Timing Your Activities: 5 Ways to Stay Super Productive [Part 3]

I’ve read good amount of books/ blogs/ reddit threads on productivity.

Mainly, I was inspired to work on improving my productivity after reading the book – 4 Hour Work Week.

It has been almost a year now practicing & improving my Productivity and today, I want to share with you some of the best ways (or say my experiments) that can dramatically improve your productivity!

Note: I’ll be sharing the tips in parts (i.e. one tip every week).
Reason: So that you can consume all the tips well! These are ACT Exercises and hence won’t be good if I share all at once!

I’ve already shared two strategies! If you haven’t read it – Go through it once! [Strategy one & Strategy two]

Time for the Third Strategy/ Way to Remain Super Productive! [2 more to go]

3) Eggtimer

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Have You Ever timed Your Work Activities?

Nope? I assumed so!

You will be amazed when you will learn the actual time you take to complete a task.

When I started timing my activities, I learned that I am spending more amount of time on certain activities than I  should. And I used that to free up my time.

For Example

After using eggtimer, I learned that I invest 3 hours of my time  every week in preparing the marketing report. [I used to assume that it takes me only an hour or two to complete the report]

Now that’s a huge amount of my day time.

Since I was spending more time than expected, I did two things to reduce my time:

  • Delegated some part of the reporting to my colleague
  • Reduced the time spent on other activities for that day [so that I can work with ease & focus on preparing the report – otherwise at the end of the day I would complain about other incomplete tasks]

I would say, eggtimer, allowed me to prepare better reports [i.e. more quality time was spent in preparing the report – since other task were reduced] in less time [since I had delegated part of my work].

Apart from Timing my work activities, I also use eggtimer, to help me remind that I have worked 25 minutes straight and that I should consider taking a quick 2 -3 minutes break. [More details in Next Week Post – Promdro Technique]

Here’s a quick video of a lady explaining the importance of using a timer to improve your productivity:

How it works?

  • Go to eggtimer,
  • Enter the time you think the task will take to complete and start the timer.
  • Keep that tab away from you view so that you are not distracted & start your work
  • You will either complete your work before the time or the eggtimer will notify you that your time has expired!

Start Using Eggtimer Today!

5 Ways to Stay Super Productive! [5X More Time Guaranteed] – Part 2

I’ve read good amount of books/ blogs/ reddit threads on productivity.

Mainly, I was inspired to work on improving my productivity after reading the book – 4 Hour Work Week.

It has been almost a year now practicing & improving my Productivity and today, I want to share with you some of the best ways (or say my experiments) that can dramatically improve your productivity!

Note: I’ll be sharing the tips in parts (i.e. one tip every week).
Reason: So that you can consume all the tips well! These are ACT Exercises and hence won’t be good if I share all at once!

I’ve already shared my first Strategy! If you haven’t read it – Go through it once! [Click Here to Learn – Strategy one]

Time for the Second Strategy/ Way to Remain Super Productive!

2) Laterbox.co

later-box
[1 – 3 – 5 Strategic Structure]
I am using Laterbox for 2 months now and am I just impressed? [Nope, Super Impressed]

It is just what I wanted as a replacement to a regular TO DO List.

Laterbox works on the Idea of 1-3-5

i.e. Every Day, You will have

  • 1 Important task to Complete
  • 3 Medium Priority Task
  • 5 or more Low Priority Task

Writing down your task in laterbox, gives you super clarity as to what work you should do first.

Mostly, we tend to start our work with easy and low important task (Which is fine)

But then as the day progress we should shift our focus to the Key Task – #1 Highly Important task.

Laterbox reminds me that and helps me complete the most important task!

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UI to help you write down task you wish to do some time later

Additionally, it also allows you to add any task you wish to complete later.

This helps you not to forget a task which is not important right now but may be in the future.

It’s a super awesome feature.

Every week, when I am making my report, I open up later box and see the activities I wanted to do. And then add them in the current weeks plan!

Highly recommend the tool –> For super awesome clarity of work on day to day basis.

Start Using it today

Understanding Introverts [Your Quick one Page Guide]

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(Following post is absolutely inspired by the book – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking)

Introverts (or those of us with introverted tendencies) tend to recharge by spending time alone. They lose energy from being around people for long periods of time, particularly large crowds. And hence generally does not prefer a place where there will be a large crowd.

Additionally, they are drawn to the inner world of thought and feeling. They spent good amount of their time in their homes, libraries, quiet parks or other secluded places reading books or watching series, etc.

Note: There’s is nothing like an absolute Introvert.  Everyone is a mix of introvert and extrovert characteristic. It is just that, introvertedness is more dominant in us.

Types of Introverts:

  • Social
  • Thinking
  • Anxious
  • Restrained

Read more about them here.

3 Things Introverts are generally good at:

Focus: Introverts like to focus on one task at a time and can have mighty powers of concentration. They’re relatively immune to the lures of wealth and fame.

Deliberative: Introverts often work more slowly and deliberately. Introverts seem to be specifically wired or trained so when they catch themselves getting excited and focused on a goal, their vigilance increases.” [i.e. we are super deliberative in nature]

Generosity: Introverts will allow their fellow colleagues or say extrovert partners to take the center stage and do not crave for spotlight. In all, they would be happy to give up their happiness for others!

About Work & Workplace:

  • For introverts – Working alone is the best thing
  • A freedom of when you come and go – basically an unforced workplace gets the work done for the introverts!
  • Since we speak less, managers can give introverts a lot of work without showing/ giving much attention to us.

What drives an Introvert?

An Introvert person could work around the clock for days on end, for no better reason than to keep on working. [Explains why we do what we do]

How Introverts can succeed at work?

Introverts have the ability to listen, to be organized and have laser sharped focus. Additionally, they are creative & deliberative in nature. Introverts can use these traits to deliver the work like no one!

Fantastic Work Advice from Steve Wozniak:

Work alone. You’re going to be best able to design revolutionary products and features if you’re working on your own.

Not on a committee. Not on a team.

How Introverts can balance their energy?

Introverts need to have restorative niches where they can get back to their full introvert mode.

[An introvert goes to a restorative niche so that he can recharge again. It is considered that when an introvert is at work or outside, he acts as an extrovert to some extend – acting so, they feel exhausted and hence need a place to go and recharge]

5 Ways to Stay Super Productive! [5X More Time Guaranteed]

I’ve read good amount of books/ blogs/ reddit threads on productivity. Mainly, I was inspired to work on improving my productivity after I read the book 4 Hour Work Week.

It has been almost a year now practicing – Improving the Productivity and today, I want to share with you some of the best working ways (or say my experiments) that have helped me dramatically improve my productivity!

Note: I’ll be sharing the tips in parts (i.e. one tip every week).
Reason: So that you can consume all the tips well! These are ACT Exercises and hence won’t be good if I share all at once!

1) Uninstalling the Facebook App and Turning the Whatsapp Notification Completely Off

Notifications are Killing Your Time!
Notifications are Killing Your Time!

This may sound nuts, but believe me! I’ve created good amount of my time through this!

I am not asking you to not to use Facebook or Whatsapp. I am asking you to take control of it rather it controlling you.

When you do not have any notifications on your mobile, you are all of a sudden Free!

When You Wake Up in the Morning, you almost have ZERO notification to look at, that’s an amazing time you have created for yourself!

And if you still do not believe me, read the article on Time and learn how notifications are killing your productivity.

Note: I still use Facebook via browser. (I said to uninstall the app, not to delete the account).  I also use Whatsapp but my status on Whatsapp communicates people that I am not using it and that they shouldn’t expect an immediate reply from me. <<THIS keeps me Super Free! >>

My Whatsapp Status – Away from Whatsapp! Catch me on Email or SMS

Next week, I will share with you one more productivity tip! It is one of my best recent discoveries! Basically a tool that has helped me maintain a super awesome to do list!

10 Awesome Book I’ve Read in the last 12 Months

I am a bookworm and at anytime, I’ll have 1-2 books in my library to be read! Here are 10 Great books I read in the past 12 months

1) 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris

2) 80/20 Sales Marketing by Richard Koch

3) Choose Yourself by James Altucher

4) Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

5) Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

6) 80/20 Sales & Marketing by Perry Marshall

7) So Good That They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

8) Start with Why by Simon Sinek

9) Permission Marketing by Seth Godin

10) The $100 Startup

Which Awesome Books Have You read in the last 12 months?