Productivity is the ratio of outputs to inputs in production: Here's a list of tips for being more productive.
Plan out tomorrow, tonight: This helps me a lot. Make a checklist of the things you're going to get done tomorrow, then sleep stress free.
Use a calendar:
If you're constantly thinking about what's coming up, you'll have less focus on what you're doing right now. Use Google Calendar
to stop wasting energy needlessly!
Phase out time wasters: Slowly try to remove habbits that aren't useful to you. Maybe try checking facebook only once a day, maybe make a rule that you aren't allowed to answer emails during the day time, maybe decide that you're only allowed to watch television episode a week or maybe get a website blocker for YouTube. Think about the things that make you unproductive, and start to get rid of them, bit by bit.
Aim to be a little earlier than you need:
Fairly obvious, but everyone
neglects to do it. If you're wondering why, read about Hofstadter's law
. Basically, we tend to plan as if everything will go perfect.
Keep a clock or timer in your peripheral
Time box: Set yourself a time limit for each task.
Set reminders: E.g. using Google Calendar.
DESTROY DISTRACTIONS: Put your phone on silent, and turn off vibrate (most new phones have a setting so it's silent with no vibrate). If you need to, check it every hour, or between tasks.
Time Unproductive Activities: As well as timing your productivity sessions, it's equally if not more important to time your fun sessions - e.g. if you go on Facebook, check the clock and only allow yourself 5-10 minutes.
I.e. the 80/20 rule. Learn about it and don't get stuck working on the details that aren't important.
Allow time between tasks: If you're writing a strict schedule, allow 5 or 10 minutes between tasks to finish up on the last one and set yourself up with the next one.
"I'm Super Busy" - A replacement for the somewhat officious "Do Not Disturb" sign. Use some sort of sign when you absolutely need to get stuff done, or all the time if you're crazy productive and don't care for frivolous social interaction.
Where are you wasting time? - Think about it for a bit. Can you pinpoint your productivity weaknesses? This is the first step.
Set a time limit for each task! This is super important. It may sound tedious, but I sometimes go even further with it and put a timer in sight - it stops me daydreaming and motivates me to get things done faster.
Don't use music as a crutch:
Don't get bogged: Don't get bogged down in unimportant. If you feel like something is taking too long stop, step back and look at the big picture. Can you come back to it later? Is the importance of this part proportional to the amount of time you're spending on it?
Set priorities: Know what's the most and least important before you get started. This is simple, but oh-so-important.
Put similar tasks together: If you've got to write a blog post and spend some time writing an essay, do them one after the other. If you've got to send emails and check your facebook messages, do them together.
Just start timing yourself: Seriously. Just trust me - try it. When you start a new task, put a timer on and in-sight. It'll stop you from getting bogged down and give you a much more accurate idea of what's actually important.
Practice not reacting: Phone ringing? Emails being recived? Practice not reacting.
Spend a full day with a stop watch: See where you time is going. Once you know this, you can decide where some reallocation is needed.