5 Big Productivity Hacks


I want to share with you five tips that can dramatically increase your productivity. These tips can literally double your productivity, if done consistently.

We live our lives in a rush, always feeling out of control, missing things by minutes. I think we need to understand how to increase our productivity so we can do things more easily and effortlessly. This will mean we will have more room in our lives to do the things that actually matter. Right?

Here are my 5 Big Productivity Hacks:

1. Appointment with Self — Most of my clients, when we initially start working together, have so many appointments with everyone else. They’ve got meetings all over their calendars but they don’t have an appointment with themselves. Make an appointment with yourself around key critical things you want to get done. This is called an appointment with self.

2. Set a Timer — Don’t just work from 9-5. Set a timer on your phone for 30 minutes or 50 minutes or an hour, and work to the timer rather than just work to your day. This tricks your brain into thinking it’s in a hurry, so it prevents procrastination.

3. Voice Recognition Software — This tip has changed my life. If you’re on Mac, you can use Siri. If you’re on a PC, use something like a ‘dragon’ naturally speaking. This alone can save you 60-90 mins a day (especially if you’re only an average to good typist).

4. Five Musts — You need to have five things that you want to achieve each day. I would write these down before you start your day (which we all know is code for ‘before you open your emails’).

5. Weekly Planning Time — On a Monday, have some weekly planning time for yourself to map out your week. You only need about half an hour, but it will make a dramatic impact on how productive you are.

These are the five tips that will dramatically increase your productivity. They have for me and for many of my clients.

What is your most useful productivity hack? What’s the thing that works for you? I’d love you to share it in the comments below.

I’ll speak to you soon.


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  • Will Ross
    Posted at 13:17h, 27 May Reply

    I follow a process to batch email:
    1. move the inbox to a “PROCESS TODAY” folder. This gives me a list I can complete, rather than a never ending flow. It is organized by conversation, so I only need to look at each conversation once.
    2. Quickly run down the list, copying anything that requires action to my task list
    3. Copy “ALL” to my current reference folder
    4. Go back to my task list, adding “mail” at the bottom, for the next batch.

  • Amy Gray
    Posted at 04:37h, 18 July Reply

    This is from my perspective as a Mum:

    I am a list-orientated person but since having a baby, I’ve realised that I just can’t get AS much ticked off of my list- so now I highlight the 3 most important tasks and aim to complete them within my day, it’s an acknowledgement that seasons change and you have to adapt.

    Aside from my all important list of thins to do, I’ve started to invest into products that create time- by saving time:

    – An iRobot vacuum can clean the floors at the SAME time as I work on another task
    – A “spray as you go” floor mop- rather than dipping a mop into a bucket, stringing out the water etc etc- it’s a much faster process
    – A Nurtibullet: a super, super fast blender that cuts my vegies within seconds rather than having to spend my time cutting them up

  • Amy Gray
    Posted at 04:43h, 18 July Reply


    I have been able to increase my productivity by investing my time into creating a 5 week meal plan with corresponding shopping lists. I can copy and paste my shopping list into Coles online. This has cut a 3 hour grocery shop instore to a 30min online process. It also makes my “what should I eat” an autonomous process, I dont have to waste time thinking about “what should I buy this week, what should I cook…..”

    Lastly, as a mum- another way to increase productivity, is to allow the time when baby is awake as “be fully present” time- engage and play together and when he is asleep, work fast at getting tasks done. This way I feel content knowing that each day I had quality time with my child and I was also able to fully-concentrate on the task at hand without being continually interupted.

    • Colin Boyd
      Posted at 05:29h, 18 July Reply

      Hey Amy! Thanks for sharing. What a great tip. Sounds like a game changer. I’m working on a new ‘Online Productivity Program’ and I’d love to include this tip in my HOME FLOW module! you rock!

      • Amy Gray
        Posted at 00:00h, 19 July Reply

        Sounds great Col! I truly love reading your posts!

  • Sharon Thomson
    Posted at 00:20h, 15 December Reply

    Great tips. One should always create a to-do list first thing in the morning. You can use ProofHub for the same. Also there’s nothing more motivating for the rest of your day than crossing that most important task off your list first thing in the morning.

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