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295: Boost Your Productivity with Microbreaks by HBR IdeaCast. 15 Tactics That Will Double Your Productivity In No Time. Want to learn how to double your productivity right away? This is going to be the right place, so stay with me and learn these 15 tactics that will boost your effectiveness and efficiency in your work and life… I’m going to share with you 5 action steps that you can take during the morning, the afternoon and the evening time each.

So you can apply them accordingly and test out their effectiveness yourself. Here are the 15 tactics: The Morning Tactics 1. I learned this technique from Eban Pagan. 2. Again, this is a pretty common tactic, but most people never really follow through. 3. Never underestimate the importance of having a good and healthy breakfast. 4. Most people don’t have time for this because they wake up late. 5. Another great habit that I adopted a few years back. The Afternoon Tactics 6. Most people going through their day busy doing nothing. 7. It is said that your willpower will decrease as you use it from time to time. 8. 9. 10. We travel all the time. The Evening Tactics. 12 Unlikely Steps to Outrageous Productivity. It's proven that a detailed to-do list will improve productivity for most people. A typical task list however, is usually missing some important activities.

I call these little list the secret sauce to outrageous productivity. Let me know how they work for you! 1. How often do important things continue to fall to the bottom of your list simply because you don't like doing them? 2. Meditation isn't just about relaxation, it activates the right side of the brain which is responsible for creativity and a heightened intuitive sense. 3. When you imagine a fabulous outcome you send signals to a part of the brain that acts like a filter and decides what you do and don't notice. 4. According to a study at the University of Washington, the experience of nature helps to restore the mind from the mental fatigue of work or studies, contributing to improved work performance and satisfaction. 5. 6. Clutter creates stress. 7. When you're stuck or frustrated, get up and move to the music. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12 Habits Of Productive People, by The Huffington Post.

Wish you wasted less time and got more done? Welcome to the club. So why is it, then, when we mean well and are focused on the task at hand, we can still manage to get bogged down by things like emails and weekly reports? The key to being productive is knowing your priorities, notes Robert Pozen, a senior lecturer of business administration at Harvard Business School. He's also the former president of Fidelity and executive chairman of MFS Investment Management, author of "Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours," and teaches courses on maximizing personal productivity.

Being "productive means getting a lot done relative to something. We asked Pozen and Adam Grant, a professor of management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and author of "Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success," to share the secret habits of productive people -- so you can become one too. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Need to get something done? 9. 10. 11. 12. Fight Productivity Paralysis With the 2-Minute Rule. Superhero designed by Moriah Rich from the Noun Project Being in the zone means that you’ve become so absorbed in the activity at hand that it’s impossible to concentrate on anything else.

It’s when code seems to flow from your fingertips, when words seem to fly out of your pen, and when your stylus seems to take on a life of its own. But a common misconception about the zone is that it’s some some elusive, magical place. It is not. The founder of the language training app Yakk, Martin Rue, has a simple two-step process for tapping into, and remaining in, the zone: 1) Give a shit about what you’re doing.

There are several factors that influence our ability to get into the zone, chief among which are focus, energy, no distractions and music. Read the rest of Rue’s blog post on how to remain in the zone here. Related: Not Too Hard, Not Too Easy: Finding Flow In Your Work. Do This in the Morning and Be More Productive All Day. Everyone has a unique way of starting their day off on the proverbial right foot. What do successful entrepreneurs do every morning to ensure they are über-effective at getting things done? We asked members of the Entrepreneurs' Organization to provide their tips and tricks for maximum productivity.

Say thank you. "Every morning, before I even put one foot on the floor, I think of one thing for which I am thankful. Starting with a positive thought and reminding myself of the good things I have in life gives me perspective for the day, should any unpleasantness unfold. " --Michael Zwick, EO Detroit President, Assets International Work on the business, not in it. "I keep a recurring one-hour meeting for myself called 'Working on the Business.' --Kevin Menzie, EO Colorado CEO, Slice of Lime Prioritize. "In order to have a productive day, I start out every morning writing down my top three MITs, or most important tasks, that I need to focus on for that day. --Jay Feitlinger, EO Arizona Exercise. How To be so Productive You Can't Stand it. You might think that creatives as diverse as Internet entrepreneur Jack Dorsey, industrial design firm Studio 7.5, and bestselling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami would have little in common.

In fact, the tenets that guide how they – and exceptionally productive creatives across the board – make ideas happen are incredibly similar. Here are 10 laws of productivity we’ve consistently observed among serial idea executors: 1. Break the seal of hesitation. A bias toward action is the most common trait we’ve found across the hundreds of creative professionals and entrepreneurs we’ve interviewed. While preparing properly as you start a new project is certainly valuable, it’s also easy to lose yourself in planning (and dreaming) indefinitely. 2.

When our ideas are still in our head, we tend to think big, blue sky concepts. 3. Trial and error is an essential part of any creative’s life. To avoid ‘blue sky paralysis,’ pare your idea down to a small, immediately executable concept. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 25 Productivity Secrets from History's Greatest Thinkers. The Brain-Based Secret to Personal Productivity. By now, you've probably already broken most of your New Year's resolutions. You're not alone: Only about 8 percent of those who make them keep them. But it may not be that you'll never lose weight or learn a foreign language. If you aren't being productive or if you feel off track, it could simply be because you haven't set yourself up for success in a way that suits your individuality. Take a typical New Year's resolution like running. The overall goal is to lose weight. Let's apply this to work. In my work, we've uncovered four ways of thinking that every person exhibits.

Here's your challenge: Find which way of thinking (or what combination of ways) fits you. Structural. Analytical. Social. Conceptual. In all four scenarios, the goal is the same: getting things done. Imagine Jack vowing to "be a little less rigid this year, maybe a little more like Natalie. " The Memory Palace System - The Minimalist Blog | Hobbies | Finance | Fitness | Health | Business. As illustrated by the image above, memory is quite complex, but the more tools we have to harness our thoughts and power of recall, the simpler it becomes. I have been using the Memory Palace System for a few months now, but only for little things like grocery and topic lists (lists of points I want to make in a conversation or debate). However, recently I’ve been using it to memorize poetry, passages of the Bible, and other important documents, and have found that it has enabled me to memorize passages in less than half of the time it would normally.

So a poem that would take 30 minutes to add to my mid/long- term memory now takes less than 15 minutes. There are, however, both advantages and disadvantages to the technique that we’ll discuss later. The History of the Memory Palace The memory palace, also known as “the Method of Loci”, is the oldest mnemonic technique dating back to the ancient civilization of Rome. Creating the Mind Palace A Shopping List Example The List Exercise Completed! 50 Tricks to Get Things Done Faster, Better, and More Easily. 17 Small Productivity Habits. The Mini-Habit The idea behind mini habits is that you can get to a larger habit if you start small, create simple goals, and aim for consistency.

In his book Mini Habits: Small Habits, Bigger Results, Stephen Guise gives the example of “The One Pushup Challenge.” He was doing what a lot of us do. Feeling guilty about not working out, he tried to fit years worth of exercise into the first workout which created an all or nothing attitude (not to mention a focus on goals and not process.) Well, one day he decided to do the opposite. In Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less, author S. The core idea behind the mini-habits concept is that you can build a major habit by thinking small enough to get started. Habit-Stacking The purpose of habit-stacking is to create simple and repeatable routines (managed by a checklist). According to Scott there are 8 Elements of a habit-stacking routine. 17 Small Productivity Habits #1 Drink a Large Glass of Water #2.

. #3. . #4. . #5. 7 Qualities of Uber-Productive People. Some people get more done than others--a lot more. Sure, they work hard. And they work smart. But they possess other qualities that make a major impact on their performance. They do the work in spite of disapproval or ridicule. Work too hard, strive too hard, appear to be too ambitious, try to stand out from the crowd. It's a lot easier and much more comfortable to reel it in to ensure you fit in.

Pleasing the (average-performing) crowd is something remarkably productive people don't worry about. They hear the criticism, they take the potshots, they endure the laughter or derision or even hostility--and they keep on measuring themselves and their efforts by their own standards. And, in the process, they achieve what they want to achieve. They see fear the same way other people view lunch. One of my clients is an outstanding--and outstandingly successful--comic. Yet he still has panic attacks before he walks onstage. He's still scared. Anyone hoping to achieve great things gets nervous.