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We all want to do more and to accomplish as much as possible. When you only have 24 hours in a day, and you sleep for 8, eat for 1, and spend other time with personal responsibilities, it’s hard to stay productive. So how do you become one of the hyper-productive people? One of the people who work, maintain a family, and complete their daily routines, yet somehow manage to learn another language, read that Pulitzer prize winning book, and keep their life under control? Here’s how to do it.
Simplify: To accomplish more, you need to simplify. Crazy, right? Keep the focus on the tasks you have in front of you. Get rid of clutter, go with the bare necessities.
**More to come on simplicity, stay tuned**
Listen: No, not listen like your teacher constantly nags you to do, but use your ears for more than nonsense radio talk, and the constant repetition of exhausted music. Audio books, audio lessons, and podcasts are all becoming more common. Instead of dreading your 25 minute commute every day, think of it as a 25 minute lesson you can have to improve yourself. Whether it’s a new language or reading a great book, you can use your time while walking, running, driving or relaxing to use your ears to get more done.
Stay On Task: One of the best productivity tips I can give you is to keep a to-do list. Every night before you go to bed, create a to-do list, and don’t go to sleep the next night without accomplishing it. This will keep you from constantly pushing back tasks and your productivity will skyrocket. **Keep lists within reason kids**
Time: You have to be able to manage your time. Believe it or not, in order to be hyper-productive it’s a good idea to give yourself less time to complete a task. Not so little that you have to rush them, but just small enough time keep yourself busy, while still allowing you to complete more.
Multitasking: This is a tough one. I personally can do do homework, text, eat, and occasionally write down ideas for Life and Chinese Food, all while I’m listening to an audio book. I’m a productivity freak, though. There are many people I know who can do 100 things at the same time, and others who work better when their focused on one task. So pick what works best for you. Whether you’re a person who can do 10 things at once, or a person who can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, that’s fine. Just get work done.
Work: You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t want to get work done. Working is a huge part of your life, but the contemporary view of work is that of a dreary, boring experience. Try to keep the reason for your work in the front of your mind so that you’re always working with a purpose; and if you can’t remember the reason for why you’re working, stop what you’re doing and go work on something with some importance to you.
This brings me to my last point…
Take Breaks: Scientific studies show that taking a simple 15 minute break after studying for an hour can increase the amount of information you absorb. Don’t take too many though, or you’ll end up not getting anything done.
If you follow these steps, you won’t wake up tomorrow and conquer the world, but you will notice a difference. You’ll begin to get more done and you’ll enjoy doing it. You will feel better and life will be just a little more enjoyable.