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.


I didn’t want to tweet this coz a blog is more permanent, you know? Anyway, maybe you’ve read them before but they always make me smile.

Cigarette: A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end & an idiot at the other.

Love affairs : Something like cricket where one-day internationals are more popular than a five day test.

Marriage: It’s an agreement in which a man loses his bachelor degree and a woman gains her master.

Smile: A curve that can set a lot of things straight.

Lecture: An art of transferring information from the notes of the lecturer to the notes of the students without passing through “the minds of either”.

Conference/Seminar : The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.

Tears : The hydraulic force by which masculine will-power is defeated by feminine water-power…

Classic: A book which, people praise but do not read.

Divorce: Future tense of marriage

Office: A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life.

Yawn: The only time some married men ever get to open their mouth.

Etc.: A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.

Committee: Individuals who can do nothing individually and sit to decide that nothing can be done together.

Experience: The name men give to their mistakes.

Atomic Bomb: An invention to end all inventions.

Philosopher: A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of when dead.

Diplomat: A person who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.

Opportunist: A person who starts taking a bath if he accidentally falls into a river.

Optimist: A person who while falling from Eiffel Tower says in midway “See I am not injured yet.

Pessimist: – A person who says that O is the last letter in ZERO, Instead of the first letter in word OPPORTUNITY.

Miser: A person who lives poor so that he can die rich.

Criminal: A guy no different from the rest… except that he got caught.

Boss: Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early.

Employee : One who gets paid for reading such mails……