My tips to staying productive and organized in my day

by Alcon
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Heres how I stay productive during my daily routines.

I establish a routine a stick to it.

I wake up every morning at 7:30am

Exercise, when I exercise I feel as though I am about 2x as productive that day than on the days which I do not excercise.

Write down a task of things to do, I use the pomodoro methods to track all of the things that I need to do in a day.

I use to eat infront of the computer, I realized that when I did this I would often start watching netflix or other shows and once its started.... well it was hard to stop.. Not going to lie though I was hooked on game of thrones for a week, season 1 to season 2, I came to this epiphany when I reached the end of season 2...

Take breaks, even if you don't need it, take regular breaks, I noticed that it increases the longevity of my mind.

Coffee or tea, pick your posion. I love tea but coffee makes me jump off walls and I get worse A.d.d

Organize organize organize.
Can't afford or don't have room for a filing cabinet? Goto staples or office depot, heck even check out craigslist and you'll find small portable filers that you can buy for super cheap. throw in some folders for 5$ and your golden.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Allard
    Great tips Alcon. Lately I've been getting up earlier to start working and that really helped me. I used to work at night but I find I'm a lot quicker and more focused in the morning.

    Another thing I like to do a lot is visualize what will happen if I don't finish the project I'm working on, and also what will happen if I do. Basic pain vs. pleasure that Tony Robbins talks about. Gets me motivated.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alcon
      Originally Posted by Dan Allard View Post

      Great tips Alcon. Lately I've been getting up earlier to start working and that really helped me. I used to work at night but I find I'm a lot quicker and more focused in the morning.

      Another thing I like to do a lot is visualize what will happen if I don't finish the project I'm working on, and also what will happen if I do. Basic pain vs. pleasure that Tony Robbins talks about. Gets me motivated.



      thats great! I visualize whats going to happen if I don't work aswell. My bank account goes to zero and I don't eat (I'm kind of a foodie so this would be death!) !


      I'm the same way, I work much better in the mornings, and if I wake up late I feel as my day is late. And as my day progresses on more and more distractions start to roll in which hamper my productivity. So I try to wake up early and work before all the distractions start to roll in


      I've found after talking to some people that each person has a window of a few hours in their entire day when they work best. For some people it could be at 5am, and other at 3pm. By testing you'll figure out for yourself when you work best.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Originally Posted by Alcon View Post

    Heres how I stay productive during my daily routines.

    I establish a routine a stick to it.

    I wake up every morning at 7:30am

    Exercise, when I exercise I feel as though I am about 2x as productive that day than on the days which I do not excercise.

    Write down a task of things to do, I use the pomodoro methods to track all of the things that I need to do in a day.

    I use to eat infront of the computer, I realized that when I did this I would often start watching netflix or other shows and once its started.... well it was hard to stop.. Not going to lie though I was hooked on game of thrones for a week, season 1 to season 2, I came to this epiphany when I reached the end of season 2...

    Take breaks, even if you don't need it, take regular breaks, I noticed that it increases the longevity of my mind.

    Coffee or tea, pick your posion. I love tea but coffee makes me jump off walls and I get worse A.d.d

    Organize organize organize.
    Can't afford or don't have room for a filing cabinet? Goto staples or office depot, heck even check out craigslist and you'll find small portable filers that you can buy for super cheap. throw in some folders for 5$ and your golden.
    Yeah. I find that tea helps a lot when I have low energy.
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  • Profile picture of the author elexmedia
    Write down a task of things to do, I use the pomodoro methods to track all of the things that I need to do in a day.
    Yes, get a note and write down your tasks and goals for that day. This is a small thing but have a big impact.

    I learned it from Richard Branson, the UK millionaire. He always carries with him a little notebook. In the notebook, he writes everything about what he needs to do in that day. I apply it to myself and it really makes me more productive.
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    • Profile picture of the author namktqs
      Yes,
      I agree with some points
      Exercise regular and keep relax enough in our work is important for our health.
      And my way here:
      With each morning and afternoon I take exercise regular
      I just simple drink more water.
      I ask myself how I can do less that effective more with my work.
      Everyday I learn something more.
      I think about things that I want achieve.
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  • Profile picture of the author Evocess
    Great tips Alcon!
    Having a daily exercise would really makes you refresh and become more productive because your mind is already set for the things that you're going to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author abugah
    Great tips. I find that my brain needs consistency. To remain productive I try to have productive habits. I try to avoid time wasters; which varies with individuals. I prefer starting my day at 4 am and doing exercise at 9am. I prefer getting into forums in the afternoon and generally find that avoiding negative feelings helps be more organized and productive.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alcon
      Originally Posted by namktqs View Post

      Yes,
      I agree with some points
      Exercise regular and keep relax enough in our work is important for our health.
      And my way here:
      With each morning and afternoon I take exercise regular
      I just simple drink more water.
      I ask myself how I can do less that effective more with my work.
      Everyday I learn something more.
      I think about things that I want achieve.
      Thats great!
      I agree with the water thing. I use to be quite skinny and when I started working out I began to take supplements. I eventually started on creatine which to work effectively requires that you drink a lot of water throughout the day. I started to carry those 1 gallon crystal geyer jugs around with me (I prefer the ones with the soft white strap bc it makes it much easier to lug around and throw) I began to notice that my thinking was getting a little clearer and I didn't get headaches as often.


      Originally Posted by abugah View Post

      Great tips. I find that my brain needs consistency. To remain productive I try to have productive habits. I try to avoid time wasters; which varies with individuals. I prefer starting my day at 4 am and doing exercise at 9am. I prefer getting into forums in the afternoon and generally find that avoiding negative feelings helps be more organized and productive.
      I agree with consistency. Today I had to do something that was unplanned and out of routine so i felt like it kind of threw my day out of whack.

      Yes, get a note and write down your tasks and goals for that day. This is a small thing but have a big impact.

      I learned it from Richard Branson, the UK millionaire. He always carries with him a little notebook. In the notebook, he writes everything about what he needs to do in that day. I apply it to myself and it really makes me more productive.
      Richard Branson is one of my idols, I didn't know that he carried a little notebook with him though. I do something similar to this, I use the colornote app on my android phone, but I haven't been practicing using my notepad as rigorously... I really only use it when I'm driving and some crazy random idea pops into my head
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  • Profile picture of the author LuceMk
    nich post Alcon,
    indeed very necessary break to cool off from the tension
    thus generating new ideas to be developed

    thanks for share
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  • Profile picture of the author JeniferStarr
    These are great tips. I recently left another full-time job to work from home and I've found that sticking to a routine helps me to be so much more productive. I'm definitely more productive if I start working early in the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author NezNezAt5
    Thanks for sharing.

    I myself find the need to be more organized and productive. I will feel guilty if I'm "off" the track. Normally I will use gmail tools to aid me, such as their calendar; keeps me on track to what I'm suppose to do for the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author angelinebobby
    Great tips...Thanks for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author Kragsig
    Originally Posted by Alcon View Post

    I use to eat infront of the computer, I realized that when I did this I would often start watching netflix or other shows and once its started.... well it was hard to stop.. Not going to lie though I was hooked on game of thrones for a week, season 1 to season 2, I came to this epiphany when I reached the end of season 2...
    Game of Thrones also took away 20 hours productive work from me

    Anyways. Great recipe of being productive.
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  • Profile picture of the author StoneP31
    great advice. I'm taking a break and going to get some tea.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chuck Sterling
    -- check email once a day.

    -- spend 30mins planning your entire day before you do anything

    -- get rid of all distractions whilst you're working.. get in the zone
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  • Profile picture of the author Geordie John
    Routines are awesome for keeping you focused and on task, good advice

    For those using daily task or to-do lists, try making the list last thing at night before you go to bed. I find i'm far more focused on the tasks on the list after i've slept on it - not sure of the psychology behind it, but it works like a charm for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tracy Moore
      I have found if I get up really early, my day goes much better. The quiet in the house before the rest of my family gets up is wonderful. I can make my to-do list and really focus on my first tasks of the day.

      Of couse this requires that I go to bed pretty early

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  • Profile picture of the author Scrape
    Tea FTW! Exercising helps me boost my productivity and taking a long shower. It cools my mind to start a new day
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  • Thank you for the tips Alcon. This will surely help me manage my time with my work and my family. I will keep my daily task organize that way i don't have to worry about not being able to finish what needs to be done in a day.
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  • Profile picture of the author fitnesslover1
    Couldn't agree more with you on the exercise part of your routine. I find myself to be way more productive when I exercise. And taking breaks is also extremely important. I have been trying to eliminate tv from schedule because I feel like become in a trance whenever I start watching tv, which causes me to waste time and be unproductive.
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    Great tips and insights Alcon! Very productive and organized indeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author ebiz1
    being organized is easy for me, I write down all it needs to be done a day before, and have an organiser handy for the weekly staff
    getting organized helps me a lot being productive, as procrastination stays at bay (most of the time at least)
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveSki
    Originally Posted by Alcon View Post


    Exercise, when I exercise I feel as though I am about 2x as productive that day than on the days which I do not excercise.
    If you want to know why you are 2x more productive on days that you exercise read:
    Amazon.com: Spark: The Revolutionary New Science...Amazon.com: Spark: The Revolutionary New Science... no... that's not an affiliate link.

    I got the audio version from Audible.com so I could listen to it as I work out.

    Cheers,
    Steve
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  • I should agree that having an everyday to-do list is very helpful. I have been doing this everyday and besides that, I also have my little "positive-goal-oriented" notes so I can work with a positive attitude, which contributes a lot to my productivity.
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  • Yes mate..I am not organized during the day and always eat while on computer and end up watching a movie.

    Thanks for the tips.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamesgregory
    Great info in this post. Only valuable input that I can recommend without repeating statements above is using Evernote. It's free, it's incredible. I never have to use paper EVER which is fantastic and everything you need is at your fingertips. It helps productivity in particular because you don't have to spend unnecessary TIME searching for information, data, files, notes, websites, lessons, etc etc etc... you tag everything and it's all searchable. Call it an "external brain." Incredible
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  • Profile picture of the author fannysee
    I used to work late into the night and wake up in the noon. It was a really lousy way to start my day since when I wake, half of it is gone.
    Waking up earlier now does have its merits, still struggling to factor in daily exercise though, I am a true blue couch potato...
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  • Profile picture of the author focused
    To confront the problem, I do a lot of what the OP suggests. One thing he suggests is exercise, and my form of doing that is to take a good walk. That always helps to recharge and get me back on track.
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  • Profile picture of the author codylyles
    Have a healthy living, 2 thumbs up for this post.
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    I like to spend 15 min every night, reviewing if I could have done anything in a more efficient manner.
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    • Profile picture of the author nipsyr
      set a good daily routine.

      I wake up at 5am every day of the week. Of course that means i go to bed kind of early.

      eat a decent breakfast.
      take a multi vitamin
      get a juicer and have a few pure veggie/fruit juices a day
      exercise
      meditate
      I use Evernote and love it but also keep notebook and mobile to voice records ideas
      I use the pomodoro app to plow through tasks i am finding hard to do.
      I set my goal list for the next day at the end of the day
      It is formatted to print out and take notes on
      get enough sleep have good mattress and pillows
      i don't watch tv anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author freeadstime
    I have a picture of the nicest car on the planet as my background and I want to have it. This motivates me more than anything else. So, I ignore other activities as they all take time.
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    thanks for the post 2 thumbs up well for health i stay away from girls
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve Lim
      Hi, for me I think the focus is very important in order to be discipline. I want to keep on train myself to be highly focus, and when I focus I am able to avoid procastination and distraction.
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnm1141
    Must watch Games of thrones. Lol I know your pain.
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  • Profile picture of the author leadertopIM
    Great! I agree with your tips.
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  • Profile picture of the author annsjones
    coffee...coffee..and another cup of coffee....that can bust my productivity
    A daily diary is also very very handy for keeping myself orginized
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  • Profile picture of the author IMLearningIM
    Great tips Alcon!

    I list tasks for next day before going to bed.
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  • Profile picture of the author JRat
    Couldn't agree more. Exercise is key. If you live in front of the computer you'll start to hate life after a while. You gotta break it up. I agree with IMLearningIM too, make a list of tasks for next day, get the coffee brewing on a timer so its there when you wake up.

    some day I hope to be doing well enough to wake up at 7:30 instead of 4:55 am too much work to do right now!
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  • Profile picture of the author cassandraw
    Great tips! I can really relate to the exercise thing. I feel like if I don't start my day off with some physical activity, I have low energy the whole day.
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  • Profile picture of the author eClarke
    Nice jajaja those are some nice tips... I sorta fall into the eating in front of the computer... when i realize all my morning has been wasted jaja... thanks for the tips
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  • Profile picture of the author dreamgirl21
    Good ideas. I always make a to do list the night before so I can keep focused.
    thank you for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author svetod
    Many thanks for you tips! Working out at the end of the day recharges my batteries!
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    I never eat in front of my computer. Otherwise, I am guess i am productive.
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