Productivity Tips to Get More Work Done In Less Time

Get more work doneBeing online, there are so many distractions out there, that slows down our work. Eespecially, if you are a busy person, you need to have a strategy to get more work done in less time. It should be a combination of smart work and hard-work. That includes delegating your work, making most out of your time, removing all distraction and many more. I have already shared some of the techniques which I use to stay productive.

There are hell lot of distractions online that will kill your precious time. Here I will share few more tips, that I started using recently, and it’s helping me to make most out of my time. After applying many of these tips, I could spend more time on other stuff, which I used to ignore earlier. I started setting priorities for work, maintain a To-do list and many other small life hacks, which is helping me to stay more productive.

Few life hacks to get more work done in less time

Don’t open Facebook/Email first thing in the morning

Whenever I look at my browsing habits, I realize I spend quite a time on Facebook, and Email is the first thing I check in the morning. Honestly, this is a bad approach from my end, and now I try to keep myself away from Facebook as much as I could. For emails, I have dedicated time to checking and replying to Emails. I also take help of another inbox to get rid of wanted Emails. Facebook is one of the most addictive sites that’s killing most bloggers productive time, agree?

How can you make use of Facebook then?

First off, try to make Facebook work for you, not against you! Don’t let Facebook suck your precious time that can be spent on creating great content.
Never open Facebook first thing in the morning, first focus on what you want to do on your blogs. Then start working on them without over thinking. This may seem to be tough in the beginning, it would be almost impossible for you if you’re a Facebook addict – but try, try this until you succeed. Certainly you’ll notice the better results on your blog. When you are using Facebook, use it for connecting with people. If you are using your Facebook profile as a Social media front, make sure you post one update a day. Don’t forget to activate Facebook subscription option.

Use Pomodoro technique

Pomodoro is a technique that can help to get more things done in less time. You’ll be more productive when you follow Pomodoro tool. Here’s the summary of Pomodoro technique

  • Set time for 25 mins
  • Focus on ONE task
  • Finish at least three Pomodoro per day
  • You can download Pomodoro timer here.

The key factor in making Pomodoro work for you is, don’t give up. It might be difficult to use in the beginning, but you’ll work faster, better and productive after using Pomodoro for several times.

Learn to write faster blog posts

Writing faster yet better blog posts always be an asset for any blogger. If you want to be a productive blogger, then you must be learning how to write faster blog posts. Because, you’ll be spending more time on creating contents on your blog to make it a success, right? So, there’s no excuse if you can’t produce great blog posts in less time. Writing faster blog posts is not a skill, but it becomes easy when you have a habit of writing daily – that’s the only secret.

Here are two more ways to write faster blog posts almost every time.

  • Use zenwriter: This is the distraction-free writing tools which can be download for free and help you write faster blog posts without getting distracted. Though I use a local WordPress installation for writing the blog post, but many top bloggers are using Zen writer, and I heard the great recommendation for this software.  It comes with a pleasant background and soothing music, creates a great environment for you to write without having any distractions or noise. Try this out, you’ll surely love zenwriter. Windows users can use Windows Live writer, or you can also use WordPress distraction-free writing mode.
  • Don’t edit while writing: This is another tip that will make you write faster blog posts every time. Most bloggers often edit their contents to make their posts perfect. I’m not suggesting you to don’t edit at all, but make sure you’re focusing on WRITING part first.

Editing and proof-reading can be done later, once you finish writing your blog posts, you can go ahead with editing part. This way you’ve two benefits, one is, you’ll be writing without any distractions of editing, other is, you’ll be spending time ONLY on editing part once you finished writing the post!

Make sure your working space is clean and uncluttered

decluttered home office space

Working place matters a lot if you’re working from home. You must keep your working desk clean and uncluttered, follow some basic ethics like not bringing snacks on your table, etc. The more simple your working space is, the more productive you become, it’s as simple as that. If you want to make most of your working space, invest some money in bringing a better table where you can sit without any troubles, make sure your ergonomics is perfect while spending your time on the computer.

Create to-do lists each day before you sleep

Todo lists work fantastic if you want to spend productive time online. Because, to do lists give you clear directions on what to do on the particular day, so your mind always keeps alarming you about your todo lists. Earlier I used to use Gmail to-do list, but now I started using Wunderlist, which works on Mac and iOS. It syncs all the data and help me manage my work in much better way.

Wunderlist to-do list

How can you create better to-do lists?

Though I use the app, one can always start with a pen and paper. Think on paper. Before creating your to-do lists, write what you want to achieve in a paper. This way there will be no disturbance for you to create and organize your to-do lists. Make sure you’re not putting so many tasks on your to-do lists. The lesser tasks on your to-do lists, the better you can achieve them all. Limit your to-do lists to 3 to 4 most important tasks. And start working on them one after the other, begin with your most important task in the hand. This way you’ll be able to do more things in less time.

These are some of the many tips that I follow, and it helps me to get more work done in lesser time. I know being online, it’s hard to stay away from multi-tasking, but if you are serious about your work, and like me believe in “Time is money“, you should start dividing your time properly. It may be little difficult for you to adjust at one go, but with practice it will be very helpful.

Another thing which I started doing recently is, I stopped working in the night-time. I get up at 7-8 in the morning, and sleep by 11. This helped me a lot to maintain a perfect balance between my personal and social life. More over, I don’t feel like an alien, when working at strange hours. Selecting your idle sleeping time is your call, but if you want to save your time and health at the same time, it’s a good idea to start brining change from today. I also recommend to start doing Yoga or meditation, as it helps you to keep your mind stringer. I talked about this earlier “How to transform your life today“.

Go ahead, try few of the above tips and let me know if it helped you to become a better person and a blogger or not. If you find this article useful, do consider sharing it on Facebook and Google plus.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 10 )

  1. says

    This is the key problem of every second blogger that in instead of becoming a good time manager he tries to become a time exploiter and in this effort fail to utilize it productively

  2. says

    well this is a good way to complete a task without getting distracted for bloggers!! most of the people forgets their task when they use to find something interesting… thanks for sharing these tips….

  3. Alok Krishali says

    sir you have explain here in a nice manner. But i want to ask you that how are the essential thing which i kept in my mind while writing a post. I have recently start my blog and don’t have enough knowledge about blogging. Please tell me the important thing that are benificial to my blog in favor of traffic..

  4. Aman Arora says

    According to me facebook makes you really unproductive, its like a trap, once you go in its very difficult to come out hehe :P also creating to-do lists have helped me to be more productive always :)

  5. Shanker Bakshi says

    A good read again, well as you said, there are so many destructions on the net out there that suck up your time and actually when you realise it, it’s already too late to wings your creation. I agree if you can avoid being on facebook and busy reading those “Jackie Chan and rajnikant” jokes can saves you lot of time. Time and post scheduling will definitely helps.

    For writing ( un -distractive and neat like a vodka) I use Windows Live writer. It gives you post your article even not visiting any your own site. ( I guess that too offensive for a blogger) but sometime one need sour medicine that cures and get back you to the normal.

    The only reason which i consider for the big success of this blog is posting regularity and that comes when you keep yourself away from all other “mind blowing” thoughts and ventures.

  6. says

    Hey Harsh,
    Great Post as usual.
    We waste times online by surfing one page to other. It happens with me a lot. I spend 5-6 hours in front of my computer. And at the end of the day I realize I did only few things.
    I going to use to do list and pomodro tool get more work done within less time.
    Thanks for this nice post. Keep it up.

  7. Varun Pandula says

    The first point “Don’t open Facebook/Email first thing in the morning” that is what i plan to do every morning but end up opening it and wasting precious time :(
    Thanx for this eye opener :)

  8. says

    Thanks for sharing these great tips with us Harsh,
    Let me share one of the way I follow to be more protective (Eespecially for blogging) –
    First I have created a Private Google Form in which I have added Tasks ,duration and if the goal is archived or not, And always try to fill it before any thing else. It was very hard in the beginning But it Helped! I was able to do blogging more productively. Plus when i see all My Tasks History in the Google Drive Spreadsheet it act as an appreciation for me :)
    Do try it out

  9. says

    When ever i open my laptop for blogging, i use to go for facebook and then youtube. Spend min. 2 hours on it. .
    Sometimes i forgot to do blogging
    this fb is so addictive