6 Productivity Tips To Make 2021 Your Best Year Ever (That Actually Work)

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Are you the type of person who believes that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get work done?

Do you wish you were more productive and had more time throughout your day?

There’s a huge difference between a productive person and a non-productive person.Someone who is productive has worked to become that way. They’ve done the necessary things to stay efficient with their time.

Below are 6 extremely helpful tips for maximizing productivity and getting tasks done.

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1. Time management and productivity

Creating good time management practices doesn’t mean filling your day with more tasks, but instead limiting what you do to certain things to simplify your life.

Instead of working hard, you can work smarter.

Here are tips for better time management:

  • time blocking
  • creating a calendar ahead of time of your day, week, and month
  • answer emails only once a day
  • use social media only at night for a limited amount of time

2. Productivity Planner

A productivity planner is such a simple yet effective way to get all of your tasks done on time.

The Panda Planner uses a scientific approach to keep people productive and happy in life.

What I love most about this planner is how customizable it is.

So, instead of buying a planner that starts in January, you can use this planner at any time of the year since you have the ability to write in the month and days in the planner.

The planner also helps with prioritizing your tasks and keeps you accountable.

On the first page of the planner, there is information that gives you access to 6 different ebooks as well as a video series to help you hit your goals.

A couple of these include:

  • How to Cure Procrastination
  • A Billionaire’s Top 5 Productivity Secrets
  • Acess to a video mini-course that will 10x your productivity

3. Eat The Frog

If you have a daunting task on your to-do list, make sure to complete it first thing in the morning.

This will give you peace of mind since you’ll have the hardest task over for the day.

Procrastinating and waiting until the very end of the day to complete the hardest task on your to-do list is a bad idea for several reasons.

  • You’ll most likely be thinking about the task all day, leading you to veer off from the other tasks you’re doing
  • Motivation is usually lost throughout the day, meaning you’ll keep procrastinating and wait until the very last minute to complete the project

In order to “Eat the frog” break down your large project into several tasks.

Oftentimes people are dreading a task because it is so large and difficult to start.

4. Track your online time

If you work online, it can be incredibly easy to get off track.

Social media is only a click away, making it almost too easy to check Facebook, Pinterest, and other websites that can be wasted on for hours.

Rescuetime is an awesome app that will basically give you an audit of your day and tell you where you’re spending your time.

It may seem that you’re putting 7 hours toward work, but after the audit, some may notice they’ve spent 2 hours on social media.

5. Turn off social media

If you end up realizing that you’re wasting time on your computer on a social media website like Facebook, there is one thing you can do to completely block out the desire to check your newsfeed.

Facebook Eradicator is a plugin that completely blocks out your newsfeed.

Instead of seeing your newsfeed when you check your Facebook on a desktop, you’ll see one motivating quote in place of the newsfeed.

I’ve been using this plugin for over 1 month now and it’s been a gamechanger in my productivity habits.

6. Block out time for yourself

When it comes down to it, most people do not give themselves enough time to do things for themselves.

What do you enjoy doing most?

It’s crucial to stay active in hobbies that make you happy.

This can help ensure that you do not experience burnout from work or unsatisfaction with your life.

Find a physical hobby that you genuinely enjoy.

If you don’t like lifting weights, try out rock climbing, hiking, or volunteer at a shelter and walk dogs.

The time you block out for yourself needs to be used by doing something that makes you happy.

Bonus Tips:

  • Use canned responses when dealing with certain emails. For example, if someone is emailing me asking about rates for a service, I usually use a draft since I get so many of these emails.
  • See how much time you’re wasting on your phone with a free service like Moment. After noticing I was on Facebook a lot, I downloaded Moment on my phone and noticed I was spending way too many hours each day on my phone.
  • Use a planner that is customizable and ditch your procrastination habits

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What do you do to stay productive throughout your day?

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Time blocking is something I never tried before. I usually try to stick to a task until I finish it or I get to a point where I can’t work on it anymore (usually because I depend on someone else doing something). The good thing is that I can move along when the tasks faster. The bad thing is that I can only work on a couple of things a day. I am curious to try time blocking and see how I like it.

    1. Alexis

      Time blocking is really helpful if you have a ton of tasks to do. Try it out! 🙂

  2. These are great tips! I’m working on figuring out how to “eat the frog” each day. It’s amazing how long I can put a big or daunting task off!

    1. Alexis

      Same here!

  3. Donny

    Time blocking is very effective! I’ve used to just write down the things I have to do throughout the day but I never really did all of those things.
    Once I started adding a “time block” for each of those tasks, I became much more organised.
    I also deleted the facebook app from my phone, because I was just spending way too much time on there!
    And I always do the hardest tasks as soon as possible because if I wait to do it by the end of the day, most of the time I simply don’t do it.
    I even started waking up earlier just so I could have more time and be productive.
    Procrastination is a serious thing and it always holds us down.
    Do you think a morning routine is important to become more productice?
    I exercise, meditate and read a book as my morning routine and I always do a lot more throughout the day.

    1. Alexis

      I’m the same way! If I wait until the end of the day, I put the task off until the next day. Thanks for reading!

  4. Kim

    Good tips! Ism going to try time blocking this week, it seems very logical and as we all do, we start off on task and never get through the “to do list”. I may use my Echo Dot timer to remind me when to move to the next task. I may try the time tracker you mention, very intriguing.

    Tackling the big/worst/most difficult task first is s great reminder!

    Morning routines are critical. I try to get up 30 minutes before heading to the gym – me time or time to start house tasks. I work from home so I am easily distracted my “stuff” around the house. This helps me tackle it early or plan these tasks.

    Happy productivity!

    1. Alexis

      Me time is SO critical!! This is definitely something I have to work on.

  5. Philip Carter

    Another great hack is learning to form habits. I have found that habits are so underrated but can be such a powerful tool if you can will yourself to picking one area of your health or fitness life you want to improve and doing it for an extended period of time. Soon, you will realize that your body becomes used to that action. I have done that in so many areas of my life, from simple things like drinking more water, getting myself to take my vitamins each morning or big changes like drinking coffee or tea whenever I feel the need to snack between meals etc.

    1. Alexis

      I totally agree! You make many good points. 🙂

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