The Best Ways to Stay Productive

When you’re working hard to build your business, how many times have you wished for just a couple more hours in the day? While we can’t lengthen the time in a day, we can make the most of the time we have.

Amping up your productivity every chance you get is a great way to get ahead of your work and ahead of your schedule. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite ways to keep productive!

Get Rid of Alerts on Your Phone
It might seem like a big step, but even if it’s just for an hour, turning off the alerts on your phone will have an immediate impact on your production levels. Most of the alerts will be for things you don’t have to deal with immediately, but each time you hear an alert, it distracts you from the task at hand.

30 Minute meetings
Meetings are an essential part of daily work life. They get everyone on the same page, and allow for team communication. But Jeff Haden, writing for Inc. says this:

“Whoever invented the one-hour default in calendar software wasted millions of people-hours. Most subjects can be handled in 30 minutes.”

Jeff suggests that if you schedule a meeting for 30 or even 15 minutes, and everyone knows that’s how long the meeting should be, it’ll generally wrap up within that time frame.

Eat Breakfast
You’ve heard it’s the most important meal of the day, and that’s true. Eating a hearty and healthy breakfast gives you the energy and nutrients that will help you focus throughout your day.

Don’t Check Email First Thing
While eating breakfast is the best thing in the morning, email is the worst. Lifehack’s Number 1 tip is to Stop Checking Email first thing. Your first tasks of the day should be things you need to do for you. Starting with email first thing during your work day puts a lot of other people’s items on your plate before you ever get the chance to handle your own work.

Mobile Apps
When you’re focusing on one task, alerts can be a distraction, but that doesn’t mean all apps are bad for you. From 1Password for all your sign-in needs to Toggl for time management, apps can help you do more by doing a bunch of the tedious stuff for you. Evernote is a powerful tool for all your notes, thoughts and ideas. Wunderlist is an excellent tool to keep track of your To Do’s. Find apps that work for you, so that you can focus on the more important things.

If you’re feeling drowsy, don’t reach for another cup of java. You need water! Hydration is the best thing for you anytime of day. Bring a water bottle to work, or ask your boss if you can have a watercooler brought in. Your body needs to be hydrated to perform at its peak, so make sure you drink the recommended 8 glasses, or half a gallon, a day.

We haven’t figured out how to put 25 or even 26 hours into a day yet, so being as productive as you can with the time you have is essential.

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