8 Psychological Hacks to be more Productive

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DONT MULTITASK

You’ll be more productive when you focus all your attention & energy on one objective at a time.

My late father once said:
“When you try to bake two pigs at one time, one of them will get burnt”

He was the reason to why my senior year I didn’t do Marching Band, was a waiter at Waffle House, and take 8 College Courses on top of my normal school work. He told me that he prayed that I wouldn’t get that job. Now, my wife reminds of him everyday when she says for me to focus.

DELAY GRATIFICATION

Discipline yourself to choose long term benefits and habits over short term enjoyment. We all like to be affirmed, but the thing that will always be more powerful than simple affirmation is the policy to adhere to your habits and continue creating the habit just for the sake of creating it.

WORK IN TIME BLOCKS

This will keep you at a high energy pace for longer, and increase your pulse for creative thinking as well.

ORGANIZE YOUR WORKSPACE

Two ideas that you could implement immediately:
1) Have a personal workspace and keep it tidy
2) Have a picture of your goals around

Working in a clean space will improve your mood, focus and overall output.

PLAN YOUR DAY THE NIGHT BEFORE

The night before you are ambitious and many times regretting that you didn’t get enough done the day in the morning. You are thinking that you should’ve got up earlier, how much time you wasted thinking about what should be your next move, and all this extra sort of nonsense. This that could all be easily avoided when you focus the night before and game-plan.

AVOID DISTRACTIONS

If I gave you 10 months to write a thesis 11-page paper it would take 80% of you reading this about 10 months to complete the paper. If I gave you about 3 days, you would finish it in 3 days. If I gave you three hours to clean your room, it would take you about three hours, if I gave you 15 minutes it would take you 15 minutes.

Schedule time for deep work, and less important tasks like replying to emails. This will help you game-plan and have a plan of attack so that way you can end your day the most productively as possible.

Keep your phon away so you can work in a flow state without interruptions. Another life hack is that if you are like me and use your phone 90% of the time as a tool, put the phone on airplane mode to clear yourself from distractions.

USE A STOP WATCH & JOURNAL

A journal will be one that you will use to log the time that you waste on nonessential tasks such as watching TV, playing video games, or even doing other tasks that do not have a goal.

SLEEP 8 HOURS

Many people who do not get enough sleep will take into account the event of yesterday into today, sleep was created as a form of reset. We need to reset and let go of whatever may have happened yesterday in order for us to accomplish with full focus what is in front of us today.

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David Ramos

writer with a sword, fighter with a pen. want more grammar errors?