Maximizing productivity is something almost everyone says they want to do. Because of that, I want to share with you a few different productivity hacks that you can implement today that will really make a difference in how much you get done.
The Pomodoro Technique
Francesco Cirillo named this technique after his tomato-shaped timer in the 1990s. Essentially, it’s about working in short intervals with regular breaks. You can endure almost anything if it’s done in short bursts. When you use these short bursts to focus 100 percent on the task, you are highly likely to complete the task.
One Pomodoro is 25 minutes, and then take a five-minute break. After four Pomodoros, take a more extended break of at least 15 minutes, up to a 30-minute break. The way it works is that you set your timer, do the work and only the work during that time.
I use this method regularly - it’s even fun - but like to structure my times a little different: 50 minutes work, 10 minutes break (during which I move, stretch, exercise, etc.), do two rounds before taking a longer break (often times to cook and eat, or refill my beverage). If we call this a unit of work, I feel very productive when I complete 2 - 3 units a day.
So, you see that you can adapt this method to what works best for you. At the same time, you can choose your timer - whether it’s your watch, kitchen timer, or digital timer. I used to use a great Chrome extension (just search for Pomodoro), but right now I enjoy a Pomodoro timer that’s built right into my task management app. The advantage of the digital versions is that you can customize the work and break times for what works best for you.
This is the simplest way to increase your productivity. Everyone is probably always asking you to do more things. What happens if you have too many things to do is you end up being overwhelmed and either doing nothing or doing everything haphazardly. When you value your time more than you value money, saying no works wonders.
I share more about how you can learn to Say No and Protect Your Time in my upcoming masterclass. You don’t want to miss it! You can register here.
Give It Ten Minutes
Anytime you really don’t want to do something on your to-do list, tell yourself you’ll just do it for ten minutes. Set your timer for ten minutes. If you are almost through and you can finish the task within 20 minutes, stick with it. Reward yourself when it’s completed.
These productivity hacks will work for you if you give them a chance. You can achieve great things if you set your mind to it. Don’t allow distractions or the need to reinvent the wheel mess up your productivity.