List of 15 life hacks that made my life more productive

Written by Girishkumar Kumaran. Last updated at 2022-08-05 05:28:50

The class recently asked me if I knew any tips for making life more productive. In this article, I've compiled a list of 15 things that have helped me stay on track and get things done instead of wasting time scrolling through social media or watching TV. If you're like me and want to make your life more productive, check out these tips below!

1. Determine why you're being unproductive.

To be productive, you need to know what's causing you to be unproductive. If you're not motivated at work, it could be because your manager doesn't appreciate your efforts or because a coworker is getting credit for everything you do. Or maybe an underlying issue like depression prevents you from being as productive as possible. Understanding why you're not being productive can help set up a plan for better productivity.

2. Set goals.

To be productive, you need to know what your goal is. The best way to do this is by setting specific and measurable goals with a deadline. For example: “I will lose weight by eating healthier” or “I will clean my apartment today, so it looks more inviting for guests coming over tomorrow night” will help keep you on track and manage your time better.

3. Plan your day the night before.

Planning your day the night before is one of the best ways to ensure you're as productive and organized as possible. Planning your day allows you to:

1. Know what needs to be done

2. Get it done on time

3. Finish all of your work early and leave work at a regular hour

4. Stop multitasking.

Multi-tasking is not an efficient method. Our brain is a powerful tool but can only focus on one thing at a time. When you focus on multiple tasks at once, your brain loses its ability to do any of them particularly well—and you end up feeling stressed out as your attention flits between different things.

The next time you’re tempted to multitask while working or studying: take a deep breath and permit yourself to focus on one thing at a time instead. You’ll be amazed by how much more productive you are!

5. Take breaks when doing assignments.

When you’re working on an assignment and know there is a deadline for it, try to take breaks after a certain amount of time. If you push yourself too hard, you will likely burn out before reaching the end. This is especially true if your brain works on complex problems or difficult questions requiring concentration and patience.

Take breaks when you need them; don't let yourself get distracted by other things (like checking social media or going online) because this will only make it harder for your brain to focus on what it's doing at the time. Regular breaks will also keep you motivated throughout the assignment by keeping your energy levels up and ensuring that every part of what needs doing gets done correctly.

6. Eat right and exercise.

You'll never be productive if you don't take care of yourself. Eating right and exercising are essential because they help keep your body in good shape, allowing it to function better.

Eating healthy can mean many things, but it will almost always include eating more vegetables — and less sugar. You should eat more fruits too, especially berries."

7. Get enough sleep.

Sleep is one of the most important things for your health and productivity. Your brain needs to be well rested to function well and make good decisions, so getting enough sleep each night is crucial.

How much sleep do you need? Most adults need between seven to nine hours of sleep a night, but everyone is different. You should pay attention to how much energy you have throughout the day and how you feel when you wake up. If you're not feeling refreshed after six hours of sleep or less, it's time to consider making some changes!

What causes poor sleep quality? Many factors affect our ability to get good rest (and therefore make us more productive). These include stress levels; diet; exercise habits; caffeine intake; alcohol consumption; sleeping environment/bedtime routines/materials used during bedtime routines (such as heavy blankets); being worried about something from earlier in your day that still has your mind racing when trying to fall asleep at night."

8. Stay positive.

Stay positive. Please do not underestimate the power of positive thinking and its effects on productivity. How you feel about yourself directly correlates to how much work you will get done in a day. If you think positively, your brain will be more open to new ideas and possibilities. Avoid negative people, thoughts, and hostile media as much as possible.

Have a routine that works for you: I know many successful people who are always busy, but they have a way that helps them manage their time better than other people with less workload or commitments.

9. Listen to music that makes you happy, energetic, and productive.

Listening to music that makes you happy is an integral part of productivity. When we are in a good mood, it’s easier for us to focus on our work.

Listening to energetic music can help boost your energy levels, making you more productive in whatever task.

Music can help us feel motivated when we're working hard at something, and having fun with it also helps, so if there's anything mundane or boring going on, this might be worth trying out. If it works for other people, too, then great!

10. Keep your workspace tidy and organized.

Make sure that your desk is clean and clear of clutter so you have a place to put things down when they're not in use. Create folders on your computer desktop for different files, such as documents, photos, or scanned receipts. Label them clearly so that you know where everything is at a glance.

Sort through emails regularly—every day if possible—and delete anything that isn't relevant anymore or something that could be archived away elsewhere (like an attachment). It would help if you also unsubscribe from any mailing lists you don't regularly read, as this will help keep the inbox manageable over time.

Clean up after yourself in real life, too: pick up clothes before heading out; put away dishes after dinner; fold laundry while waiting for an ironing board to fill with steam from clothes being pressed nearby; etcetera et cetera ad infinitum!

11. Turn off your phone for a certain amount each day.

It may sound extreme, but this is one of the simplest ways to increase productivity and reduce stress. The problem with our phones is that they constantly distract us from our actions. But if you turn off your phone at night, it becomes easier to focus on sleep and wake up refreshed in the morning.

Turning off your phone during meetings will keep you focused on what’s being discussed at hand rather than checking out social media every 5 minutes or taking multiple unnecessary breaks because of some update that came through. Turning off your phone during class will prevent distractions from classmates and teachers (tweets are fun until they become annoying).

Turning off your phone during work hours will help avoid distractions from emails or Slack messages so that everyone knows their place when a meeting comes around! This also applies to family time; instead of using the excuse “I have work” as an excuse not to spend time with them, put down the device and enjoy quality bonding time together!

12. Avoid distractions like the TV or social media when you should be working or studying.

Distractions are everywhere. Even the most disciplined people can get sidetracked by something in their environment at any given time, so it's essential to know how to handle the situation when it happens.

Figure out what distracts you and take steps to avoid it. Some common distractions for students include social media, TV, and music streaming services. If you're easily distracted by your phone during study time, put it away or use an app like Self-Control (for Mac) or Freedom (Android) if there's a particular genre of music that always keeps you from concentrating on work tasks or studying for school, mute Pandora until your work is done!

Don't beat yourself up over being distracted; get back on track as soon as possible! When we feel guilty about losing focus on our goals, we're more likely to give up entirely than keep trying again—and that's not healthy either! Instead of dwelling on what happened (or worrying about whether it'll happen again), figure out how long it took for things to get out of hand last time and set the alarm for 15 minutes before your next task starts so that when the distraction hits again later in the day, you can remind yourself: "Okay...I'm going into self-criticism mode right now."

13. Reward yourself when you reach a goal or complete an assignment on time or ahead of schedule.

Rewarding yourself is a great way to feel good about your accomplishments and keep the momentum going. It's not just about getting a reward for doing something, but also about doing something for yourself. Finding little ways to celebrate your success and make yourself feel accomplished can help you stay positive and motivated throughout the day.

If appropriate, consider giving yourself a small gift or treat when you reach certain milestones or complete specific assignments on time or ahead of schedule (e.g., if you finish all of your work early in the day). Or maybe take some time out for an activity that relaxes you, like going for lunch with friends or reading. Or perhaps indulge in something at the top of your wish list (e.g., buying those shoes you've been eyeing).

Maybe there is something that has been putting off—such as going to the dentist after skipping appointments for many months—that would be very satisfying when completed! Maybe it's time to treat yourself to something good such as going on vacation or taking a spa day at home with candles lit around while listening to music while soaking in oils infused with lavender scenting that will help relax muscles after sitting all day working on projects by completing them ahead of schedule! It may seem far-fetched now, but if we keep ourselves motivated by rewarding ourselves often, these things become more attainable!

14. Find good study buddies or friends who won't distract you from getting things done but will push you when necessary.

Find people who support your goals and can help keep them in perspective when the going gets tough.

Find someone who will know when to be encouraging and supportive during tough times but also understand (and not get upset) when they need to be critical of your choices.

15. Create a relaxed environment that lets you get work done instead of creating distractions.

To be productive, you need to create a relaxed environment that allows you to get work done instead of creating distractions. Here are some tips to help you put yourself in the right mindset:

Create a relaxing environment. You want your workspace to be organized, comfortable and quiet so that your mind can focus on the task without being distracted by outside noise or messes around you.

Get rid of distractions. Make sure there's nothing else around like bright lights or lots of people talking—those things can break your concentration when all you want is peace, so it's easier for you to work through everything! Turn off anything with an alert sound (your phone especially) if possible.

Set up a schedule/goal-oriented routine for yourself each day before beginning any serious work (for instance, emailing) so that if something unexpected comes up during this time, then at least it won't affect what needs doing next (such as an urgent deadline). Also, don't forget about breaks throughout those long hours spent sitting down!

These tips can make your life more productive, allowing you to achieve more with your time and set yourself up for success in the future.

You can make your life more productive by breaking down your tasks into small steps that are easy to achieve, so they're not daunting or overwhelming, and give you the motivation to keep going at it until completion! Prioritizing your tasks based on their importance and urgency so that if something urgent comes up, whether it's an unexpected client request or an emergency phone call from mom needing help moving furniture out of her house, then that takes priority over something less urgent but equally crucial like going grocery shopping this week. Then all other things come after those two things have been completed before doing anything else!

If we want to enjoy our lives today or tomorrow, we must take responsibility for what happens today, so let’s start now!!!

You can find many ways to become more productive and get the most out of your time. The key is just being proactive about it! Don’t let yourself get bogged down by distractions or procrastination—instead, put these tips into action so that they work for you instead of against you.

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