OK, I’m guessing you’re either pretty sick of “life hacks” or you’re in need for life hacks (did I just repeat myself?)
But you know what is better? Hacking your productivity!
I’m so not talking about using special codes to hack your brain.
No, I’m talking about ways to help you become more productive.
Way back in early high school, I was fed up with school (doesn’t every high schooler feel that way?) To me, I was way too stressed out and I was indeed no way near as productive as I am now. You know what they say, once you get to high school, you’re going to get lots of homework, and I completely agree with that.
So anyway, what did I do? Well, you’ll find out on the list I’m going to share with you.
Grab a mug of coffee or tea and let’s get right into it!
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Play podcast or YouTube videos in the background while you do things that don’t take brain cells
Ok, look, I know what you’re thinking with the YouTube thing “But isn’t the point of YouTube is to WATCH the video instead of listening to it? If you want to listen to music, go on Spotify.”
I’m here like, well, there are certain types of videos that can be listened to without watching it like those Story-time videos, audiobook videos etc.
And I know multitasking is bad but what can I say? This is more of a “life hack” because you’re listening to or catching up on things but, you’re also doing things that don’t need mega thinking.
I find that this way of life is pretty much less overwhelming because of 1. I aren’t got time to sit there and watch every video on the list and 2. it would take me 3 years to finish watching 2000+ videos on my Watch Later list (hey! Don’t judge!)
Applications that can block or restrict the sites you find “Distracting”
If you’re here now finding out about tools that restrict distracting sites, then what are you even doing? It’s 2018 for god sake! (I’m kidding, don’t take it personally.)
These applications help turn off most of the other notifications on your phone, tablet, and computer. You can also do this by using the “Do Not Disturb” mode that is basically installed in all newer smartphones and tablets. Even Windows has the “Do Not Disturb” feature in its notification.
The only important notifications are those for meetings and appointments (don’t blame me if your boss calls you 10x. I did warn you!)
Or you can… Not leave your distracting apps or tabs wide open when you’re being productive on your pc!
If you’re the type of person who can’t discipline them self (like myself), try installing a free tool or extension to block it.
I cannot stress how much To Do Lists make my life wayyyy easier and make me more productive and accomplished.
The most productive way to create the to-do list is set 3 MAIN IMPORTANT tasks to your prioritised list and do those first thing for the day.
Do the little “less important” things afterward, because you know, the moment you wake up, you’re more productive by then than you are later (depending on the person).
At the end of the day, once you’ve completed the tasks, you’ll feel a sense of “success” and “achievement”. Actually, it’s more of a “finally I get to take a break!”
You can achieve this by also writing your tasks down on a planner. What better way to get a psychical planner and write these task down while you check them off your list throughout the day. I recommend getting an Erin Condren or Simplified by Emily Ley planner.
Choose your pick!
Timers, Timers & TIMERS!
This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about the Pomodoro technique (which I’m *cough* using right now while writing and editing this post.)
If you don’t know what this wonderful and easy technique is, it’s where you set at least 25 mins on the task you need to do and set 5-10 mins for a break.
The more you work on this method, it becomes your everyday productivity habit.
The best part is that there are plenty of ways you can get this method the easier and faster way.
If you search up “study with me Pomodoro” you get plenty of videos that have the Pomodoro method with or without music playing in the background.’
Visit Tomato Timer here
Or the method I tend to use more often based on what I’m doing and is already installed on my Windows laptop is the Alarms & Clock feature. You can set up multiple time slots based on your preference and it will notify you in the notification settings.
Sorry girl/boi but you need to put that phone A.W.A.Y! (Far away as possible)
I’m actually being serious. I’m pretty sure the number 1 thing that makes you procrastinate is your electronics!
So keep it in a place away from yourself or out of your sight and don’t even think about that notification or message you’ll get from your crush (haha got ya there.)
By not looking at your phone more than once per hour is a habit you should make if you’re that addicted to your phone.
I put my phone away from me because of 1. I don’t have to check it and 2. Because no one calls me because I have no friends (well friends who don’t call me anyway.)
Hey, did I help you hack your productivity? Well, I hope it works out for you and tells me how it goes in the comments.
Now let’s summarise this; Playing podcast or videos in the background while you do none major thinking task, download applications that restrict you from distracting sites, making a To-Do List, using the Pomodoro technique and hiding your phone away like you hide your old childhood boxes.
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