Time either flies or it crawls. Here’s why

There’s no end to the range of life hacks that you’ll see being recommended online. Indeed, it’s overwhelming, notes Chad Hall, writing in Doist. However, making a small number of critical changes can actually have an enormous impact in boosting your productivity.

  • Step 1: Get started. The hardest thing to do is to get to work. Doing busywork is almost as bad – if you’re answering emails to avoid a deadline then you might feel like you’re getting things done, but you’re not being productive. Stop procrastinating and get to work. And where large tasks look impossible, break them down into manageable chunks.
  • Step 2: Build a system. It’s tough to push through on willpower alone – so make a habit of getting things done, and stick to it. It’s tough to form a habit, of course, so you’ll need to work on a routine; but once you do, any deviations will be actively breaking you out of your normal path.
  • Step 3: Cheer up. Having a cheerful and positive disposition makes it far easier to get work done. Music, exercise and reflection on results can all work to boost your mood.
  • Step 4: Take breaks. If you try to power through then you’re fighting against your body, which will eventually result in fatigue. Instead, break up work into chunks – whether after 25, 50 or 90 minutes, take a short break to refresh yourself. To identify what length of time is right for you, take a note of when you begin to space out of work or when you feel exhausted, and it’ll give you an indication that you’ve gone too far.

The 20% of productivity advice that produces 80% of the results

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