9 Time Management Tips for Explosive Productivity

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1. Have a Plan

If you want to use your time effectively, you need to have a clear expectation of what you'll spend time on and what you want to accomplish.

2. Say No

It's okay to say no to outside requests, invitations, and other distractions when you have a commitment to something you want to use that time for.

3. Do Less

Knowing what you're NOT going to do with your time is every bit as important as deciding what you DO want to do. Simplify your plan down to a single core focus.

4. Use a Timer

Working in short, fixed blocks of time, such as with the pomodoro method, is a great way to stay focused and on-task during those blocks.

5. Take Breaks

Working with no breaks is not the productivity hack many think it is. Short periods of rest help the mind recharge and stay focused.

6. Task Batching

Streamline your day by keeping your mind in one lane at a time. Combine similar tasks into "batches" and work on one batch at a time.

7. Organize Your Space

A disorganized, cluttered space makes it difficult to find things you need, think calmly, and use your time well. A little tidying can go a long way!

8. Take Care of Your Body

Everything goes better when you're well rested, hydrated, and fed, and that's especially true for staying productive and focused during the day.

9. Reduce Your Inputs

Just like physical clutter, an environment prone to frequent noises or visual distractions is a place that makes it hard to stay on task and use your time well.

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