Eat the frog first and other productivity hacks!

Updated: Nov 13, 2019

Check out our tips below on being more productive in your day!

These tips are simple and best of all every single thing in this list will take you less than one minute to implement into your life, but the results of each can be incredible.

1. Say “no” to three things This week, say “no” to three commitments that might zap you of your energy, time, or motivation. One of the easiest ways to get more time, energy, and motivation is to say no to pointless commitments that weigh you down.

2. Turn off all of your email alerts New email alerts don’t cost you much time, but they cost you a lot of attention. Every time a new alert comes in, you look at it (just in case it happens to be important), and then you have to re-orient yourself to what you were trying to focus on before.

3. Start keeping a list of everything you’re waiting on You likely already have a to-do list because if you didn’t, you would have a thousand commitments bouncing around in your head everyday. But it’s just as mentally taxing to keep track of everything you’re waiting for. When you maintain a list of everything you’re waiting for, you can make sure nothing slips through the net and you can worry a lot less about the things you need to stay on top of.

4. Live by the two-minute rule The rule is quite simple: the moment you realise you have to do something (like when you receive an email you have to action), if it will take less than two minutes, do it. If it will take more than two minutes, schedule completing it later. In practice the rule works incredibly well, because it takes the thinking out of prioritising tasks and picking which one to do.

5. Make a list of three outcomes you want to get out of today Not to-dos; outcomes. Define three outcomes you want to make happen today. Not things you have to do; actual results you want to get done. Ask yourself, if it’s the end of the day, what three things do you want to have accomplished?

6. Start working on pomodoro time The Pomodoro Technique is a simple time management technique that breaks your time down into chunks. For 25 minutes you turn off all possible distractions, and then work on only one thing for that time. After your first “pomodoro,” you take a five-minute break, then wash, rinse, and repeat two more times. After that, you work for another 25 minutes and take a 15-minute (or longer) break.

7. Find one activity that gives you more energy, and schedule doing it This would appear obvious, but no one takes the time to do it. Are there certain people that provide you lots of energy and motivation after you talk to them? Schedule a lunch with them. Are there certain things you do that give you lots of energy, like going to the gym before work, meditating, or spending time with your children? Schedule time for that too. 8. Take more breaks It might sound counterintuitive, but taking more breaks is one of the best ways to become more productive. Breaks prevent you from becoming fatigued and tired, and they help you slow down, step back from your work, reflect, and come up with better ideas. 9. Download RescueTime to track how you spend time on your computer RescueTime is a free utility (for Mac, PC, or Android) that tracks exactly how you spend time on your computer. You simply sign up for the service, download the app, set it, forget it, and at the end of every week the service will send you an email saying exactly how productive you were. You can then log onto the company’s website to see detailed stats on precisely where your time went, and the service even presents you with a productivity score that shows you how productive you were. 10. Define the very next steps you need to take to do something you’re procrastinating on One of the largest reasons people procrastinate with getting things done is that their tasks and to-dos are too ambiguous. Take one thing you’re procrastinating on and define the very next thing you have to do to get it done. This will make the task less ambiguous, and it will also give you the push to get it done.

And our personal favourite:

11. Eat the frog first!

As Mark Twain once said “If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.” ... Eating the frog means to just do it, otherwise the frog will eat you meaning that you'll end up procrastinating it the whole day!