100 time, energy, and attention hacks to become more productive. When I graduated University with a business degree last May, I received two incredible full-time job offers, both of which I declined because I had a plan.
For exactly one year, from May 1, 2013, through May 1, 2014, I would devour everything I could get my hands on about productivity, and write every day about the lessons I learned on A Year of Productivity. Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, and read a ton of books and academic literature on productivity, all to explore how I could become as productive as possible, and then write about the lessons I learned.
One year, 197 articles, and over one million hits later, I’ve reached the end of my year-long journey, but not before going out with a bang. This article’s a long one, but it’s pretty skimmable! Without further ado, let’s jump in. Time management. What do you need to do?
The first step towards taking control of your time is to brainstorm all your incomplete projects. Don't start doing things at this stage; just make sure you capture everything. The exception is when something will take less than two minutes: do it straight away. Also, don't start planning when you will do things, just focus on getting a complete inventory of what you need to do. Mind sweep checklist (PDF)Use this as a prompt to capture everything you need to get done. Writing "to-do" lists A "to-do" list is an effective way of increasing your daily productivity. Putting things off (procrastinating)
How Good is Your Time Management? - Time Management Training from MindTools. Password Manager, Form Filler, Password Management. Collaboration Software - Online project management tool for teams. Online Stickies - lino. Task Management At Its Best. Remember everything with Evernote, Skitch and our other great apps. 8 Great Tools to Block Online Distractions. The problem with the web is there's just so much of it; an endless tide of funny videos, pop quizzes, and social alerts ready to distract you from other, more urgent tasks at hand.
We wouldn't say there's anything inherently wrong with killing time online, but if you really need to buckle down on an important job then these tools should help. KeepMeOut KeepMeOut works in any browser, creating customised bookmarks that you use in place of standard links. For example: instead of opening Facebook as you normally would, follow the KeepMeOut bookmark for Facebook. You can set limits on how often you can visit each website in a certain amount of time, and configure KeepMeOut to only operate during specific periods of the day. StayFocusd StayFocusd is a free Chrome extension that lets you specify which websites you can visit and which are off limits. LeechBlock LeechBlock is perfect for Firefox users who want to take control over the sites and apps they're visiting online. Cold Turkey SelfControl. Trello. Pocket (Formerly Read It Later) Keeeb – Perfectly in Ordnung.
Clearly. Distraction-free reading Create the perfect online reading experience by clearing away everything but the content.
Free Planners. After years of struggling with the planners designed for and by office workers, I figured out that it wasn’t me that was the problem: it was the design of the planners.
Creative people approach their work differently. Most of us don’t work 8–5, and we don’t have projects that we can plan to get done during the same times each day. The limiting factor for us is not the amount of time we have available, but rather the type of time we have available. One size does not fit all when it comes to planners. Check out the planners below to see which ones best relate to what you’re trying to do, and give them a try! These planners all mate together well because they crystallize years of lessons learned about planning for creative people.
The 2016 Planners Are Coming Soon. The Productivity Heatmap Download: Blank Daily Productivity Heatmap (70088) The Monthly Action Planner. How to Go From Working 60 Hours a Week to 40 By Sending 2 Emails a Week. I’m convinced 95% of cubicle workers who work over 60 hours a week constantly can cut it down to 40-45 hours by sending 2 emails a week to their boss: Email #1: What you plan on getting done this week Email #2: What you actually got done this week That’s it.
These 2 emails will prevent you from working 60 hours a week, while improving your relationship with your boss and getting the best work you’ve ever done. Here’s what Email #1 looks like: Subject: My plan for the week Jane, After reviewing my activities here is my plan for the week in order of priority. Planned Major Activities for the week 1) Complete project charter for X Project 2) Finish the financial analysis report that was started last week 3) Kick off Project X – requires planning and prep documentation creation. A Life of Productivity – 100 time, energy, and attention hacks to be more productive.