Productivity – Three Hacks To Maximise Your Working Day

It’s a busy day at work, you have reports due, marketing emails to send and a 1-2-1 meeting with one of your staff. You feel as though you’ve just sat down but it’s actually 2pm. “Where has the day gone? I’ve achieved nothing and I’ve been in the office since 8am” you scream internally.

You sit there and ponder: “Maybe I shouldn’t have taken that quiz to see which F.R.I.E.N.D.S character I am (everyone knows I’m Ross)… Did I really need to watch everyone’s story on Snapchat?… Was it imperative that I found a new way to make eggy-bread on YouTube?”

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“Surely this didn’t waste too much time” you tell yourself, completely baffled that you’re six hours into your working day and you haven’t completed anything. Then just as you think you need to focus , without hesitation, a thought pops in your head and you pick up your phone to see what the current exchange rate is for the dollar as you’re off on holiday in nine months’ time… followed by a “quick” look on Trip Advisor to see if there are any steakhouses near your hotel.

Ok, this may be an exaggeration of a typical office day (although for some of you, I know it’s not) however the message is an important one. In today’s world it’s far too easy to lose focus on your tasks at hand.

To help you avoid these pitfalls, I’ve created a short but awesome list of three guaranteed ways to increase your productivity in the workplace.

Tasks and rewards

This hack is straight from one of my favourite authors and success guru’s, Brian Tracy. Brian advises that when you want to be productive, you should break down your tasks into smaller chunks or around an hour and reward yourself for finishing each task.

Brian used the example of having a plate of cookies, he’d eat a cookie every time he finished a task. Now in the modern world, maybe eating a plate of cookies each day may motivate you to complete your tasks but won’t have a desired impact on your waistline.

Exchange the eating of cookies for something else that motivates you personally, maybe a five minute stint on your favourite mobile game or social media network. Just make sure you stick to your allotted time frame and you’ll see a huge spike in your productivity.

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Application Tracking

If technology is your downfall, then take that enemy and make it an ally with an app such as “BreakFree” – available on both iOS and Android. You can’t hit a target you can’t see and this app give you a big juicy target!

This app tracks how much you use the apps on your phone. It compiles all of this data into an “addiction score”. They idea is to make a game of it and get your addiction score as low as possible.

What’s the easiest way to reduce your addiction score? GET BACK TO WORK! Exactly!

Check it out and give it a go!

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The Pomodoro Principal

Pomodoro – what a great word to say!

Pomodoro is a fascinating technique of blasting your productivity through the roof. Developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980’s, he discovered that working flat out for 25 minutes (known as “one Pomodoro”) followed by five minutes of “rest” is the best way to get the most out of your working day. This is currently the technique I’m using and I am seeing great results. I currently spend the five minutes break walking around my office listening to Les Brown motivational snippets on my phone.

If you want to be more active but you’re struggling to fit a gym session into your schedule you can incorporate this into your Pomodoro’s. You could try mixing it up so your five minutes of rest is five minutes of exercise.

Do as many reps of a specific exercise in each break. Good exercises for these breaks are:

  • Burpees
  • Pushups
  • Pullups
  • Squats
  • Situps

Once your five minutes is up, drink some water and get back to work. Believe me, after five minutes of Burpees you’ll be begging to get back into your 25 minute Pomodoro!

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Key Takeaways:

  1. Ross is by far the best character in F.R.I.E.N.D.S
  2. Treat yourself if you’ve earned it.
  3. Although technology can be the enemy, you can flip this around and make it your greatest productivity ally.
  4. Pomodoro is a fun word to say, it’ll also help you crush your productivity

What do you think of these three hacks? Do you have any productivity hacks you’d like to share? If so, leave a comment and share your knowledge.

That’s it for today, take care and keep crushing it!