5 Ways I Revamped My Productivity
Productivity is a critical skill for every industry. Your level of productivity determines how much you get done in a given day. Boosting your productivity can help you do more things with the same time or get the same things done in less time. The former allows you to accelerate your career while the latter gives you additional time to spend with your family.
From time to time, we can lose our productivity and fall into a rut. Procrastination takes over and we’re left wondering how to reclaim the high levels of productivity we once had. I find myself in this spot from time to time. Taking some time to step away from my work and planning out my next few moves is my favorite way to reclaim productivity.
If you’re looking to reclaim your productivity or give your existing level of productivity a significant boost, follow these strategies.
Batch Your Tasks
The more individual tasks I try to accomplish in a given day, the more overwhelmed I get. Seeing a towering to-do list can be intimidating, but you still have to get the work done to bear the fruit.
There are some tasks I continue to do each day, but those are dropping to a minimum. Rather than doing the same things each day, I theme my days so I concentrate on fewer objectives.
Even though I publish a new Medium article every day, I don’t write a new article every day. I’ll write a week’s worth of Medium articles in 2–3 days and throw in some blog posts too.
Knocking out the articles in 2–3 days gives me 4–5 days where I don’t have to think about writing another article. Since the next Medium article doesn’t reside in my head space, I can focus more on the other tasks in front of me.
Rather than create some training course videos each day, I create all of my training course videos on Wednesdays. That’s my training course day. This routine makes it easier for me to publish more courses on Udemy and SkillShare. Right now, I have almost 30 courses up on Udemy, and I plan to boost that number in the future.
The applications of this are endless. Back when I published daily podcast episodes, I’d pick a day of the week to interview 10 people. I don’t publish as many episodes, but the concept still stands. Rather than interview a person each day, it was more useful to do all of the interviews on the same 1–2 days each week.
Focus On Scale
What if you could accelerate your results without putting in any extra effort. In some lines of work, this pipeline dream is achievable. If you start a YouTube channel and upload a new video each week, you’ll get very different engagement and revenue numbers with 70 subscribers versus 70,000 subscribers.
There’s plenty of work that goes into growing a YouTube channel, but scalability allows you to grow your results without necessarily putting in additional work once you get there.
If you’re working 10 hours each week for your 70 subscriber channel, you don’t necessarily have to work 10,000 hours each week for your 70,000 subscriber channel. I got to those numbers by adding 3 zeroes to both sides, but that’s not how scale works.
If you’re getting paid by the hour without any way to raise your earnings through good work, your income and work isn’t scalable. When you focus on ways you can scale your results, you accelerate without putting in additional work.
I work in an isolated space without any music playing (unless I’m listening to focus music which is rare). This has done wonders for my productivity as I can stay focused on my work.
I even make sure my smartphone is in a different room. A single vibration can knock out anyone’s productivity. I’ll also turn off my email notifications on my computer and only check my inbox 1–2 times per day.
If you ever drift off, take a mental note of it. Identifying what distracts you can help you adjust your routine so you avoid those same distractions next time. There is a balance between work and family time. You don’t want to fully seclude yourself and never talk to anyone. However, when you want to work, just work. Have the conversations when your done.
Join An Accountability Group
Any extra accountability will help you become more productive. When it isn’t just you, it adds extra stakes. When I wanted to start a podcast, I reached out to some of my colleagues and invited them to be on the show.
Sure enough, some of them said yes, and just like that, I had to figure out how to be a good podcast host. The truth about these first invites is that I sent them at a time when I had no idea how to conduct a proper interview or what tech I would use to make it possible.
That initial accountability led to Breakthrough Success and the 1,000+ interviews I’ve done across my podcasts and virtual summits. I wouldn’t have gotten there without accountability.
If you want to grow in any area, surround yourself with an accountability group. Whether you know some buddies in real life or join a Facebook Group, make yourself accountable. Even simply posting about your goals will help with the accountability.
Preserve Your Energy
This is the most underrated way to stay productive. If you eat sugary foods, you’ll get tired and your productivity will suffer. You can have a sharp mind and all of the skills, but if you don’t eat right and you skip workouts, your energy will drop. You’ll feel tired sooner and have to take multiple naps.
Sometimes a 10–20 minute nap can be a good thing. It can serve as a mid-day recharge but they aren’t for everyone.
Blueberries are a great energy booster and help you stay awake. If I’m feeling tired, they’re my go-to for the extra energy.
Productivity doesn’t have a final destination. You’ll make continuous tweaks to your work ethic to find the set-up that best works for you. Your set-up may not work for someone else, and someone else’s set-up may not work for you.
However, it’s important to find what works for you and stick with it for as long as it works.