It’s easy to feel like we don’t have enough time in the day, and our productivity is constantly being pushed to its limit. But what if we told you there were a few simple brain hacks that could boost your productivity and help you get more done?
Well, wonder no more! (Not that it’s a secret!) Today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to one of my favourite productivity hacks, the Pomodoro Technique.
The Pomodoro Technique was created by Francesco Cirillo, a professor at the University of Bologna in Italy, in 2006. Essentially, it’s about prioritizing tasks and working on them for 25 minutes. (You can add an extra contest or two at the end if you’d like, like Mahatma Gandhi.)
Try these brain hacks for yourself, and tell us how it goes!
Here’s how to apply the 25-minute timer brain hacks:
- Type a few minutes into the computer’s timer
- Set an alarm to get up and sit at a table or chair
- Choose a color (red for short periods, orange for long periods)
- Choose a specific activity to do (Read, consider how to improve your own life, watch a quick video, create a business goal)
- Set the timer for 25 minutes (and repeat)
- Itemize your activities (Read)
- Find the nearest empty spot on the table and eat a paper (Read)
Brain Hacks to Improve Productivity
Each of those activities has a specific endpoint, typically a specific result (Read, watch a video), a specific “doing” (eat a paper), and a time period (25 minutes).
Creativity, once again, is encouraged by the idea of doing something “for a little bit” (Read, watch a quick video). Thought leaders around the world have authoritatively proven that for 25 minutes, two or three specific actions can produce significant results and produce a return on investment (ROI).
We’ve all heard about productivity hacks galore, but would you ever actually try these brain hacks out? Would you be able to get more done in such a short period of time? Or would you give up before it was even a quarter over?
If you’re able to stick with the 25-minute timeframe, you will be strengthening and building your productivity.
So, how do you turn your computer timer into an actual work schedule? Write it down! Keep your timer and workbook organized to ensure you’re hitting your deadline and achieving your goals.
But don’t stop with your official deadlines! Write down a few additional deadlines you feel you can hit in between your scheduled 25-minute periods, even if that means tweaking your original deadlines. You can even add a little extra time for something in-between, like doing a game or reading about something you enjoy.
Analyze your situation, decide what stands out for you, and make a commitment to target that. Maybe it’s a productive 8-minute session that you can tweak to 15-minutes. Don’t let it get away from you.
Introduction to learning tricks
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If you spend most of your day thinking about the problems you need to solve, then you’re being productive, because you’re learning a new skill.
Productivity is the capacity for completing an activity with the minimum amount of time and effort required.
Learning and growth win together
There are a lot of benefits from learning tricks from books like Dale Carnegie’s How to Create Wealth:
- Increase focus
- Improve memory
- Develop better communication skills
- Increase energy and enthusiasm
- And speed up learning
Just 1–2 hours of reading can build an entire lifetime of knowledge and help you to grow your business to the next level in the shortest period of time.
Productivity tricks you can learn and take action on today are:
Productivity hack 1: summary spreadsheets
I want to look again at the link between productivity, learning, and growth. If you shape your time as effectively as possible, then you will be able to make the time for learning and growth work for you rather than against you. This is possible because with some quick summary spreadsheets you can store everything to do over the next week into one small file. It takes some time to work through the 60 checklists, but it’s well worth it.
Create a quick and easy to use summary spreadsheets to gather up all your weekly tasks. Head to File > New > Universal Results and choose “transpose” to put all its tasks into an easy to read summary series.
Create a summary spreadsheet to list all tasks for the next few days. Head to File > New > Type text > check the ‘include space between forms’ box and save it as an under-assigned report.
Each form has a title and description with a brief description of what you expect the report to deliver. Make sure to give important tasks a detailed outline with a description:
Get clear with your time
Personally, I fill out the brief in the morning and return to it in the afternoon.
As I write the brief each morning. I try to think about the key tasks I might face that week. The person I’d be addressing them to, and any specific questions I might have. I edit the outline and delete anything that’s irrelevant or doesn’t apply. One also adds to the outline as one gets further down the schedule.
I work quickly so that I don’t waste time. This means I’m reading, writing, and trying to answer as many questions as possible.
It wouldn’t require any physical changes or sacrifice. But doing them every single day could lead you to reach new personal achievements! Let’s take a look at a few examples and how you can incorporate them in your life.
Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. After all, it packs a wallop of caffeine, essential nutrients, and antioxidants, in every single cup.
And yet, coffee (and all drinks) come with a lot of health risks. No matter how much you like your drink, drinking too much of it will leave you feeling tired and lacking energy for several hours.
That’s why the American Heart Association recommends you limit yourself to two cups of coffee per day. While some healthy alternative drinks contain more caffeine, research shows drinking coffee is the safest way to ensure you stay in a healthy balance.
Ease-up on the Cafeine
If you still feel like even three cups of coffee isn’t enough, the good news is that there are certain substitutes you can include in your daily coffee shop.
See, most of us drink coffee to get a maximum of energy, but in reality, coffee is often dehydrating, filling us with headaches, and impairing our memory and concentration.
Fortunately, there are three easy substitutes to enjoy the benefits of coffee without having to give up the boost of caffeine. There are substitutes like K-cups, instant coffee and coffee beans straight, and even green tea.
The key is to drink them to your desired strength instead of aiming for an exact amount. You don’t want to wake up one morning feeling like you drank a mug of E on your first cup of the day, or worse yet, drank too much coffee in a day.
There are a lot of protein-rich foods that can help us build muscle, and keeping your muscles strong has become one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of cancer.
Some of the best protein sources include:
Not only that, but a high protein diet also helps your body absorb calcium, which can actually help prevent osteoporosis later in life! It’s also high in B-vitamins like folate, riboflavin, and pyridoxine.
So, if you feel you’re not getting enough protein due to your diet, try incorporating at least one of these foods into your diet each day. No matter what their source, your body needs enough to build and maintain strong bones, stay mentally sharp, and be healthy.
Coffee isn’t just a simple energy drink.