Post Your Best Productivity Tips Here!

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I've been playing around these and they've DRAMATICALLY increased my productivity online.
  • Making a "to do list" with 3 sections - URGENT (which you MUST get done today or you die...), IF TIME (only do if you have time) and NEAR FUTURE (tasks that can wait a few days). Everyday focus on getting all the URGENT tasks done
  • Setting a 55 min timer (Timer - E.ggTimer.com) and working non-stop during that period. Take a 5 minute break and repeat
  • Turning off email, FB, twitter, etc
  • Setting deadlines and delegating a specific amount of time for your tasks (ex. write a 500 word article in 30 minutes) and do whatever it takes to meet that timeframe
What are yours?
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  • Profile picture of the author easyrider7
    Do your most difficult tasks early on in the day when your mental energy at its highest. Leave your most simple tasks until the end of the day when you are mentally tired.
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  • Profile picture of the author maile15
    Just came back from a Nutrition...

    Drink Water 2 liter
    Eat Healthy - Protein, healty fat
    Enough sleep
    Excersise

    That should make you at least 40 - 60 % more productive, concentrated!
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  • I go to the library at my college because it is a good environment to work.

    I either like silence or loud dubstep or gangster rap.

    I set daily goals, achievable ones.

    General mindset, I try to keep high spirits. Confidence is key.

    I "check" myself when I find myself just messing around instead of doing work, if I really can't focus I go smoke a cigarette and try to figure out whats holding me back.
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  • Profile picture of the author razorico
    Cool Tips Tony, it will be quite difficult to add some more. One thing I didn't see in your list - is a reward after finishing. When I'm starting working, I also set up a reward for myself, when I finish. Everything could be a reward- a delicious meal, new game, going outside for work and pleasure. Just ask yourself how would your satisfy yourself, after finishing tasks, completing your goals.
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    • Profile picture of the author Anthony W
      Originally Posted by razorico View Post

      Cool Tips Tony, it will be quite difficult to add some more. One thing I didn't see in your list - is a reward after finishing. When I'm starting working, I also set up a reward for myself, when I finish. Everything could be a reward- a delicious meal, new game, going outside for work and pleasure. Just ask yourself how would your satisfy yourself, after finishing tasks, completing your goals.
      Yep- completely agree... great tip
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  • Profile picture of the author Manny Derek
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  • Profile picture of the author Tygrupe
    2 monitors for sure! Once you try it you never go back.

    NEVER start your day by opening email. It sets you up to focus on what other people want you to do and not what you need to do.

    I also use a sticky note on whiteboard system (don't laugh it was the best thing I have done for productivity!)

    On the left I have 3 main projects- my local marketing, my coaching clients, and my niche blogs. That is the brain dump area where I dump my new tasks as I think of them.

    Then there is the grid of 4x4=16 spots for a single sticky note with x axis=impact low to high and y axis=effort high to low. So the top right spot is where I put the sticky with the most immediate impact item that is easiest to do. The bottom left is where I put the stuff that has a minimal cash flow effect and takes the most effort. Work top right to bottom left.

    On the right is the "delegation bin" where I put the stuff I can't get done in a days line up and send it off to my VA's so it still gets done.

    Each sticky has a task time on it so I know how many hours I put into the grid to equal a full days work. Soooo satisfying when you clear all of the sticky notes out of the grid!

    Here is a picture:

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    • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
      work hard
      respect your parents
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    • RE: Tygrupe's whiteboard/sticky system...This is ingenious! Thanks for the explanation and the picture. Makes it very clear.
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      • Steven Covey popularized the "four quadrant" system of time management.

        But he was not the inventor. One of the most famous users of the four quadrant system was US President Dwight Eisenhower. The "Covey Quadrant" system is
        also known as "The Eisenhower Box." At the heart of the system is the simple idea "that which is urgent is seldom truly important, that which is truly important is seldom urgent."

        Mind Map - Steven Covey's Time Management Matrix as a Mindmap - Map #2 of 2

        So the key to time management is to distinguish
        what is "urgent/important" (Crisis) and what is "important/not urgent" (longer term benefit) and focus time on those, rather than on the "urgent/not important" and the "not urgent/not important."
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        • Profile picture of the author Rohm
          Originally Posted by Robert John Hughes View Post

          Steven Covey popularized the "four quadrant" system of time management.

          But he was not the inventor. One of the most famous users of the four quadrant system was US President Dwight Eisenhower. The "Covey Quadrant" system is
          also known as "The Eisenhower Box." At the heart of the system is the simple idea "that which is urgent is seldom truly important, that which is truly important is seldom urgent."

          Mind Map - Steven Covey's Time Management Matrix as a Mindmap - Map #2 of 2

          So the key to time management is to distinguish
          what is "urgent/important" (Crisis) and what is "important/not urgent" (longer term benefit) and focus time on those, rather than on the "urgent/not important" and the "not urgent/not important."
          Great point.

          I once used the Covey planner; I'll try to buy one now.

          Thanks for the reminder.
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    • Profile picture of the author YoGirly
      I love using timers with the pomodoro technique. Post it notes are an absolute must as well.
      I have also created an insperation video to help me get focused again if I start to wonder.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicola Lane
    Make sure that you have a plan - so that you know what you are doing.

    Regularly evaluate your plan to check that you are achieving what you set out to.

    Regularly check to find out if outsourcing or automating would be a better use of your time and or money (remember to include in your calculation the amount of time you need to spend supervising your outsourcers!)
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  • Profile picture of the author CanadaSEO
    I make use of software such as Time Doctor and I stick some sticky notes right into my table. And, yes. I have a staring toy cat on my table. LOL.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jarrod
    1-As EasyRider7 said, do the biggest task first. This is the essence of Brian Tracy's book "Eat That Frog!" It's based on a Mark Twain quote "If you eat a live frog every morning, you can go through the rest of the day knowing the worst of it is behind you." You build momentum and release endorphins. We have a tendency to knock out the quick and easy things first then save the big tasks for later. But when you do it the other way, the momentum you build will just plow through the small tasks at the end so that you actually get everything done.

    2-Spend a LOT of time really planning. Get yourself very mentally and emotionally involved in the planning process, for this is not only how you organize your efforts but also how you build up the mental and emotional energy you will need to carry you through. Lincoln once said "If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first seven sharpening the axe."
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  • Profile picture of the author barbling
    Sometimes I'll post my goals on Facebook and be accountable that way.

    Also sticky notes rock, as does having on

    RainyMood.com: Rain makes everything better.

    Mind/body/spirit - it rocks!
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    • Profile picture of the author apolwar
      Don't mind other people's business. Instead, focus on your own business and improve it while you can.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daymon
    Thanks for sharing your tips all on productivity, here's mine:

    Breakdown the goal in little chunks and start on it right away.....
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Here are my productivity tips. I am arguably fairly adept at this, perhaps.
    • Relax
    • Do not give up
    • Plan
    • Keep up good self-care
    • Get enough sleep
    • Eat healthy
    • Be on time
    • Respect others
    • Respect yourself
    • Have some fun

    That's about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author PinkVelvet
    I like the idea of turning off Facebook, other social networks, and e-mail. That's a really good idea. Also, you shouldn't surf on Youtube or even dare opening your chat. This is a big no no when it comes to working online.

    I'll try to implement this into my everyday online life. I work about 1 hour without stopping and then usually take a break, to drink some tea or just stretch. Sometimes I'll even go outside and walk around for a bit. It really helps me.

    As for getting to bed early, this is something I need to work on. I'm a bit of a night owl and like to stay up late. Especially if I still have some projects going.
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  • Profile picture of the author watson229
    I am completely agree with Michael. All these tips are really very essential but to move our life with all these is actually a tough job. And if a person do these then he can make his life more than wonderful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tommy Smith
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  • Profile picture of the author danstelter
    Less is more. Working 50-60 high-quality hours actually makes me more productive than working 70-80 scatter-brained and hectic hours. My energy is stronger and I can do a higher quality job.
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  • Profile picture of the author LukePeerFly
    The thing that has REALLY helped increase my productivity is taking breaks frequently. If you bog yourself down you're going to hurt your productivity, not improve it.
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    • Profile picture of the author dunkinbbb
      About taking breaks to improve your productivity -

      The Pomodoro Technique is a cool way to implement that approach.

      On this site - there is lots of info including a free ebook.

      The Pomodoro Technique®

      And then - at least for chrome - there is a very cool extension -strict pomodoro - that manages the process without needing an eggtimer - check out the site and you'll understand. :-)

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  • Profile picture of the author jackcoburn
    I just want to make it simple >> Do one task at a time and know your priorities.
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  • Profile picture of the author AC683
    I find it best to plan things out. If you don't then the day will get away from you and you'll end up not getting anything done. So plan your day the night before. Here are some steps to take in order to become more productive:

    - Write down your top 10 lists of things that you want to get done the next day.
    (include anything that you did not get done from the previous day)
    - Before you start work the next day review your list and assign a time limit for each task
    - Schedule in breaks
    - Start working (use a timer to stay on schedule)
    - Strike each item off of your list as you get it done.
    - Celebrate!!
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  • Profile picture of the author selfmadetycoon
    Here is the number one productivity tip that is the foundation of all success and achievement. This is the cornerstone of productivity. This is what I've learned from various sources. The number one priority for productivity is to eliminate distractions and interrruptions. Work for 1-2 hours on your number one priority daily of uninterrupted work.Keyword uninterrupted. Off cellphone, emails, etc. Setup your work environment where you can't be distracted. When you finished with your productivity session plug out and do some relaxing like meditation or whatever you prefer. Recovery is just as important as any exercise.
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  • Profile picture of the author Top Dog Marketer
    One of the biggest productivity boosters is to setup a working space for yourself where you can "zone in" and just work. This for me means no cell phone, rain failling sounds/ocean waves, and an organized desk and office.
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  • Profile picture of the author vpunch
    These are all excellent tips and ideas. Very helpful. Thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author svborgman
    My favorite productivity tips come from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits:
    Pick One Goal
    Also make a projects list: and list your top 3 projects
    Each morning: pick one next action for your One goal, and two next actions for any projects.
    Schedule those tasks into your day.
    Shut off all distractions, online and offline, while working on your 3 top to do's.
    Repeat the next day.
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  • Profile picture of the author chelsean
    1. Rid of your distractions-- i.e. Tv, Facebook, etc..
    2. Set a schedule and stick to it.
    3. Create a place of "work."
    4. Take action.
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  • Profile picture of the author magnates
    Originally Posted by Tony W View Post

    I've been playing around these and they've DRAMATICALLY increased my productivity online.
    • Making a "to do list" with 3 sections - URGENT (which you MUST get done today or you die...), IF TIME (only do if you have time) and NEAR FUTURE (tasks that can wait a few days). Everyday focus on getting all the URGENT tasks done
    • Setting a 55 min timer (Timer - E.ggTimer.com) and working non-stop during that period. Take a 5 minute break and repeat
    • Turning off email, FB, twitter, etc
    • Setting deadlines and delegating a specific amount of time for your tasks (ex. write a 500 word article in 30 minutes) and do whatever it takes to meet that timeframe
    What are yours?
    I love the tips . I would add doing at least 10 minute exercise every day > I do a 50 Minutes timer sometimes .if i have a huge task , I block out 120 minutes and then take a 30 minutes break and celebrate what i have done >

    setting deadline is great and puts urgency to the work that needs to be done .
    Great tips
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  • Profile picture of the author SavTJohnson
    Do one thing at a time! It's better to do one thing great then ten things bad.
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    Start your work early and sleep early to recharge your energy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shawn Darlin
    I personally use "StayFocused" plugin for Chrome. You can add websites to a "Block List" and it will only allow you to use those websites 10 minutes per day.

    Definitely helps with productivity!
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  • Profile picture of the author focused
    Start your day by working on the most important and pressing
    items first. And be diligent in always making some amount
    of progress, so that can encourage you for the next time you
    come to that project.
    Also, limit the time you spend on time-wasting online activities.
    A walk or exercise is also helpful to clear the mind, and to
    get re-energized.
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