In daily life, you probably have already felt that you need more hours than the clock set up to. You add and add again the task to do on your To-Do List (if you have one) and you can’t reach the end of it. It seems like no matter what you do there’s always more and more in life that calls for your attention, while many of the truly important things are still undone.
If so, I would like to offer you some of the most powerful ‘mind tricks’ that I discovered recently. It can help you dramatically increase your daily productivity and focus so you can get more done in less time.
Hack #1: Shrink Your Mental Deadlines
If you think something is going to take you an hour, give yourself 40 minutes instead. By shrinking your mental deadlines, you’ll be able to work much faster and with greater focus.
You should also schedule time on your calendar every week for focused, quiet concentrated “Golden Hours” or “Power Time” where you only work on your most important activities for a designated amount of time. To do this effectively, it’s important to close your email, silence your phone, and unplug from social media during these timeframes. That is unless your most productive task happens to include any one of those mediums.
Hack #2: Create a “Stop Doing” List
A “Stop Doing” list is as important as a “To Do” list. We use a To-Do list to help us get things done, but how many counter-productive habits, rituals, and routines are we allowing in our lives to continue robbing us of the results and lifestyle we truly desire?
An easy way to do this is to get out a piece of paper and make a list of any habits, routines or even people in your life that are actually making you less productive and taking you away from your intended goals or desired quality of life.
Now, this requires you to be totally honest with yourself about what’s in your life that could be holding you back or stealing happiness in some way.
Hack #3: Review Your Productivity at the End of the Day
Each night review your day. How much productive you were? Was it a productive one or not?
Write what you want (and must) do the following day that pushes you closer to your goals. I give you a special hack at the end of the article that can help you so much.
Then at the end of each day, before you create your new list for the next day, take some time to review your list from the current day and ask yourself what went well and what you could’ve done better. Then just roll over your uncompleted tasks to the next day’s list.
Hack #4: Avoid Multitasking
Don’t multitask. Multitasking is something we all do these days. The problem though is that our brains just aren’t cut out for it. When you multitask, you’re actually interfering with your brain’s ability to perform at its full capacity.
Yeah sure, we can all walk and chew gum at the same time. We can fold laundry while talking to a friend on the phone. Clowns can also ride a unicycle while juggling brightly colored balls.
These are all role tasks that don’t demand a lot of brainpower. But in most cases where brainpower and creativity are critical, multitasking is really less tasking. When you make shifts in your activity from one context to another, you risk dropping things from your short-term memory. You also disrupt the mental flow needed to perform at top efficiency.
Do one thing at a time, minimize context shifts, maximize brainpower!
Hack #5: Use “Brainwave Entrainment” Audios To Increase Focus & Productivity
Brainwave entrainment is a 100-year-old science that uses special tones and sounds to influence a person’s brainwave patterns, which have been proven scientifically to help change one’s state of mind, such as how focused they are.
Let’s see how it work.
Your brainwave patterns show what’s going on inside your head. Different brainwave frequencies show that you’re in different states of mind. For example, they may show that you are sleeping, or relaxed, or intently focused.
Brainwave entrainment can be used to tap into the frequencies associated with heightened focus and increased productivity and brings your brain waves into harmony with them. The result is more clarity, more creativity, enhanced focus, and increased personal output.
You simply put on your headphones and play special MP3 audio based on what kind of mindset you want to entrain. You can even do this while you’re working, writing, reading, etc.
Bonus Hack: Create A Special To-Do List
This bonus hack is so powerful and it can help you produce in 4 hours you might think it takes 10 hours of work. I got that trick from Matt Morris in his book “The Unemployed Millionaire”.
The first thing to do is to write everything you want to do tomorrow and when it’s done you ranking every task by its importance. The most important get the letter A, the less important get the letter C and between those we have (of course) the task you must do but they are not so important than A-task, we give them letter B.
When you have done this second part, you can put a number in front of each task (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, etc.) and estimate the time you need it to achieve it.