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Top 5 Habits to Increase Your Productivity By 30% Every Week

Top 5 Habits to Increase Your Productivity By 30% Every Week

Imagine a life where you can work less but get more done.

So many of us waste time on things that don’t matter or lack efficiency when doing the things that do matter.

Brendon Burchard has shared what he calls the 5×50 productivity formula, which explains how you can get more done in less time. We’re going to give you a summary of what he shared to help you become more productive.

1. 50-Minute More Sleep

There’s no right amount of sleep that each individual should get. Some people can thrive off 6 hours, while others may need 7 to 8 hours per night.

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According to the Sleep Foundation, 45% of people in the U.S have said that lack of sleep has affected their daily routine in the past week. Which means that chances are, 1/2 of you reading this could use more sleep.

Try squeezing in an extra 50 minutes of sleep on a consistent basis by either going to bed earlier or waking up later (for those of you that can afford the luxury!).

2. 50-Minute Morning Blocks

There are many studies that show that the morning is when we’re the most creative. This is because willpower is limited, and we should take advantage of this by doing our most important work first in the morning.

Instead of rushing to respond to your emails, we should treasure our mornings to reflect on what’s coming up for the day, and create a strategy around how we can be the most effective.

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3. 50-Minute Block Times

One of the biggest reasons why we’re not able to find time to learn something new or work on our passion projects is that we’re still relying on “to-do lists.” According to Kevin Kruse, a bestselling author who studied billionaires, entrepreneurs, and Olympic athletes, the one thing these top performers have in common is: they schedule their priorities.

Putting things on your calendar and setting a specific timeline to it allows you to focus on just one thing that’s important to you, instead of being in reaction mode.

We can only get so much done when we’re constantly putting out the fire instead of strategizing for the long term.

4. 50-Minute Breaks

How often are you taking breaks while you work?

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There’s a diminishing effect that we all experience after a certain period of time. If you’re a Type-A person then it’s natural to want to push through it, thinking that you can get more done without taking breaks.

But our creativity, focus, and willpower will suffer if we don’t stand up once in a while and walk around.

One tool that we recommend using is the Pomodoro Technique.

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    Here’s how it works:

    1. Choose a task to be accomplished.
    2. Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer)
    3. Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
    4. Take a short break (5 minutes is OK)
    5. After four Pomodoros, take a longer break (15-30 minutes)

    5. 50-Minute Renewals

    At the end of the day, leveraging strategies to become your most productive self can only go so far.

    All of us need to schedule time to renew ourselves on a daily basis. Some of us can do this through meditation, for others it could be working out, or it could even be done through journaling to reflect on your day.

    There’s no perfect solution for renewing yourself, you’ll need to experiment to figure out what works best for you.

    Bonus: The 1-Page Productivity Planner

    Another tool that Brendon has created is the 1-page productivity planner. It’s a one-page template that helps you prioritize what’s most important during your day. Screenshot this planner and try it out for the next week.

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      Last Updated on March 23, 2021

      Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

      Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

      One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

      The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

      You need more than time management. You need energy management

      1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

      How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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      I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

      I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

      2. Determine your “peak hours”

      Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

      Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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      My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

      In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

      Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

      3. Block those high-energy hours

      Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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      Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

      If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

      That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

      There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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      Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

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