1. Don’t check email first thing.
2. Set goals.
3. Don’t keep a To Do list in your head. Write it down. Leave space in your head for thinking and ideas.
4. Begin. Just do a tiny bit. Even noting down ideas helps. Once you start, momentum shifts from putting something off or thinking about the fact you should start.
5. Open the window. Go for a walk. Get some fresh air.
6. Get a new perspective. Read a different trade business magazine or article. Go to an unusual conference. Talk to someone from an unrelated profession about what they are doing. Gather ideas from outside your field.
7. Use train time, bus time or queuing time for thinking or unwinding, rather than using it for yet another ten minutes of information overload. You’ll feel less frantic if you take these opportunities for time out as they’re offered.
8. Look up. Look around. Notice the world going by.
9. Ask another productive person to help.
10. Switch off your cell phone an hour earlier than usual tonight. If you never switch your phone off, buy an alarm clock first then try pressing the off button. Sleep more.
11. Draw a line. Work emails can invade your mealtimes, weekends and holidays otherwise.
12. Switch off all pop-up notifications.
13. Eat the Frog, as an old saying goes. Do that one most difficult task early in the day and the rest of your workload will seem like a breeze after that.
14. Unsubscribe to five emails or lists you don’t want or need today. Do this regularly and you’ll notice your email traffic will go down.
15. Take a reality check. Do a digital detox.
16. Don’t forget how to concentrate.
17. Allow yourself spells of uninterrupted time to get on with important tasks. Build up your concentration in stages, from 15 minutes, to half an hour, to an hour. Notice how much work you’re getting done.
18. Redefine what is urgent. Your major goals trump checking social media.
19. Value your attention. Know that it’s a precious commodity and be in charge of how you spend it.
20. Try leaving your cell phone at home for once. :)
21. Speak to someone in person to sort out some business today. See what extra benefit that brings. Go beyond the surface digital interactions we’ve become so used to settling for.
22. If you’ve had a day full of being distracted, let it go. Some days are like that. Plan to set aside some focused time tomorrow to get on properly with an important task.
23. Don’t expect to be productive if you never take time out to recharge.
24. Who needs your attention today? What actually gets your attention?
25. Consider how could you redistribute your time to concentrate on this that truly matter?
26. Notice when you’re out of balance and feeling exhausted or overwhelmed due to information overload. Do one small thing to head back towards balance (for example, something else from this list).
27. Who’s in charge? You or your smartphone? Ignore it sometimes. See how that makes you feel.
28. A thought takes time. If you allow interruptions every few minutes, there’ll be no room for bright ideas. Give yourself space and time to think deeply.
29. Don’t forget about people in person. Leave uninterrupted time without distraction for nurturing relationships.
30. Email, social media and the Internet will distract you. Notice when this happens. Then bring your focus back gently to the task you want to get on with.
Which of these productivity times will help YOU be more productive and lead a ROCKSTAR LIFE? Feel free to leave comments below.