As an entrepreneur, being productive is key because it relates to income and time. The more productive you are, the more money you can earn. The more you earn, the more you can leverage your business and gain more time freedom to do the things you love. So, how can you use simple brain hacks to boost your productivity?
The answer is by following these 7 easy to implement steps which will give your productivity an instant boost. Make sure to implement them every day you’re working on your business and you’ll soon reap the rewards.
If you’ve ever struggled with distraction or procrastination, you’ll be well aware of the pitfalls…lack of focus, intention and stamina; along with stagnant growth, reduced motivation and apathy, to name a few.
As of NOW, those days are behind you! It’s time to hack your brain and boost your productivity.
Boost your productivity with these strategies
1: Set Your Intentions
Know what your goals are each day. Most people can’t focus because they’re not truly clear on what they want to focus on…or for how long.
Start by choosing a specific task for a specific amount of time. For example, you might decide you’re going to work on business planning for 30 minutes. Set a timer and do your best for those 30 minutes.
Your brain will do its best to give you what you want if you give it clear instructions. Start each morning by setting intentions for a more productive and successful day.
Meditation helps to build focus and calm your mind. You might feel like taking time out is counter-productive, especially when you’re busy, but actually meditation can boost brain your brain power throughout the day to help you get more done, not less.
Take 10-15 minutes each morning to meditate and you’ll notice a vast improvement in your concentration levels, performance, and memory (as much as 30%), as well as feeling calmer and less stressed.
With so many great meditation apps (I personally use Headspace, but Calm is also very good), websites and YouTube videos, there’s really no excuse not to get started on your meditation journey today.
You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes everyday – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.
Dr. Sukhraj Dhillon
3: Work in Time Blocks
Time blocking is an excellent way to boost your productivity.
The basic premise is that you should be scheduling your whole day, including breaks, mealtimes, business and other activities which take up time throughout your day.
Experiment with block frequency and duration. The best option for most people is either 25 minutes of work and a five-minute break, or 50 minutes of work and a 10-minute break. Discover what works best for you and then stick with it.
It’s well worth completing a time audit for a whole week so you can monitor your current activities – this will help you to create your schedule. Remember to schedule in your personal time too.
Use the Pomodoro technique to help you stick to your tasks without distraction.
4: Don’t Give in to Temptation
It’s really not surprising in this faced-paced world that we give in to the temptation of distraction far too easily. We skip tracks we’re not so fond of when listening to music, play games on our smartphone whilst watching TV and send and receive messages in an instant.
This makes distraction a very difficult habit to break and you probably find that working on your business is no different; you might jump from task to task, hop over to Facebook when you get a notification, or pick up your phone frequently. No wonder it’s hard to be productive!
The most successful and productive people are able to overcome the urge to break their attention from their work task.
Learn to say “no” to temptation and focus on the task in hand until it’s complete.
5: Follow the HIIT Method
There are many benefits to HIIT training in the gym, so let’s apply that to your productivity.
By alternating high and low-focus tasks, you can boost your productivity; plus it means you’re less likely to get bored and give in to the temptation of distraction.
Many people report greater productivity when they alternate between cognitively intense activities and those that require less intellectual effort.
Lower-level activities might include replying to social media messages on your business page, sending emails, or other routine work. The lower-level activities give your brain a rest and the chance to recover before you start your high-level focus tasks.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that high-focus tasks are better done in the morning when your concentration is higher and your creative juices are flowing.
6: Keep Hydrated
Most people aren’t drinking enough water and that can not only negatively impact your health, but also your concentration, memory, focus and mood.
Simple solution – drink plenty of water and/or herbal teas or cordial. Limit or avoid caffeinated drinks where possible, as they can have a mild diuretic effect.
A great way to monitor your water consumption is to invest in a water bottle which has reminder times on it. I recommend the Mango Motivational water bottle to help you keep on track with the recommended water consumption each day.
Staying hydrated will keep brain fog at bay, helping you to stay focused throughout your day.
7: Keep a Positive Mental Attitude
Mindset is key to success. A positive outlook on life makes you happier and more likely to be successful. Numerous studies have shown that positive thinking affects productivity. Work on having a positive outlook and you’ll accomplish loads more each day.
Inspire yourself by practising daily gratitude, journaling and self care. Get positive inspiration from others by attending networking events, watching uplifting TED talks or listening to podcasts.
Productivity is essential if you want to be successful in business. Time is your most valuable asset, so do what you can to maximise it. We can all be more productive, but it doesn’t happen by magic. Hack your brain and see the benefits of increased productivity.
Have you discovered a brain hack for optimal productivity? Please share in the comments.