive at work. If you aren’t constantly checking your social media accounts for updates and notifications, those around you also feel valued and enjoy spending time with you. Your in-person friendships get stronger- life is more fulfilling.
💡Brian Campbell, Waterfilterguru
Make a To-Do List Before Bed for the Next Day
Each night in the evening an hour or two before bed, I write the next day’s to-do list with a pen and paper (not on a laptop or phone). I limit the items to 5 total, with a maximum of 3 high value tasks that would make the following day an awesome one if they all got completed. I find this is a really great way to get things off my mind and allows me to sleep a lot better. The next morning when I wake up, I already know exactly what I’m doing for the day and in what order. For me this is so much more helpful than trying to prioritize the first thing in the morning and figure out what I need to do that day. It’s been a real game changer! Also I like to think that making a to-do list before bed lets my mind start working on those items subconsciously while I sleep.
💡Ryan Turner, EcommerceIntelligence.com
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