When training at FC and in our lives, it's easy to get caught up in simply doing more. But productivity (at least, how I define it) isn't just about ticking tasks off a to-do list. It's about learning to focus on accomplishing the important things in life – whatever those things look like to you. With that in mind, we've pulled together a few simple productivity hacks that you can apply to almost any area of your life. One step at a time...
Set Out Your Schedule
The first step to being productive is knowing what you're doing, when you're doing it, and how long you will be doing it for. This is where a schedule can help. Remember, calendars aren't just for meetings. Dedicate time for meetings, focus on work and even breaks. Then stick to it.
Life and work both need to feel good. So why do we only think about comfort when it's time to wind down? Physical comfort is a cornerstone of productivity. Always follow a few basic rules: ensure your chair provides proper support, keep the top of your screen at eye level and avoid eye strain with regular breaks.
Plan Ahead Of Time
One of the best ways to have a productive day is to plan for it the night before. For example, heading to the gym at 7 am? Lay out your workout clothes and water. You can also write down your goals or things you need to do before sleep. That way, you'll feel mentally prepared to make a start in the morning.
Find Your Why
If you regularly feel overwhelmed by tasks and responsibilities, it is most likely because you don't know your "why"? Take a moment to consider your to-do list and dig into the importance of each milestone. Chances are you'll find the motivation to get started or decide you need to pivot your plan.
All athletes know that water is essential for peak physical performance, but quenching your thirst is also crucial for your cognitive abilities. A study by the University of East London found that a good helping of H20 can result in a 14% increase in productivity, boosting everything from concentration levels to reaction time and even memory.
On paper, multitasking sounds like the ultimate productivity hack, but it often does more harm than good. Every time you force your brain to switch back and forth between tasks, you pay an efficiency tax and become more likely to experience feelings of stress and burnout.
Take Your To-Dos Offline
If you're struggling to keep track of digital tasks and documents without losing hours to cat videos, block out time where you go analogue. Put your phone on 'do not disturb', shut the lid on your laptop, and pick up your Check-In Notepad. Aside from being a refreshing change of pace, is there anything more satisfying than physically crossing something off your to-do list?
Make Time For Self-Care
Self-care isn't just a reward for a job well done. People that look after themselves have better cognitive ability. They have better focus, and they have better concentration. That sounds like a pretty good excuse to come train at FightClub!
Apply The Two Minute Rule
If a small task pops up that will take two minutes or less to complete, you should just do it. Don't think about it. Don't put it off. That's the Two Minute Rule in a nutshell. If the task is likely to take longer than two minutes or is not related to what you're currently working on, add it to your to-do list.
Set Healthy Boundaries
Despite what Silicone Valley CEOs might lead you to believe, you don't need to work 24 hours a day to be successful. Whether you're crunching numbers in the office or tackling tasks at home, it's important not to let work life bleed into your time. Make a point of sticking to a routine and create separate spaces for the two.