In a world where there is always many things going on at the same time, it can be very difficult to achieve maximum (or at least near maximum) productivity. From social media, to the “hottest topic” in the news, there is something to take our attention away from the task at hand. Over the past few years I have been trying to maximize my productivity. I have done countless research and trial and error on myself to see what works and eliminate what does not.
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What I found was that clutter kills productivity. It nurtures an environment of laziness and confusion. Both of which absolutely ruins ones productivity. My “work station” really only has a few things: a laptop and monitor setup, a coaster for a glass of water (imperative for brain function), a weekly planner, an iPad and AirPods. My desk is a good size too. The point here is less is better. I do not have loose papers, nor any extra crud that can take my eyes off of where it needs to be. This will set the foundation for everything else. Most things nowadays can be done digitally, thus the excess in loose papers is not needed. I use to always have a stack of paper on my desk just because that is what I always saw growing up.
I also found that my lifestyle played a huge role in bettering my productivity. One of the biggest changes I have made is skipping breakfast…I am sure by now you have at least heard of intermittent fasting, if not know someone who swears by intermittent fasting. It has truly changed my life for the better. Many use it for weight loss purposes, but I use it as a tool to turbocharge my productivity. If you want to read more about my unbiased experience with IF, check it out here. One of the main points I make is that no food in my system allows all my energy and focus to be on the tasks at hand rather than what I need to eat or my body using energy to process food, especially heavy foods. In addition, I always drink a cup of espresso and tons of water. The espresso is a way to “blunt hunger” and many times the hungry sensation we get tends to either be “fake” or can be satisfied with a drink of water. There have been a ton of research done on the benefits of drinking coffee. Before coffee, I loved energy drinks, and we can all agree those are not the best for you in the long run. Espresso is a much better substitute for zero calories. This is the current espresso machine I use. It is an investment, but if you drink 1 to 2 cups a day, especially if you have others in the same household using it, it will pay off fairly quickly. Long story short, no calories until lunch has maximized my productivity in the morning.
Lastly, rest is key. Absolutely imperative. No questions asked. I spent a lot of my high school years in an environment that applauded consistent late nights reading every little thing in the textbook, thus leading to both a lack of a social life but also little sleep. The mere fact that the human body requires rest should be enough to tell you to get enough sleep. My personal goal is to hit the hay by 10:30 PM and get up in time for the stock market to open, typically around 6:20 AM. This has become nothing short of a routine. I have heard from most of my peers that I “have no life” because I have this “robotic” and “dull” schedule. It is just the sacrifice that is needed to maximize productivity. To me, this is NOT “dull” or “robotic”. Rather, by the time 10 PM comes around, I am dead tired and can instantly fall asleep once my head hits the pillow. Once I wake up in the mornings, I am recharged and ready to tackle my tasks for the day. Try it out. You likely will not see results immediately, but stay diligent and the results you want will show. But until next time…
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