Do you quietly admire people who work more than you and succeed — and are happy, vigorous and never complain? You may think that they have magical skills, but they don’t.
Productivity can be learned. All you need to do is to find the productivity methods that work for you and make them a habit. You’ve probably already tried a few popular solutions, so here are 10 less obvious hacks that may help you to become a productivity beast.
1. Sweat a little before work
Get up early and dedicate half an hour to an hour to your beloved workout. No matter what you prefer — running, swimming, lifting weights or something else — morning effort gives your brain a nice shot of oxygen and glucose. Don’t let your mind be undernourished.
2. Take a cold shower
A cold shower in the morning may sound like a horror, but it gives you extra vital powers. A cold shower forces you to take deeper breaths and your blood to flow like wild river. It also gives you an additional oxygen injection, makes you more energetic and is guaranteed to boost your concentration.
3. Gobble strawberries
Yum! Aside from the simple fact that almost everyone loves strawberries, they also provide you with towering level of antioxidants. When you start forgetting things and becoming more susceptible to stress, a simple dose of strawberries may save your life.
4. Change your morning Facebook habit (or whatever you do) to crosswords
For a long time, I thought reading anything before breakfast and coffee skyrocketed my productivity because it trains my brain. Beep! Wrong. Scrolling Facebook, Lifehack or reading a newspaper is like sliding over the surface of information.
Try something that engages your mind, like crosswords, puzzles or Sudoku. You’ll see a noticeable change in how your brain works after this kind of engaged warm up.
5. Always make note of your productivity ideas
When you think about your plan for a project you’ve been working on, you probably see little holes and weaknesses in your perfect plan. The worst thing you can do is to change your strategy on the spot.
What you can do is plan to avoid those problems in the future. Form the habit of writing down every idea of how you can improve your workflow in the future.
6. Design your workplace yourself
Current design trends of minimalism and puritan austerity have a negative impact on productivity. The results of British scientists, Craigh Knight and Alex Haslam, speaks for itself: employees working in self-decorated workplaces are about 32 percent more productive than those working in minimalistic offices.
7. Work standing up
Writer Ernest Hemingway used to work standing up. Thanks to this little trick, he could write for hours, staying concentrated and clear-minded. When you sit, your body is resting, so you become susceptible to distractions and procrastination.
Standing requires healthy muscle tone and improves blood circulation, so you stay stimulated and don’t get distracted.
8. Avoid too much “good job”
Terrence Fletcher, the spooky music teacher from movie Whiplash, said: “There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job.” Be careful about congratulating yourself too often.
If you’re too tolerant of what you do, you may miss the moment when you lower your standards. Treat your achievements more like next steps to something bigger than like a final victory.
9. Don’t listen to overly engaging music
When you listen to your beloved Mozart’s second piano concert in B-flat major, you won’t’ be able to focus on work because you’ll focus on your favorite parts of the music. It’s similar when you listen to music that’s new for you. Fresh, interesting sounds capture your attention. If you have to listen to music, listen to pieces that allow you to work.
10. Replace the office with the cafe
Working in the office can sometimes be like sitting in front of a blank page and saying “Now I have to figure out some glorious ideas.” Please, don’t do this. According to The Journal of Consumer Research, occasionally leaving your comfort zone and going to a somewhat noisy place (like a cafe) can unblock your creativity, allowing you to think more clearly and focus on work for a longer time.
Being productive doesn’t have to mean sacrifice and maintaining strict discipline. As you can see, most of those tips are pleasant (maybe with the exception of the cold shower) and are easy to put into practice. They’ll help you be more satisfied with your work and your achievements.
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By Osman H. Abraham
Becoming productive is the first step to becoming successful.
So if you truly desire success you have to begin by working on becoming a more productive person.
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Do you struggle with sticking to your exercise, diet or “being nicer and more patient” goals? It’s likely that you sabotaged yourself by focusing on what you didn’t do instead of celebrating what you did.
The brain needs evidence of success if you want your new behavior to become a habit.
Pathways in the brain act like a rubber band. You can stretch them but they will snap back into place if you don’t give yourself evidence that what you want is attainable. You then resign yourself to repeating negative but comfortable behavioral and thinking patterns, using your brain to justify your behavior.
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Successful people are known to be great at practicing tips on time management. Chances are, if you want to be an extremely successful professional at your chosen field, you should also learn how to organize your day effectively.
So now, you’re excited.
You can’t wait to get started and organize your day right away. There’s a tiny problem, though: Where should you start? With all the tips, techniques, and tricks scattered all over the Internet, which tips are really going to be effective and convenient for you to adapt? With all the stress and the expectations during your day, how can you even get started? Read more
Women are not looking for a perfect man because of one simple reason – he doesn’t exist. All men have their weaknesses and imperfections. But why do some men attract lots of women, have an awesome career and succeed in all aspects of life, and others don’t?
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By Marlene Gundlach
Setting SMART goals for your project is a strong first step, but don’t let them limit your productivity.
Setting Your Goals
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I used visualization techniques frequently when I first became interested in the art of hoopdance. I would spend a significant amount of time watching performances of advanced hoopdancers. I would then visualize myself performing the same dance sequences. I did this just as often as I practiced.
Eventually, I would just be playing around with my hoop and my body would spontaneously do the exact same sequences when I was in a “flow” state, without having to consciously think about it. My visualizations became a reality.
Visualization techniques are frequently used by dancers, leaders, artists, entrepreneurs and athletes alike to improve their performance. The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality. Such techniques will help train our minds to believe what we want to be true is already true, thus helping us manifest our dreams into reality.
If you’re a first time visualizer, try these visualization strategies to help you achieve success.
1. Use all 5 Senses in Your Visualization
Despite its name, visualization should include more than just your eyesight. Imagine with all of your senses that what you dream is a reality. See the image in your minds eye, hear the sounds, taste it, smell it, and feel it in your body.
2. Get Dramatic and Act Out Your Visualization
Be playful and use your imagination. Role-play is a great technique for kinesthetic learners. Acting out your visualization will help you feel in your body that your dreams are already a reality.
If it helps, have a partner act with you. For example, if you are trying to manifest a raise, have a partner pretend to be your boss. The two of you can act out the discussion and he can tell you that will be getting a raise for all of your hard work.
3. Use Props
Props are a great way to trick the unconscious mind into believing something is reality.
Actor Jim Carrey grew up in a poor family and would often dream of being an actor. He took his visualizations seriously and would imagine directors coming up to him and offering him acting jobs.
Jim is famous for using props in his visualizations. He once wrote himself a check for 10 million dollars, dated it a few years in advance, and wrote, “for acting services rendered” in the memo line. Just a few months before the check date, he received 10 million dollars for his role in Dumb & Dumber.
Be creative when using props. But, make them seem as realistic as possible. For example, if you are trying to manifest getting out of debt, write a letter to yourself from your finance company stating that your debt has been eliminated and put it in your mailbox for you to receive.
4. Meditate Immediately Prior to Visualization
Meditation will put you in a relaxed open state, which allows your visualization to penetrate you on a deeper level. Relaxing the mind will help silence your mind and clear out any negative thoughts, beliefs, fears, and doubts that will hold you back from achieving your goals.
5. Visualize Several Times a Day
The more you visualize, the better. Use moments of down time to practice short 2-3 minute visualizations.
6. Write Your Visualizations Down
Write your visualizations down using descriptive language. The memory system responds well to the written word and this will reinforce the ideas in your mind, particularly if you have an auditory learning style.
7. Create a Vision Board
A vision board will make your visualization tangible. Use photographs, magazine cutouts, and other items to create a vision board of your goal. Look at it frequently to remind you of that which you hope to accomplish.
8. Be Within Your Own Limits
If you think something is beyond your limits, then it will be. If you are used to living on a low income, don’t immediately try to visualize earning one million dollars, because most likely it will appear to you as beyond your limits and you will feel too much doubt.
For best results, start out visualizing that which is believable to you. Once you start seeing results, then you may find that you are able to stretch your limits even further after seeing the true creative power you hold in your life.
9. Be Proactive
Jim Carrey once stated on the Oprah Show, “Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and then go make a sandwich”.
Visualization is not magic. You still have to put in effort when trying to achieve a goal. I would not have been able to perform hoop tricks by merely visualizing them. I still had to practice and allow my body to become accustomed to the movement and develop muscle memory.
I hope that you find these visualization strategies effective at manifesting what you want in your life. Each of us possesses a unique and creative source of infinite potential within us. Unlock yours by retraining your brain and releasing your limiting beliefs, fears, and doubts that hold you back.