Friday, July 18, 2014

How to Be More Productive (Graphic)

People are always complaining that they do not have enough time anymore.  Most of the cause of this is that there are more distractions and useless activities than ever before that suck time away from your productivity.  Here is a graphic designed by infographic author Ana Vital.  Follow these easy to follow "rules" and viola, more time.


TECHNOLOGY
  • eMails – Limit your email replies to only 1 per minute
  • eMails – If you cannot understand what the email asks of you, do not reply
  • TV/Radio – Tune out the News. Nothing really happens most of the time
  • Phone – Do NOT answer the phone unless it is a true emergency. (Emergencies are Rare)
  • Computer – Use Computer Shortcuts and Macros
CLOTHING
  • Define your fashion uniform. Wear it Daily
  • Wear Smart Fabrics (and natural ones if not)
  • Be Prepared: Carry an all-occasion outfit with you
  • Discard what you stop using (use a 3 year rule)
WORK HACKS
  • Visualize your end product
  • Start BEFORE you feel ready. Avoid the chicken-and-the-egg.
  • Assume you are right when in doubt. Decisiveness if productive.
  • If you have a mind block make a mind map of your thoughts
  • If you do not write it down, record it
  • When you read something useful, write the author 
BODY CARE
  • Manage anxiety – run, swim, dance…exercise is key
  • Sleep more – you will actually get more done well rested
  • Take naps when tired – recharge you batteries 
SCHEDULE (TIME MANAGEMENT)
  • Do what is easiest first (small victories)
  • Prioritize one item (to complete) per day
  • Set a daily routine (and break it every now and then)
  • No meetings unless they are decisive
  • Better done than perfect (get it done)
FOOD
  • Routinize your diet
  • Eat healthy food (no junk, you are what you eat)
  • Use delivery service to save time
  • Negotiate a daily deal with your favorite local cafe
WORK
  • Notice the 80/20 Rule. What 20% gets 80% of the work done?
  • Focus on the important, suppress the urgent
  • Decide the outcome before starting
  • Start an “Idea Dump” journal for genius ideas you cannot work on now
  • Eliminate time on trivial decisions, like what to wear
  • Learn to ignore the insignificant. No need to respond to everything
  • Do a bad draft first. You cannot edit a blank page.
  • Treat time as your money (it is!!!) 

2 comments:

Thomas Watson said...

I can definitely use these tips and tidbits to be more productive while working on-the-go. Great article.

Profit Prophet said...

Thank you Thomas Watson!