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  • Writer's pictureMichele Andorfer

Two Proven Productivity Hacks, From Me to You

Do you ever have those days when you just can’t seem to get anything done?

You sit at your desk and stare at your to-do list but you just don’t have any energy to get yourself going for the day!

I get it. I have those days, too. But I have you covered with two surefire productivity hacks to jumpstart your day and improve your week.

Hack #1: Prioritize Your To-Do List

At the end of your workday, take two minutes to highlight five to seven items on your to-do list that you absolutely NEED to focus on the following day. These are your non-negotiables.

When you get up in the morning, focus solely on those tasks and cut out the rest of the noise. You’ll find it much easier to focus on your biggest priorities, instead of simply staring at your mountain of tasks.

Once you complete your 5-7 non-negotiables, you’re then free to work on other tasks. Having that singular focus is sometimes just what we need to even get going in the first place.

Hack #2: The Five-Second Rule

My second productivity hack is the five-second rule. I use this one with students, too!

If we waited around all day until we “felt like it”, we would never get anything done. YOU are the only one in charge of your day - so get yourself going!

Here’s how: Give yourself a five-second countdown. You can even say it aloud: "5-4-3-2-1 MOVE!" At the end of the countdown, you start whatever task you’ve been putting off - before your brain talks you out of it. No arguments, just move!

For example, think about someone you know (maybe it’s you!) who gets up every morning at 5:00 a.m. to go running. They definitely do not always “feel like it” but they talk themselves into it, using a method similar to this one. If you give yourself too much time to think about the fact that you’re leaving your comfy, cozy bed, you’d never do it. You need to be up and out before your brain knows what’s hit it!

Let me know if either of these hacks is helpful to you. Have a great week!



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