17 Tips To Boost Your Productivity!

I received this in an email forward and thought it’s worth sharing. No wonder my productivity is so low!

Though I am not really into all this guru stuff, this rings very true. It’s by a guy called Robin Sharma.

1. Turn off all technology for 60 minutes a day and focus on doing your most important work.

Err.. I use technology for my most important work!

2. Work in 90 minute cycles (tons of science is now confirming that this is the optimal work to rest ratio).

That could work. I usually do 15 minute cycles

3. Start your day with at least 30 minutes of exercise.

Showering, brushing teeth, dressing.. do those count as exercise? Plus the long ride to town in the morning

4. Don’t check your email first thing in the morning.

Is what I do before I even get out of bed… how did he know? Can I check my tweet, DMs though?

5. Turn all your electronic notifications off.

I get a notification every minute: foursquare,tweets,whatsApp,gmail,text,call etc

6. Take one day a week as a complete recovery day, to refuel and regenerate (that means no email, no phone calls and zero work). You need full recovery one day a week otherwise you’ll start depleting your capabilities.

Sundays will do

7. The data says workers are interrupted every 11 minutes. Distractions destroy productivity. Learn to protect your time and say no to interruptions.

I should get a private office.. or simply earphones would do. Does music count as a distraction?

8. Schedule every day of your week every Sunday morning. A plan relieves you of the torment of choice (said novelist Saul Bellow). It restores focus and provides energy.

But..but.. I like spontaneousness and random plans?

9. Work in blocks of time. Creative geniuses all had 2 things in common: when they worked they were fully engaged and when they worked, they worked with this deep concentration for long periods of time. Rare in this world of entrepreneurs who can’t sit still.

Oh.. the day I shall be called a creative genius. I better go work, and with deep concentration starting now!

10. Drink a liter of water early every morning. We wake up dehydrated. The most precious asset of an entrepreneur isn’t time – it’s energy. Water restores it.

A liter? Maybe a just a glass to start with?

11. Don’t answer your phone every time it rings.

Good thing my phone rarely rings anyway

12. Invest in your professional development so you bring more value to the hours you work.

13. Avoid gossip and time vampires.

What if they can’t avoid me?

14. Touch paper just once.

This I don’t get. What paper are we talking about here.. money? I can see how that can motivate productivity!

15. Keep a “Stop Doing List”.

Great idea.

16. Get up at 5 am.

Unfortunately I have no choice but to do so

17. Have meetings standing up.

  • Nkirdizzle

    have meetings standing up? lol I cannot pull such moves. But the mobile phone is the source of all distraction and a productivity killer!

    My phone buzzes every minute… alerts from calls, texts, emails, foursquare.. it’s my biggest distraction.

    • Anonymous

      My phone is my biggest distraction!

  • That sounds like a plan, but taking water when I wake????

    I always drink water in the morning… though not a whole liter!

    • Anonymous

      I always take water when I wake up but not a whole liter!

      • Anonymous

        Does it help, does it make you feel fresh, smarter and reduce flu and other diseases? Anyway I’ll stick to my good old cup of tea for now maybe when stupidity wears off i’ll come to my senses and take water before breakfast…

        • Anonymous

          How will stupidity wear off if you don’t try the water thing? 🙂

          • Thing is when I take it in the morning i start to retch or get stitches when I walk so maybe when that fades the stupidity will fades with it 😉

        • Anonymous

          I will try that one for 1 litre.. water is veeery important and I ALWAYS forget to drink any during the day.


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          • Anonymous

            How do you forget to drink water? SMH. Then you need to do it first thing in the morning.

  • Have meetings standing up?!!ROTFLMAO!! That is hillarious…the rest i can/will try.

    I don’t know if he means literally standing up or taking the shortest time possible!

    • Anonymous

      I am not sure if he means literally standing up, or keeping meetings brief!

  • Anonymous

    I love spontaneity. But the tips are right, bottom line is, maintain a schedule and stick to it. Working in block hours is great but considering my line of work… I don’t see it happening anytime soon!! Haha!!

    Nice post though 😉

    • Anonymous

      Definitely some good advice. I think maybe you can schedule some time in your plan and call it ‘spontaneity time’ so you can do anything you want then!

  • 12, 13, 14, 16 I do, the rest are easier said than done. Sounds good though. The author is a good guy, he wrote a book called “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”, excellent read. He was also in Kenya recently.

    • Anonymous

      I should look for the book..

  • Actserv

    #11…….I can make that change

  • hmm. at #3,add making breakfast,picking what i am wearing for the day,walking to the stage…i pretty much have that covered.
    #16 i have no choice.still don’t see its health benefits.

    • Anonymous

      How will you know until you tried? 🙂

  • So I guess tour productivity increased? If so then mine will too. But some of the suggestions don’t apply to me so I’ll just pass.

    • Anonymous

      Definitely. The good thing about advice is you can choose to take it or not..