Sexy ideas – 5 hacks for productivity
Every Thursday lunchtime at Hub Islington we get together over sexy salad. We rustle, chop and nourish ourselves with leafy goodness for a community gathering. And use the stream of vitamins to get our brains into top form and supercharge our workday.
In today’s blog we share our top five hacks to increase productivity for maximum impact. Master these habits and you will reap rewards!
1) Plan your day with the 80/20 rule
The Pareto principle or the 80/20 rule states that 80% of the outputs come from 20% of the input. Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist observed that 80% of Italy’s wealth was in the hands of 20% of the population. To use this principle identify the key inputs (those important 20% of tasks that you do) that are creating most (80% of your forward moving results). Find ways to focus on these and automate, delegate or eliminate the rest. Plan your day to prioritise these forwarding actions, early in your day or when your energy levels and focus are clearest.
” Why should you add structure and plan out your day and your week? Because otherwise you are too much at the mercy of the winds of change, reacting to what comes your way instead of deciding what’s important and what you really want to accomplish. Take control of your day, instead of letting the needs and wants and priorities of others control it for you.” – Leo Babauta – Zenhabits.
2) Goodbye multitasking
Do one task at a time, without distractions. First, eliminate all distractions. Shut off email, cell phone, Internet if possible and clutter on your desk. Then, set a timer if you like, or otherwise just focus on your task for as long as possible. You can find useful timers for your phone based on the Pomodoro technique. Working for small chunks of focused time. For an added incentive to grow little animated trees and track your progress with forests try http://www.forestapp.cc/ for IOS, Android and Windows Phone.
3) Periodically check email
The holy grail that is inbox 0. To reduce email stress check your inbox periodically such as hourly (or even three times a day). There are apps such as Google Inbox that treat mail more like tasks. If it is not actionable, you click “done” to archive mail, and “schedule” to have it resent to you at a time, date or even location in the future when you need to act on it.
4) Create routines and batch complete tasks
Batch together tasks that are similar. Also those that take only a few minutes, so you can blitz through them and create momentum. Routines are helpful for the beginning and end of your work day and help create healthy boundaries for work and leisure.
5) Take a mindful movement break
The detrimental health risks as a result of long sitting hours are surfacing. For mental clarity. take a short walk and stretch, say hello to other hub members, hydrate and create a mindful moment with a few breaths.