Everyone wants to get more done and spend less time time doing it. There are also a billion different books, courses, and articles on how to maximize productivity.
And that's the problem. There is so much information on how to be productive and so many methodologies that most people spend more time trying to figure out what to do to get more done than actually doing it.
I've spent a lot of time figuring these things out myself over the years and have come to find a few things that really work well for just about everyone.
One of those is maximizing your "Productivity Zones."
What is a productivity zone? A productivity zone is the time or times where you are most focused and productive during the day.
For example, for me, 6am-8am and 1pm-4pm daily are the times that I have found myself to be most alert, focused, and productive. It may make sense as first thing in the morning I am refreshed and ready and things are quiet. But after putting in a couple solid hours of work, my brain is ready for a break, so I go and do my fitness regiment. This wakes me back up, feeds oxygen to my body, and gives me energy. After my daily fitness time, I am ready to go again, so I can settle in and be highly productive from 1-4pm.
I found these productivity zones by observing myself over time and tracking when I was most productive. And now, I make sure to schedule my most important tasks and meetings during these time blocks. In fact, I actually block the times on my calendar to make sure others do not take those times.
If you can tap into your productivity zones, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. And that is the hack. It is not just about scheduling time to do things, but scheduling the time during when you are most productive. This will allow you to get substantially more done with the time you.
Everyone's productivity zones will be different, but ask yourself, "I am maximizing my productivity zones?" If not, do what you need to do to make sure you are. You will be amazed at what happens!
We have some of the most amazing listeners at the Misfit Entrepreneur. Not just for their incredible support of the show, but because of their own knowledge, insight, and curiosity. I am constantly amazed at the email we get and the ideas that people share.
And fairly often I get asked what solutions we use at the Misfit Entrepreneur and that I use personally to stay at the top of my game and succeed. I thought I'd share a few of them with you. If you are a long time listener, you probably know that when I find someone that I really like and use, I typically will reach out to see if they would like to be involved with the show. Full disclosure, you will see links below to special offers for some of the tools I mention.
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