#075: My Top 10 Productivity Hacks [Podcast]

I am often asked in interviews, “How do you get so much done?” Even one of my daughters asked me this the other day.

I love the topic of productivity. I collect productivity hacks like some people collect stamps. I am always looking for the edge that will make me more efficient and, even more importantly, more effective.

Based on my recent 2013 Reader Survey, 75 percent of my readers want more productivity content. So here are my top ten favorite productivity hacks of all time, in no particular order:

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  1. Eliminate online distractions.
  2. Schedule time alone.
  3. Batch similar tasks together.
  4. Identify your must-dos.
  5. Eliminate, automate, delegate.
  6. Hire virtual assistants.
  7. Invest in coaching.
  8. Acquire better tools.
  9. Get better at saying “no.”
  10. Use templates for everything.

This isn’t a very long list, but I have provided a huge list of resources in the show. Try these out and get to hacking yourself!

Listener Questions

  1. Ryan asked, “How can you make sure that you get good recommendations when you leave a job?”
  2. Shirley asked, “Now that I am past the initial launch, how do I find a larger audience for my book?”
  3. Wendy asked, “Is it a problem having the word ‘blog’ at the end of my domain name?”

Tip of the Week

My friend Stu McClaren introduced me to the site Focus@Will. It’s basically a music site, but it’s a special kind of music site.

It’s based on and designed around the science of psycoacoustics, which is the study of how music impacts our productivity. Specific kinds of music will increase your productiity when you play it.

I’ve been using it for over a week and love it.

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Episode Resources

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