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My notes in productivity

  1. Know what you want. Then do more things that make you closer to them.
  2. Start with them. Other stuff can wait.
  3. Say “No” more often. This will help you put more time and focus on the most important tasks.
  4. Delegate. But first set clear instructions and outcome. It also takes time to manage people. Get the most out of it.
  5. Set aside the time and resources required to accomplish something.
  6. Don’t sit in front of the computer if you have no idea what to do. You might get lost in YouTube and other sites that will eat away your whole day.
  7. If you still want to do random internet browsing, do it after you’ve completed your most important tasks.
  8. Start small. For example, instead of writing 10 articles, why not just start with one? 10 articles is intimidating. But with only one, you can start right away and get done with it.
  9. It feels productive but when you look at the results, it’s not good. Focus on one task at a time. It will be more satisfying that way.
  10. Notice that when you watch countless videos, you’re only serving yourself. But if you write articles that will help people, you will feel more productive and satisfied.
  11. Just get on with the most important tasks. After you’ve finished them, you can do whatever you want with the rest of the day.
  12. Remove the clutter. Messy surroundings also mess the mind.
  13. Don’t try to be productive all the time. You might be thinking of the wasted opportunities. That one phone call. That one email. That one contact. Solution to this is to set a quota for the day. Once you’ve reached that, rest and move on.
  14. Healthy mind goes with a healthy body. Exercise. Do some stretching. Get enough sleep. These will help in making clear decisions and avoiding mistakes. Keep in mind that correcting mistakes consume more time in the long run.
  15. Set aside blocks of time, maybe at least an hour of doing an uninterrupted work. This is much more practical than breaking it down into a six sessions with 10 minutes each. Finish it right there and then move on to other tasks.
  16. But if they’re really important, get them done fast. Or have someone else do them for you.
  17. Set a deadline. This will help you focus more. This will also help you stop thinking about a task once you’re done.
  18. Look at the repetitive tasks. Find ways to make them easier or faster. For example, let’s say you’re always opening 5 websites right after turning on your computer. Bookmark them all and put them in one folder in your browser. Or set up your default startup programs (those that you use often).
  19. They will help you gain more energy to do what needs to be done. It’s not all about the time. It’s also about the energy.
  20. Set clear rules and deadlines. Get the best tools to get things done. Do tasks on your most productive hours. Maybe the reason you’re putting off things is that they seem hard. Make them easy and get on with it.