Thought I’d put down my top 5 productivity hacks that are simple, easy to follow, and these are what I’ve been doing everyday for the past many years. Also, my first story in Medium, guys, so show some love! Here goes….
Record Everything: Be it a meeting, be it a holiday, be it even a good experience, like a dinner. Use a note-taking app for this and be religious about it. Write as little as you want but capture the essence. It will help you immensely when you have to do the revisit something similar. And it will astound people how you remember everything about every meeting! I personally use Evernote, but there are quite a few excellent Note-Taking apps out there — Microsoft One Note, Notion, Bear, Apple Notes, etc.Maintain a To-Do List: The key here is have a to-do list that does not get too long, but yet manages to capture everything in different sections. I typically tend to divide my to-do list into Today, This week, Medium Term, & Long Term. Revisit this everyday morning / evening for the next day and you’ll see how it makes a world of difference. I personally use Any Do, but you have quite a few good ones out there — Todoist, Remember the Milk, Google Tasks, et al.Track your Habits: Tracking your habits brings immense discipline to your life. You can set up your habits which you are trying to inculcate in your chosen app — This could be anything right from exercising 5 times a week to Learning for an hour everyday. Every time you complete one of these mark it complete. It will give you immense satisfaction not to mention the momentum that it will provide to the rest of your day and week. I personally use Habit, but again there are many nice apps around — Loop, Streaks, Productive, etc.Do not make Email Folders: Sound simple, isn’t it? But unfortunately most of us still end up making folders in our emails for people / projects/ tasks and that just sucks up a huge amount of time. All of today’s Email providers have extremely powerful search functions (many even search within documents), and there is absolutely nothing you will gain from filing emails separately. At best have one folder marked Important or Documents where you can put in Important Documents that come to you. I guarantee this will save at least 10 minutes per day for you. Try it!Use Keyboard Shortcuts: One of the most under-used capabilities in your Computer. You have keyboard shortcuts for almost every application you use — right from Windows to Excel to your Email. Getting started will be a bit slow, but keep at it for a week and I guarantee you will save at least 5 minutes a day, not to mention that you will whiz whoever is looking at you working! Just Google for keyboard shortcuts for the app you are using, that’s the easiest way to find them.
So then, those there are my top 5. Lots more hacks in the armory, and will slowly roll them out with time. Until then, here’s to a more Productive you!
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