Productivity Hacks: Part 1

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Part 1: Productivity Hacks 1-10

Do you know if you save one hour per day that adds up to seven in a week and thirty in a month and over three hundred and sixty hours per year, which equals nine, forty-hour work weeks?

This concept of creating one hour of time can change your life.  Just think what you would do if you had one extra hour per day to use in your life?

It’s about setting priorities and taking charge of your willpower. It means changing habits and behaviors that cause us to waste time.  Let me share the first part of the Top 20 productivity hacks that could help you gain that extra hour each day. We will go over 1-10 in this part and continue with 11-20 next week.

  1. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Plan your priorities. Remember, you cannot do EVERYTHING, and trying to will only make you less productive! Prioritize your schedule by planning the time to complete your most important tasks. You can always work on the less significant items after you have finished the essentials.

  1. Hide Distracting Gadgets

In today’s technological world, we have so many distractions. Put gadgets and other devices away so that you are not tempted to check them periodically.  

  1. Have the Gym to Yourself

Exercise in the morning, not because it is the most peaceful time at the gym, but because it energizes you and helps clear your mind so you can organize your thoughts.  

  1. Get Your Zzz’s

Adequate sleep is not only healthy but it has been proven to increase productivity. It helps you focus and can keep you from making senseless mistakes. Plus it is good for your health.

  1. Count Your Blessings 

Keeping a positive outlook can not only increase productivity but can have positive impacts on your health. Look for the good things in life and steer clear of complaining. It has been known to impair creativity, memory, and productivity.

6. Don’t Get Lost In The Clutter 

There isn’t room for clutter AND productivity in your work area. Clutter increases stress and can leave you feeling anxious and overwhelmed. It is also proven to negatively affect your ability to focus and process information.

7. Use Bite-Sized Chunks 

Block your calendar for Peak Productivity Time in 60 to 90-minute segments and use this time to work on your most important projects. Your heart rate, hormonal levels, muscle tension, brain-wave activity, and alertness begin to decline between 90—120 minutes so it is best to take small breaks. Here at Ascend, we hang our 90- Minute No Distractions Signs on our door during this time. 

8. Make Time For Recovering 

Schedule recovery time because it is necessary for periods of high achievement. You will come back with a new perspective and a better sense of direction. 

9. Don’t Squander Time 

Money is important, but time is your most valuable resource. Why would you set budgets, invest, save, and try to increase monetary riches but throw away time? The only way to have the time to do the things you need and want to do is by saving it so don’t use your time on meaningless activities

10. Eat Breakfast

Your body needs fuel to be productive so don’t skip the most important meal of the day. If you don’t have time to eat, drink a nutritional shake to give you the energy you need.


By making some minor changes in your habits and behaviors, you can seriously increase your productivity.  Remember, taking charge of your productivity decreases your stress levels.  

If you haven’t already, download the free worksheets which include the 20 hacks, Daily Dashboard, My Weekly Plan worksheets, and a door sign to keep out distractions. We will continue with hacks 11-20 next week. Click here to download:

My purpose is to help business owners succeed in business and life.  If you find value in this information, please share it with your business associates because time is your most valuable resource.