24 Ways To Be Uncommonly Productive Today And Your Daily Productivity Checklist [Download]

Posted on /by Natalie Sisson/ in Time Management Tricks / 25 comments
Cute Cat lounging around vs super productivity on the Project Program

Let’s face it we all want more time in our life to get more done, be more, do more and have more.

The thing is, we are all given the same 24 hours in a day as everyone else.

So why is it then that some people are just so much more efficient at squeezing more out of every moment of every day?

Well they have a few secrets up their sleeve that you should know about.

Until some genius figures out how to give us more time and charges a fortune for it, I’m going to help you make the most of the time you have at your disposal right now.

Below you will find 24 great strategies you can employ today to save you more time – if you implement them, of course.

Plus you will also be able to download a Daily Productivity Checklist to start using today.

Cute Cat lounging around vs super productivity on the Project Program

 24 Ways To Become Highly Productive

  1. Get up an hour earlier.
  2. Use Sunday evening for planning the week.
  3. Say no. (the power of constraints). Ignore. Focus only on the thing you’re looking to achieve.
  4. Get a cleaner and stop spending your precious hours on this task each week (your time is worth a lot more)
  5. Turn off your emails on your phone
  6. Use a simple to-do-list like TeuxDeux  and only put THREE things on it to get done each day
  7. Plan your day according to the most important, biggest task, not the smallest and easiest.
  8. Avoid meetings at all cost. If you have to go  have one specific outcome in mind
  9. Know what the next step is at the end of every conversation
  10. Use Leechblock (Firefox Extension) or Nanny (Google Chrome) to block out times when you can’t access social media and other distracting sites
  11. Set a timer to go off at 30 minute intervals to focus on one activity and take a short 1 minute break to refocus
  12. Take a proper break after 2 hours for 10-20 minutes and dance to your fave song, do some pushups, get out in the fresh air
  13. Ask yourself “is what I’m doing right now getting me closer to what I want to achieve.
  14. Know what you’re looking to achieve – what does finished look like?
  15. Get an accountability partner like you would in the Freedom Plan program
  16. Keep an idea book to dump your distractions in, and come back to them a week later
  17. Keep a journal of WHAT you have achieved – either in a notebook or I recommend online journal Penzu
  18. Work out what is important and what isn’t
  19. Stop procrastinating and just fucking do it!
  20. Throw out the TV – literally bury it in your back garden
  21. Turn off the internet. If you’re writing or creating go to a coffee shop that has no internet
  22. Outsource – get help using Upwork and have someone else design your blog in 2 days instead of you taking 3 weeks
  23. Don’t say should, say “I will”. Think like Yoda `There is no try, there is only do or do not’
  24. Don’t answer the phone. Literally. If it’s important they’ll leave a message

Download Your Daily Productivity Checklist

This highly valuable piece of paper that Matt and I put together will make you more productive in one day – trust us.

Keep it on your desk. It’s a daily checklist that will help you get your derriere into gear right now.

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  • Sandy Sidhu

    It’s not the tv that I need to hide in the backyard..it’s my mobile that has *got* to go. Today was supposed to be the day that I woke up 1 hour earlier and get to it…guess what happened…1 hour sucked into the world of email and social media on my phone! (in my cozy bed, I might add). Need to work on this ASAP!

    • Perhaps just turning the data off on your phone or not allowing emails to connect via it when you’re working from home?

  • Great list Natalie! I’m excited to be joining you and Matt for The Project Program! Some of these things I’ve been doing for years (#2 is a big reason why I accomplish so much). In the more recent past, I’ve turned off the phone and other distractions during work time and begun to do #13 religiously. Two weeks ago I started #1 and that’s a big step for me! Now if I could just master #3 and #22! P.S. Evernote is great for #16 🙂

    • Yes your productivity is through the roof compared to most mere mortals. Evernote is great and I’m starting to use it more and more. I could do with No 3 too – being strategic helps when it comes to turning down or accepting opps

      • Awww you’re too kind 🙂 Good point about strategy and I guess then I’m doing better with #3 because, although I may say yes more than I should, since Niko got sick I’ve been much more strategic about my yesses… they HAVE to be directly related to my 2012 Strategic Plan and BHAGs. Thank you. That made me feel better. And I’ve decided #22 is going on my 2013 BHAGs list. WooHoo!

        • Daniel Fortes

          You’re right Debi, it’s all a work in progress… staying consistent EVERY week is my hurdle! Maybe we should all connect and share talents?? facebook.com/danny.fortes

  • Luz Garcia-Pennock

    Yesterday Sunday 🙂 I identified my goals for this week and wrote them down. Today I got up an hour earlier…worked in chunks of time by task. Thank YOU Natalie for the tips they are GREAT! Practical! The PDF tips, tools and gadgets sparkly rock.

    • Woot! That’s hugely productive. I’m impressed. Man I love the action people are taking right now. It’s very energizing.

  • Thanks for using my pic @nataliesisson:disqus .

    #4 is definitely one of my goals for this year!

    #22 is something I’m hoping to learn more about in The Project Program. I know I need to do it (I even started a list of specific things that I can outsource, like photo editing, creating infographics or images for Facebook, etc)

    I have so many ideas, that it’s hard for me to pick just one (or even 2) so I thought the Project Program was a good way to keep me accountable and do something that I’ve been putting off. (My website was shipped, a year ago…it just never went thru the update and improve stage.) I’ve also been spinning my wheels, so I love that it’s a small group, not only for support (and the occasional ass-whooping) but to brainstorm ideas as well.

    Looing fwd to starting on Wednesday!

    • I think everyone could learn more about outsourcing to be honest. So yes we will help you through don’t you worry!

  • Paid with a tweet and much as I would love to say something good about the Productivity Checklist, I can’t – it’s Windows only! What about us Mac entrepreneurs? It’s been a long, long time since I’ve come across a download without an OSX version. (Maybe we’re thought productive enough!)

    • Natalie

      That’s no good at all I will send it to your email.

    • Luckily I sent it to you so hope you enjoy

      • You did indeed, Natalie! Much appreciated 🙂 Proof (if proof were needed!) that you practice what you preach – a true engager and star of social media! (I replied to your mail by the way!)

  • Kristen

    I think the biggest one of these things I’m going to utilize is outsourcing. I tend to try and learn everything on my own, thereby wasting SO much time on something that I could barely even say I’m a novice at (ie WordPress. Yuck). Definitely going to use this to get my business up and running. Also LOVE LOVE LOVE the productivity checklist. Although there are days I have trouble sticking to it [I feel so weird being away from social media for so long] I can definitely attest to it’s awesomeness since it was by following this list that I actually came up with the idea for my business! Booyah. Love it, Natalie, and looking forward to reading more of your stuff. Pure gold!

    • Daniel Fortes

      Kristen I can so relate, especially the wordpress part. I spent months listening to everyone saying it was soo easy… it’s easy to those who already know how and what they’re doing 🙂

    • Thanks so much Kristen – so love having you here and really glad that productivity checklist has come in handy.

  • Excellent reminders. Especially to get up and move around. Even if you have an ergonomic chair “your still human” as my chiropractor says 🙂

  • I am a mac user! May I please have a mac version of the productivity checklist?

    • I am too, but there is no problem. Just click the link provided below the countdown, if nothing happens after the countdown and then you will be lead to the document with the checklist.

      • Thanks Martin – glad to hear you had no problem. Thanks for downloading it

    • Hi Salina. It’s a PDF – I’m pretty sure Macs can open PDFs given that I have a MAC. What format were you wanting it in?

  • Kate Nankivell

    Hi Natalie, I have tried to download the checklist but keep getting the PDF coverter and no checklist. Any tips on how to solve this? Thanks. Kate

  • Kate Nankivell

    Hi Natalie, I have tried to download the checklist but keep getting the PDF coverter and no checklist. Any tips on how to solve this? Thanks. Kate

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