In a previous article, I have shared with you four productivity and time management tips. These tips tell you that multitasking does not make you more productive; our brains are losing their focus; the internet is demanding more of our precious attention; and friends and family can make you less productive.
In this article, I want to share the rest of the tips. These tips are taken from my notes about the podcast by Eben Pagan where he shares his insights and advice on how to build a business. Although the tips are meant for entrepreneurs, they can be applied to any person who wants to get more things done.
5. The royal road to productivity is habits and ritual
Ideas are powerful but alone they don’t carry any impact. You must bring your ideas to life if you want to create the impact. Creating change is not a one-time event; it is a result of consistency over time. If you want to achieve a goal or create a different outcome, then you must build the right habits.
Your habits become your rituals. Over time, the things you repeatedly do are what makes your idea come to life. The best habits to build are the ones that support the key areas of success. In personal matters, you must build habits that improve your health and relationships. In business matters, you build habits that improve your product and marketing.
6. Your computer is a key tool and a distraction
Almost everyone in the modern world is connected via a computer. We use computers for work and also for entertainment, to communicate with our loved ones and to save our precious data. Since we become so reliant on computers to function as productive people, we must have control over how we use our computers.
If you don’t control your computer use, you will lose time being distracted. There are various tools to keep you focused and free from distraction, and you can take a look at them here. One tip from Eben about using your computer is to make a separate distinction. When you are working, use the computer only to work; and when you are relaxing, use it only for entertainment.
7. Physically prevent distractions and interruptions
Speaking about being distracted, if you want to increase your productivity, you have to prevent being distracted and interrupted. First you must be aware of what are the most common distractions and interruptions that bother you. Then you have to take the necessary measures to prevent them from happening.
An example would be being distracted by email. If emails distract you, then prevent it by only checking your email twice a day (this is what I do personally). You can try turning off your internet connection and only turning it on again after you have done your work.
8. Dedicate the first 90-120 minutes of your day to high value activities
This last tip is the most powerful one. If there is only one tip you take away, then this tip should be it. Dedicate the first one or two hours of the day to a high-value activity. A high-value activity is one that has a long-term positive effect on your life. It could be exercising, spending time with your family, or working on your products or marketing.
When you invest time to make progress in the areas most important in your life, you get a boost of emotional satisfaction. You will build a positive momentum that continues throughout the day by beginning with an important activity. Over time, you will experience significant progress in your personal and business life and create the change you want to happen.
Start with one small action you can do today. Add more small actions once you gain momentum. If you want to know what more you can do to improve your productivity, take a look at Wake Up Productive by Eben Pagan. It has helped me at least twice as productive.