Lately I’ve been been thinking a lot about productivity. What can we do to make more happen?
There are plenty of ways we can make more happen!
Get off Facebook! I’m certainly guilty of this as I love to talk to people and Facebook chat is certainly a tool that I use frequently, but I would doubt that I’m ever very productive while the site is up. There are tools out there for shutting down access to sites like facebook twitter, or whatever highly distracts you, but I just spent 20 minutes trying to find the app I was thinking about, but came up empty. The tools are out there if you have a problem– i know i’ll be looking for them.
Turn off notifications on your phone I am very careful about what will make my phone ding. Currently, the only things that make notifications are phone calls, text messages and twitter. I’m highly considering taking down the twitter notifications, but I find the conversations valuable! What notifications do you allow?
Keep a to-do list. I am a Moleskine fanatic. I use it for writing down tasks I need to do, fleshing out ideas, and standard diary type entries. I find that if i don’t explicitly write out the things I need to do, I’ll have a harder time remembering everything I need or should do. Also, if you’ve never crossed off everything on your To-Do list, you’re missing out
Play fewer games. Major props to my friend Matt for deleting every game off his computer. I think I’ll be doing the same thing, as I look at games as a social outlet. There are better ways to spend your time, even though I wont argue with you if you’re a big gamer, I understand how fun they can be.
Wake up earlier. I’m not really a morning person, but it is so much easier to carve out time for productive things like exercise, reading, or producing awesome. It also gives you a great reason to drink coffee.
Change your surroundings. I find that I have a very difficult time getting work done at home, that’s why people at local coffee shops know my name. I’ll pick up a small coffee and sit down and crank out the work. I even move to different tables if i’m starting to get restless. People must think I’m really strange, but I find that even looking at a different wall makes it easier for me to focus.
Let other people know what you’re working on. Though sometimes it’s good to keep your cards close to your chest, I find that if i discuss a project or business concept with somebody, I’m more likely to make the project happen. Every time you think about that person, you’ll be reminded of the project that received their feedback. Special Shout out to Brian, David and Ryan for their influence in some of my ideas. My friend Michael Good has announced a 21 day productivity challenge at this page. I’ll be participating.
What am I missing? What works for you?