Ask The Readers: What is Your Best Productivity Hack?

We all do things differently and different strategies work well with different people.  some like to cut things out, while others like to leverage the help of other people to get things done.  Whatever it is, since we live in such a busy age, it is necessary to find ways to cut out the nonsense that takes our attention away from the important things.

Some examples may be:

  • Hiring a virtual assistant.
  • Batching your email so that you only read it once a day.
  • Ignoring all of your phone calls during work hours.
  • Whatever....

That being said, even though the 1-1-1 method may work for me, what has been your one method that has seriously amped up your productivity to a new level?  How has it increased your productivity and given you more time to be with your family or to do the things that you love?

Leave your secret method in the comments and let us know why your productivity strategy is awesome and what it has helped you to accomplish that you couldn't have accomplished without it.

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6 Comments

  • Devin Rose

    January 24, 2012

    My wife supports me having at least one evening per week off. I inevitably use it to work on my projects--books, podcasts, articles. Typically I can also work on these projects for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday during nap times, so each week I get a solid 7 hours at least of project time.

    Projects get finished when you just keep plowing away at them every week.

    • Dean Soto

      January 24, 2012

      Devin,

      Now that is BRILLIANT! What a great way to balance family and projects. I am sure that your wife appreciates having you available the rest of the week and it's definitely nice to have that much time to devote to a project. That is fantastic.

      Dean

  • Rhonda

    February 28, 2012

    My best productivity method is using my weekly desk pad calendar that sets right beside my laptop. I place the 5 top priorities for my biz that day and check off each one as I complete it. It's important to know your priorities. If I get them done early, I have other projects that I can bring up to work on.

    • Dean Soto

      February 28, 2012

      Hey Rhonda,

      Thanks for the comment! That is a great idea. I'm starting to see that I need to do that. It's hard to stay focused on specific goals for the day otherwise. Wow, 5 though!? You are a productivity machine! hehe. I struggle with around 3 a day that lead toward a finished product.

      You are awesome 🙂

  • Timo Kiander

    March 29, 2012

    Dean,

    I try to work as much as possible when my family is sleeping.

    Also, I try to have my next action on my mind. For example, if there is an extra time block on my hands, I know instantly what task to work on.

    In general, I think that being aware of what you are doing is very important. Asking yourself if a task is really necessary to do (and does it support reaching your goals), will cut down extra distraction effectively.

    Cheers,
    Timo

    • Dean Soto

      March 30, 2012

      Hey Timo,

      Thanks for the comment man! Love your blog, great stuff! Also love that you use the night to work instead of the day in order to be with the family.

      Great strategy, reminds me of Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy!