1. Have a reason for working faster.
Whether it’s wanting more time with friends, a hobby you’re passionate about, or anything else, find something that you’re passionate about that gives you a reason to work harder. Don’t work harder just so you can work more.
2. Use the Pomodoro Technique.
If you’re stuck in a rut and can’t decide what to work on, use the Pomodoro Technique. Set a timer for 25 minutes and work on one thing as hard as you can, with no distractions. You’ll likely trick yourself into working for even longer.
3. Try out the 30-30 Method.
This is all about working in chunks. Work for 30 minutes, then take a break and do something fun for 30 minutes. I’ll often read a book or just play a video game during these breaks. Going outside is good as well. Of course, you can experiment with the time blocks to find what works best for you.
4. Don’t multi-task.
Your brain isn’t a computer – the switching costs associated with changing tasks are high. Focus on one thing at a time, and try not to work in environments that have other stimulants pulling at your attention, like the TV.
26. Do the dishes.
Before you start your main work for the day, do the dishes. This is an easy, low-level task that doesn’t take much mental effort, so it can really help you to ease yourself into the working mindset before you dive into higher-level stuff. This video from Yaro Starak explains the idea:
27. Make time to exercise each day.
You might think working out eats into your productive time, but you’ll gain that time back (and more) through the benefits exercising will bring you. Better mental clarity, focus, and creativity are just a few. Also, you’re more likely to not die so soon, so I guess that’s an added bonus.
30. Be MINDFUL.
This idea is simple but powerful: just be mindful of the things going on in your life. Regularly run checks in your brain on the things that affect you. When can you sign up for classes? When should you start looking for an apartment for next year? Asking these questions regularly can save you a ton of time and stress, and will generally help you get things done before other people do them – also known as “winning”.
Check out the whole list here: 30 Lightning-Fast Productivity Hacks To Help You Work Better.