10 Tips for Being More Productive


Life and work both get very busy- sometimes we even feel like there aren’t enough hours in a day!  The good news is that everyone can increase the amount of tasks they accomplish in a day.  This is why Samir Becic and his Health Fitness Revolution team has put together a list of 10 tips to help you master your time and be as productive as possible:

  • Live a Balanced, Healthy Life: This is the MOST important aspect of being more productive.  By exercising regularly you will notice you have more energy, more focus, and more ambition.  Part of healthy lifestyle includes getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, eating a nutritious diet, and being physically active.  Being healthy boosts energy levels by 60% within the first two months, which can greatly improve both career and interpersonal relationships.
  • Organize Everything in One Place: Make sure all your appointments, scheduling, and deadlines are in the same place- streamlined.  This can either be a notebook agenda, your phone, or your computer calendar, as long as you make sure it’s all in one master organizing system.
  • Plan your day/ Make a list: You should plan for every day, week and long term. Separate the important and not so important activities and plan to do them accordingly. Set your goals for a day and write down the list of activities to be finished in a certain amount of time.
  • Prioritize: This is a big one! Next to each bullet point item put an A for a must do item of the day, a B for a should do item of the day, and a C for something that could wait if you ran out of time.
  • Do not confuse business with productivity: Oftentimes the most productive people have plenty of time- because they know how to get what is important done! This is how they avoid getting overworked and overwhelmed.
  • Know the difference between urgent and important: Last-minute distractions from yourself and others are not necessarily priorities, so learn how to distinguish what’s most important.
  • Time Management:  experts will say that 80 percent of the importance of what we do in any given day lies in only twenty percent of the activities. This means, if you focus on accomplishing the top twenty percent of the most important tasks, you will feel more productive and satisfied at the end of the day.
  • Use your natural rhythm: Observe yourself for one week and note when you have the most energy and when you start feeling natural lags in energy and motivation.  If you’re most productive in the morning, start knocking out important tasks then.  Schedule tasks that require complex thinking, creativity or interaction for your energetic hours. Fill your natural down times with easier tasks like handling paperwork or organizing your office.
  • Set a timer: For thirty minutes or an hour, set a timer and focus your energy for that amount of time.  Turn off all other distractions for that period of time and just focus on the task at hand- you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish in that amount of time.  After the timer goes off, reward yourself with a well-deserved break.
  • Recharge and Refresh with breaks:  A 10 to 15 minute break after a dedicated period of work can help you refresh yourself, recharge your mind and help you be more productive.  You can use this break to eat lunch, meditate, do some light reading, or find some other way to relax for a few minutes. Recharging can help invigorate you and reset your mind to work more efficiently for your next productive period.
  • Don’t Procrastinate:  It’s easy to blame slow computers, distractions, stress, and an array of other factors for not getting work done.  But truly, it’s on you to not procrastinate and maintain a bright outlook in getting things done. You’ll get more done if you focus on solutions and stop wasting time making excuses.


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  1. Thanks for the tips! I think that digital tools or specific methods can help to maintain a healthy and productive dynamic and also apply these tips. Because these kind of advice is the kind that you are exited to practice at the beginning but quickly bored and annoyed by it.
    With a tool to structure all these good practice you can develop a productive way of working on a sustainable basis. The one I use is Beesy because of its dynamic note-taking feature that enables the updates of to-dos and projects directly and automatically from the notes.

  2. Thanks for advices! Agree with you, making lists and prioritizing items from them is really necessary for effective time-management. In my case, I decided to combine these two things and find some project management tool for solving my tasks. Now I test https://casual.pm/ (helps manage projects as visual workflows). It’s simple and really helpful for my work-life balance.

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