Nerd Hacks: Productivity Unplugged
While we normally love to expound on the perks and pitfalls of various technological advances, the fact is that every nerd can enjoy an old school hack once in a while. Old school hacks don’t need technology to work out, which makes them great for people who are still wondering how to use a CD drive. Go ahead and nerd out with us – try out these amazing low-tech productivity hacks.
- Take two minutes to do absolutely nothing but meditate. You may have already noticed that you work better when you are cool, calm and collected. Studies have shown that you only need two minutes of meditation (or even doing absolutely nothing) to get calmer and happier during your workday.
- Turn off your phone. How many times have you been pulled away from work just because someone was texting you? Chances are that number is high. While you’re at it, pause your email, too. This forces you to focus on the task at hand and get more done.
- Put together a next day task list right before your workday is done. This is the easiest way to make sure that you know what you should focus on by the time you head back to work the next day.
- Try the Pomodoro Technique. This is yet another old school trick to heighten productivity that is backed by science. Studies have shown that people are their most productive if they work for 25 minutes straight, then take a 5 minute break, then go back to work. It keeps people happy, relaxed, and focused throughout their day. Who doesn’t love an excuse to take a break?
- Keep yourself hydrated, and exercise daily. Obviously, you’re not going to be performing at your peak if you’re not feeling your best. This is why many companies have already begun their own company exercise program and work to offer employees free water. Get your heart pumping to get your work flowing.
- Work while on your commute. If you are one of the many people who uses public transit, then you might have a good 30-plus minutes that can be used to do a number of things. You could read up on documents, plan out your day, or even work on a couple of memos from your tablet. Why waste that good time?
The key to productivity isn’t always just cool little tricks, though. It’s about how motivated you are, and how much work you want to get done, too. But, even so, using some spiffy new tricks might be what you need to get your work game on better than ever.