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7 Habits to Supercharge Your Productivity

podcast Mar 16, 2020

It is possible to supercharge your productivity but it will require work and intentionality.

Here are 7 habits to adopt into your life to do just that.

1 - Work smart

  • Are you doing too much?
    • What can you outsource, delegate, automate and/or eliminate?
    • Make a list of all that you do and that outsource, delegate, automate and eliminate what you can.
  • Are you working too many hours?
    • You need balance. You need to work but you also need to enjoy life.
    • If you love what you do and you don’t consider it work, great. But still take time to see the flowers, hang out with friends for no reason, watch a game, etc.
  • Are you doing what you really want to do with your life?
    • If yes, great! Commit to getting better at it every day.
    • If no, then what do you want to do?
    • Figure that out and go get some training.
    • It may take time but you might actually be able to do this full-time.

2 - Keep your cell phone use to a minimum

  • Enable Screen Time if you have an iPhone or download an app to track it. The truth will set you free.
  • Watch TV or hang out with friends without being on your phone. Put it on Do Not Disturb and mute it. Be fully present.
  • Crazy idea: go out without your phone! (Oh the horrors!) I’ve been doing this a lot ever since I read Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism (affiliate link). We used to do this back in the day!
  • Read a print book or a book on an actual Kindle (not the app) instead of a book on your device (easier to stay focused).

3 - Take a quick nap

  • If you're able to when your energy drains, take a nap no longer than 45 minutes.
  • Personally, I set my Apple Watch timer for an hour. (Wait...didn't I just write 45 minutes? Yes. But I don’t fall asleep instantly. I start the timer before I even lay down.)
  • I track my sleep using an app called AutoSleep. If my sleep didn’t reach 100% overnight (based on my goal of 7 hours of sleep), I take a nap. If it did hit 100%, I don’t nap…unless I need a nap (it's pollen season now here in Houston).

4 - Vent

  • Don’t keep everything bottled up inside you.
  • But vent well.
  • This means no screaming at people.
  • Talk calmly about your issues to someone you trust who is a good listener (in other words, they won't give you feedback unless and until you ask).

5 - Work out

  • I’ve run at least one mile every day since August 29, 2017. Today was day 931. How can you work out (after checking with your doctor first)?
    • Take a brisk walk
    • Run (like I do)
    • Go on a hike
    • Ride your bike
    • Swim
    • Go to the gym
    • The options are nearly limitless

6 - Go to bed early

  • Since I joined the 5 AM Club on February 4th of this year, I’ve gotten up early 40 of the past 41 mornings. I only missed one day when I had a family emergency and didn't get to bed until 3 AM.
  • In order for this to happen, I have to be in bed between 9:30 and 10:00 pm to get the minimum of 7 hours of sleep I require.
  • How? No screens after 9 pm. I read a print book, write in my planner or Bullet Journal.
  • Plus, my room is cool, I have air moving around (it's one of my many idiosyncrasies), it’s dark and I have white noise (I can't sleep in total silence).

7 - Take regular breaks

  • I’m talking micro-breaks here: 5-10 minute breaks whenever you feel overwhelmed or frustrated.
  • How? 
    • Get up from wherever you are and walk someplace quiet. )Not the break room or where other people are.)
    • Do not get on your phone or talk to anyone.
    • highly recommend you go outside.
    • Close your eyes and take several deep breaths…don't think about why you’re stressed or what you have to do next.
    • Then, return to work.
    • Repeat as often as needed

These habits will help you supercharge your productivity. I'm not perfect on all these so don't feel as if you have to be either. We are all a work in progress. Embrace that and give yourself grace.

You've got this and I'm here cheering you on.

 

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