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50 Simple Ways To Stay Productive

50 Simple Ways To Stay Productive
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Productivity is one thing that we all strive to be excellent at. Although we all have different ways of being productive, sometimes the simplest things can make us more productive than ever.

Here are 50 simple ways (that we often overlook) to stay on top of our productivity game. I have found these ways to be helpful and hopefully it will help you out as well in one way or the other,

50. Stay focused on what you are doing.

49. Utilize and divide your time for each task in hand.

48. Analyze the outcome of your effort and decide accordingly how much time you need to spend.

47. Take a break.

46. Spend time with your loved ones and refresh your mind.

45. Share ideas with others and soak their criticism.

44. Keep your home office out of sight from your bedroom.

43. Invest in comfortable workspace furniture.

42. Meditate and relax your mind.

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41. Are you a day person or night? Plan accordingly so you can get the maximum output from yourself.

40. Work slow but steady.

39. Ask for help when needed.

38. De-clutter your workspace.

37. Back up your data.

36. Keep a wrist massager next to the computer.

35. Check your email not more than twice a day.

34. Exercise.

33. Use the morning air or evening breeze to cool off your mind.

32. Set goals not a goal and work accordingly.

31. Have everything you need ready for whatever you are working on.

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30. Have stationeries like pen, paper ready. Although you might be using the computer you never know when you are going to need them.

29. Shut the room door to block distraction.

28. Set limits for yourself.

27. Plan a to do list for each day and follow.

26. Read books on subjects that interests you to refresh your mind.

25. Walk, do not try to run with your project.

24. Stay informed on current news. Sometimes these can be a great source of information on something you are working on.

23. Instead of thinking why your life is so hard, think how you can change it for better.

22. Find others that might share similar interest to work with you.

21. Do something else every 30 to 40 minutes to refresh your mind and body.

20. Take a nice warm bath, it’s amazing what it can do to you.

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19. Use a table lamp instead of overhead lighting to keep you focused on one thing.

18. Do not take phone calls unless it is related to your productivity for that particular project.

17. Divide your time between family and projects.

16. Give more time to family and get more peace of mind.

15. Keep it cool.

14. Don’t panic, it won’t happen overnight.

13. Find what others have done in related fields and learn.

12. Ask yourself questions, lot of them.

11. Let everybody at home know you will be working between so and so time.

10. Do not stress.

9. Love what you are doing.

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8. Be Passionate about what you are doing.

7. Give yourself credit for what you do.

6. Look in the mirror and compliment yourself, just say “God, you are good looking !”

5. Build confidence in yourself.

4. Keep a positive attitude.

3. Forget about what others are doing, you do it your way.

2. Productivity lies within you. Know yourself first.

1. Read > Learn > Ask and Apply! Stay productive.

There it is! Simple productivity tips for you that I have found useful for myself. Feel free to add more to this list and share some of your ways on staying productive through your comments.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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