“Success is the ability to live your life the way you want to live it, doing what you most enjoy, surrounded by people who you admire and respect” – Brian Tracy

There’s a lot more that can be done with our time and habits to direct our attention to personal success without really disturbing much!

Here are 10 easy to do hacks for you,

1) Listen to audio books while driving

In metro and urban cities, we usually spend long hours in traffic driving from between our office and home. An average of 2 hours a day is spent in this activity. Thanks to new startups who have got the new tech books called audio books, it is easy to listen to books rather than using our eyeballs. Get audio books of the books you always wanted to read on your phone or USB drive. Play it in the car. You will be able to listen to at least 2 books a week.

2) Control Emails

Emails are the biggest threat to productivity. With the smartphones, it is the emails that control our attention rather than we, controlling our emails and attention. Make sure that you change the smartphone email settings to ‘manual sync’ and check only at fixed hours in a day, twice or may be thrice a day! This will significantly reduce the notifications and disturbances on our smartphone.

3) Create chunks of time

“Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all of your energies on a limited set of targets” – Nido Quebein

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter shared his productivity secret, “The way I found that works for me is I theme my days”. Creating chunks of time to do a task gathers your focus and concentration which results in better performance. So, for example, you can create a chunk from 11 am – 12 noon for working on document, every Friday evening for review of your team, 10 am – 1030 am for making calls, and so on.

4) The Magical Question

Whenever you have a lot to do during the day, ask yourself this question, if you are allowed to do only one thing today before you are called out of town, what would be it? Once you pick it, complete that thing and then ask the same question again. It works magic!

5) Inbox & Review

One of the best ways to manage clutter is decide a place to inbox all the incoming clutter but make sure you review the inbox at a decided time of week or a specific time of day! This helps you let you do what you were doing when any incoming request came that required your attention (which is not urgent).

6) 2 min rule

This rule comes from David Allen’s bestselling book, Getting Things Done. It states that if any work requires action, think if it can be done in 2 minutes. If it can be completed in 2 mins, do it now! It’s surprising how many things we put off that we could get done in two minutes or less. You will start completing small activities and not schedule them for future and hence create a much stress free space for yourself!

7) Single handling

Multi-tasking in only good for software. For humans, single handling increases productivity. It is one of the most powerful time management techniques researched and will increase your output by around 500%. Launch a task, work on it until it is complete!

8) Make use of air & train travel

There is a lot of requirement for us to travel short and long distances for work and business. Our time during this flight usually goes without any much productive use. When you are about to travel, think a day before of what you need to do during that time. Download a book, movie, magazine or any other stuff offline to make use of that time.

9) Facetime

Remember that the amount of facetime you give to any of your relation, has a direct relation to the strength and depth of the relationship. Make sure when you talk to them, keep your phones away, look at them, smile and talk.

10) Stay positive

Be sure to remain positive. Use your social media for this. Follow facebook pages which inspire you, blogs that make you feel empowered and twitter handles that give you motivation. It is a nice way to put social media to good use.

Remember – time is currency, so spend it wisely! Cheers.

If you have more such tips and hacks, please share in the comments below! I’d love to hear them.

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