16th April 2020

3 Simple Habits to Maximise Productivity

Do you get to the end of the day and wonder where the time went? Perhaps you have previously tried productivity hacks and apps to help you get more done, only to find your enthusiasm waning when they turn out to be more style than substance.

I find the key to maximising productivity is to use simple processes and routines that are doable, sustainable and that consistently deliver results. Here are three of my favourites.

“Focus on being productive instead of busy”

Tim Ferris, The 4 Hour Work Week

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Productivity Tip 1. Get started at the earliest opportunity

Whether you choose to get up before the rest of your household to have some uninterrupted time first thing in the morning, or you don’t sit at your desk until after the school run, aim to start working on your main priorities as soon as you can. Don’t use this valuable time for planning but instead try to get the big, chunky actions out of the way first.

Productivity Tip 2. Recognise natural peaks and troughs in time, attention and energy…then leverage them

If there is a part of the day where you are naturally at your brightest and most alert, leverage that by doing the high impact or creative tasks then. Similarly, where you know there will be a dip in energy but you can still work effectively, pick the mundane but necessary tasks, such as checking mail, filing or updating expenses.

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Productivity Tip 3. Plan ahead

Setting aside some time every evening to set out your priorities for the next day lets you clarify next steps and be intentional about deciding what to do when. Done consistently, this can help you to sharpen focus and tune into your priorities without the day already running away with you. Even 5 minutes to review your calendar and write out a few key actions will give you a visual template of what you will ideally do. Include specific times for high-value tasks and then allocate time accordingly.

I’m Kate, a productivity coach & professional organiser based in Glasgow. I work remotely or in-person to help busy decision-makers declutter their space and manage their time so that they can enjoy better balance and productivity. To sign up to my newsletter, please head to https://www.betterorganised.uk


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