There are a couple things we can have under control in our life. Sadly, time is not one of them.
However, we can control how productively we use this limited resource.
Most of us everyday wish for “more hours in the day” to get things done.
A recent Stanford study is suggesting that devoting more time to getting things done is not as productive as it seems.
The study says that productivity falls off drastically after a 50-hour work week. That means that those working 70 hours accomplish just a little more with those extra 20 hours.
Along these lines, the problem isn’t about having more time to get everything done, it’s about using the time you already have more wisely. Try these five productivity hacks to enhance your every day hustle.
1. Start your morning right
How you start your morning makes your entire day.
Waking up early and get into full activity mode. That can help you accomplish more the entire day. Starting your day on a positive note is a genius thing and you should do that. While many people tend to focus on what they were not able to get done the previous day, resetting your priorities and the new day’s goals is essential for making the best use of your time.
Keep the phone and emails aside and start with some mind-empowering activities such as doing yoga and Pilates. Pilates will get your blood flowing and get you ready for work, while yoga will help you clear your mind.
2. Employ the Ivy Lee productivity method
An old productivity strategy suggests that you close each day by writing down a list of six essential things you want to do the next day. Each thing is listed according to its level of importance. The most important one comes first, the least important, last.
Your point is not to finish your tasks quickly but, to focus only on completing the first task. Proceed with the next task only when you’ve finished the first one. Do this until every task is finished.
James Clear, productivity expert and author, clarifies in a blog post how in 1918 Ivy Lee, a productivity consultant, counseled Charles Schwab, then the president of Bethlehem Steel, to embrace this plan for his employees. Schwab did just that, saw productivity rise and presented the consultant with a $25,000 check — a princely sum back in those days.
3. Try polyphasic sleep
As indicated by a research reported in the New York Times Magazine, lack of sleep costs companies in America more than $63 billion every year. We are programmed to sleep only at night. However, for most people is not enough. Taking siestas during the day may be exactly what you need to keep your productivity high all day long.
Polyphasic sleep is a sleep hack that intends to boost productivity by distort the normal straight seven-hour sleep. With polyphasic sleep, you get to sleep only 30 minutes every six hours. This approach gives you approximately five hours’ additional sleep in a day, while your body still gets the rewards of a normal six-to-seven-hour sleep.
4. Always wear a cheerful outlook
Our productivity is connected with our mood. That seems obvious, but also there’s proof. A University of Warwick study revealed that happy employees work harder. The study established that by working with happy people, employees studied were 12 percent more productive.
If you intend to see increased productivity at your business, stick with employees who are joyful and happy and stay away from those who tend to share negative energy. You can likewise contribute to the productivity levels of you colleagues by being joyful yourself. That is great for everybody.
5. Drink coffee
Hey there, all you latte fans, various studies show that drinking coffee boosts our productivity levels. Jeff Bickley, founder of Gayo Kopi, an exclusive coffee brand, validates this in a interview.
Coffee plays a powerful role in boosting our productivity,” he says. “During the day, a compound known as adenosine is produced, as neurons in the brain are terminated. We wind up feeling drained and exhausted as an aftereffect of its continuous production.
Coffee battles this by imitating the A1 receptor, which helps block adenosine.