I am often looking for ways to make my life simpler and more productive. The result in tons of experiments + trails and error on myself 🙂
Maybe it was the rush of the new year, but I tried not 1 but 3 productivity hacks in January. I am thrilled to report that I found them game changing.
Sharing these with you here, hoping you find it just as useful as I did.
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Hack#1: Planning my day the previous night
What I did: I have been into making to do lists and scheduling my day for a fairly long time. What changed this year was the shift from AM to PM. Earlier I would make my to do lists in the morning. This kinda worked, but not so well on days where I would be pressed for time. The result was it made my mornings more chaotic, adding one more thing to the long list of things to get done before I left the house.
Instead planning the next day the night before is so much more peaceful. I find that I have bit more time which means that I can put in more thought into what all I can accomplish the next day and prioritize my work accordingly. It also makes me feel more prepared and ready for tomorrow. The best part is many times, I would go to sleep looking forward to some work, meeting or some me time which I had scheduled.
Hack #2: Phone free mornings
Like any millennial, I am addicted to my phone and I love whatsapp and Instagram. Also like many millennials, I too have the habit of grabbing my phone first thing in the morning. I have slowly realized how precious the first few minutes of walking up are, they can set the tone for the rest of your day. First few minutes should be calming and relaxing. Scrolling though social media does just the opposite, makes you feel jumpy, hyper and agitated.
So I made a conscious effort all of Jan 18 to not touch my phone till I come back from my gym. I do carry my phone alone and often take pictures and videos of my workouts, but that’s it. All the posting and scrolling can wait till I am back home. I have been using the few extra minutes I have in the morning for stretching, deep breathing and some journaling.
Hack #3: Maintaining a schedule
Being a business owner, I often have the freedom to work at my convenient time. This might sound great, but in the chaotic world of entrepreneurship, not having a fixed start and stop time can drain you of lot of energy. So in Jan I made an attempt to bring in some method to the madness. I have started waking up at the same time(5 am yikes!), going to the gym at the same time, leaving for work around 9:30 everyday(I live in Bangalore so I can only guarantee the time I leave :)) and putting a stop to work at the same time!
Of course, it does not work perfectly every single day. But, just having a general framework of time in which I can function has made me much more efficient and productive 🙂
Love & Gratitude