Productivity Hacks

Inspired by @biancarocksout. Bring your A Game, everyone.
  1. When I don't know where to begin with a problem or paper, I make a bullet point list of all the known information I have, what I'm required to solve/include, and what I want to include. It really helps to get all my ideas down on paper, even if they're unorganized at first. Plus, it's an easy first task, so it's less likely that I'll procrastinate.
    Suggested by   @megquinn
  2. Write things on paper even if you don't have to, switch between different topics to keep your mind fresh and encourage connections between things, use colors
    Suggested by   @heyitsalisha
  3. For writing, I'm a big proponent of what I call "idiot writing" when I'm stuck. So even if I can't come up with the sentence I want, I'll write "and this is where I explain X" or "he says something about his mother here" and move on. It helps take the heat off to write "well," helps me develop structure and lets me keep making forward progress.
    Suggested by   @readjulia
  4. Do the little thing first thing.
    I have certain tasks at work that I NEED to get done but that can seem way less important than my major deliverables or duties. But if I let a "small" task like answering snail mail fall by the way-side too often, I'm overwhelmed with piles by the end of the week. So I start my work days by spending a half an hour just answering snail mail. I keep my mail pile at a manageable level, people get timely responses, and my day is clear to tackle the big stuff.
    Suggested by   @LizDawson
  5. Transcendental meditation
    Suggested by   @aurora
  6. I use 'dictate' a lot on my iPhone/iPad to write emails ( but don't forget to spellcheck before sending). I also use the 'speak' function to read me my mails if they aren't super important which allows me to multitask. (Of course I have the Aussie male voice selected😋)
    Suggested by   @cmschoder
  7. Convince yourself and others that your work is harder to accomplish than theirs
    Suggested by   @jeremysomething
  8. Find your productivity album and stick to it
    Personally it's the Amelie movie soundtrack
    Suggested by   @Lisa_Fav
  9. When you get stuck on a problem, take a walk.
    Something about moving aimlessly and oxygen and the stimulus of any kind of nature is very good for problem-solving. This sounds really corny but I've found it to work time and again. Might only be because you are changing space, but I think it's more than that. (If you can't do this, taking a shower has a similar effect. Just you, your body, and your big brain in a small room often leads to Eureka moments.)
    Suggested by   @cordeliane
  10. Set timers
    20 minutes on, 5 minutes off, or whatever your attention span can handle
    Suggested by   @emilyrose
  11. Close Outlook. Even if you're at work, you don't have to be constantly accessible by email, and every time it dings you're pulled away from the task to see what new message arrived.
    Suggested by   @justjills
  12. Brief dance party
    They truly help a great deal
    Suggested by   @anj
  13. My Passion Planner has changed my life! For many reasons, not least of which is having one place to put all my to-do lists, week by week, and encouraging me to set monthly, half-yearly, and yearly goals, and helping me reflect on how I'm doing.
    Suggested by   @bookishclaire
  14. Don't multi-task
    This seems too simple and common-sense, but I'll say it anyways - we have way too many sources of distraction. If I want to be productive (especially as I get older), I need to quiet things like email [closed] and my phone [do not disturb] and my radio [playlist of known songs if at all] and my web browser [minimized or closed] and my TV [off] and focus. When I multi-task it can take me much longer to finish the task and it is likely of lower quality....
    Suggested by   @BWN_7
  15. Suggested by   @dev
  16. Start cleaning. My prep time at school is short and I have focus issues. I've found that if I'm having a hard time honing in on one important thing, it will become more clear as I'm working on something mindless. And I have a cleaner classroom.
    Suggested by   @StuckOnThe7