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5 Hacks to Increase Productivity in a Shorter Time

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By Jaden Francis - - 5 Mins Read
According to credible sources, more than 90% of those who have access to their mobile phones check them immediately when they wake up in the morning. The same research showed that a whopping 60% of people check their mobile phones within the first five minutes of waking up in the morning. This means that these people wake up in the morning, and don't even care to check if they are really alive. They just go straight to their mobile device.    While this might seem harmless to many, you are in the path of consistently ruining your day if you press your phone immediately after waking in the morning. Distraction with mobile devices is the major factor that causes people to lose focus and have decreased productivity.    Apart from phones, another thing that decreases the productivity of many people is procrastination. If you suffer from reduced productivity, certain habits can help you get back on track and achieve more quickly. In this article, you will get concise and clear instructions on boosting your productivity. 
  • Plan Your Day First

A mother working on her laptop while doing some chores One of the most important productivity hacks is to plan one's day before doing anything else in the morning. Many people might prefer to plan their day the night before or in the morning before anything else happens. One of the best advantages of planning a day is that it gives you a headstart on your day and how you will make things go smoothly for you. For instance, planning your day will help you know the amount of work you will be doing that day and how you can manage it.    With a planned day, you have a more productive day rather than being reactive. A planned day will tell you that the first thing is to pray if you are religious, meditate, or freshen up, and do any other thing you might have to start first. From morning to night, you already know what you plan to do and how you can do them. It also gives you an idea of when to relax and relieve yourself from stress. 
  • Don't Over Crowd Activities 

[caption id="attachment_17472" align="aligncenter" width="960"]A tired man experiencing headaches A man having a headache (Pixabay)[/caption] One of the things that people do in a bid to achieve their goals in a day is to pack so many activities that will be very hard to achieve. Even if you want to make the best out of your day, the best productivity hack is to do those things that can be done within a day rather than overcrowding them. Overcrowding activities within one day can even confuse you about where to start. There are many things to achieve in a day, but you need to take them bit by bit.    When there's an optimal objective to achieve in a day, it gives you a headstart, and you can easily balance your schedule without overstressing yourself. Within yourself, you know the amount of work you can do comfortably without falling into great stress. To give you an idea of what overcrowding is, instead of writing down 20 things to do in a day, you can start with five things to do in a day and reschedule accordingly. 
  • Exercise

A woman exercising in her house Exercise is very much underrated, and many don't know that it can be a very effective way of increasing your productivity. You find yourself dull throughout the day, and you don't know that your muscles and bones need some exercise to be healthy. In fact, you could be dying slowly from lack of exercise. One thing about exercising is that it comes with many benefits.    Besides the physical growth of muscles and abs, exercise is a very good way of removing stress and anxiety. Since stress is a very major roadblock to achieving maximum productivity, exercising can help one to relieve stress and be more productive. This not only makes you healthy, but it also increases your level of confidence while performing your tasks. 
  • Don't Overwork 

A worker looking exhausted at work Most people think that being productive in a day means overworking themselves or something similar to that. Overworking oneself does not mean you are productive; you might even bring stress upon yourself. To most people, being productive means giving 100% every time they work. But that is far from the truth; being productive is far from overworking or doing things even when you don't feel like it.    Assuming you are working and suddenly feel stressed, it would be much better to step back and rest for some time. In most cases, you can drink water, relax, and continue from where you stopped. When you do things like this, it not only helps you to remain productive, but it also helps you relax and work at a much better rate. Working while you're stressed can lead to much bigger mistakes which is something you might want to avoid. 
  • Write more 

[caption id="attachment_19149" align="aligncenter" width="2560"]Someone writing on a book Credit: Kenny Eliason via Unsplash[/caption] For many people, it sounds funny when you really tell them to always write down their thoughts instead of keeping them in their heads. For instance, a good time management practice should include writing down time for appointments and other things instead of storing it off hand. When a thought comes to your head, writing it down can help you move on immediately from it and go back to it when you have the time.    Apart from how effective it makes your day, writing one's thoughts down is very therapeutic, and it can be an effective way of relieving stress. For more habitual writing, you can dedicate about 30 minutes to 1 hour every day to writing down your thoughts or any other thing. It can be in the morning or at night, depending on your preference.