“How to Increase Productivity and Stop Procrastinating?”

“How to Get Rid of my Brain Fog?”

“How to Manage My Time Better?”

“How to Focus and Get Things Done?”

If you’ve asked any of those questions above, you are not alone.

And this guide may help.

Millions of people around the world are struggling with the same problems during these crazy times.

2020 is the year of a global pandemic the likes of which the world has never seen before.

But it is what it is, and we’re all stuck indoors.  And being indoors brings with it unique challenges when you’re trying to be productive.

Especially if you have a family and pets.  And with all the doom and gloom in the news, how exactly are you supposed to focus and get things done?

Now, before you go microdosing with….stuff, maybe take a look at some scientific research.

We’ve compiled some of the best tips and tricks using psychological insights from successful non-procrastinators around the world on how to increase productivity.

Being productive may not always mean working more hours.  Sometimes less is more.

Let’s delve deeper.

1. Get Plenty of Sleep

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This is a big one, especially for mental acuity.  If you think you can wing it on 4-5 hours of sleep every night, think again.

For example, this scientific study on sleep deprivation has shown huge impacts on cognitive performance caused by lack of sleep.

Yes, by depriving yourself of sleep, there are more work hours available.  But would that be meaningful work?

Furthermore, sleep deprivation impairs attention and working memory, along with long-term memory and decision making.

So, chances are, you may look busy, but you are not getting a lot done.  What’s also known as busywork.

And if your job requires a lot of focus and concentration, you’d be better off getting a solid night’s sleep.

Not only will you get more done in less time the next day, your mood will be better.

You will be more productive with better sleep quality.  And since sleep is such an easy, enjoyable activity, it’s a win-win, right?

Here are 8 Secrets to a Good Night’s Sleep – By Harvard Medical School

2. Avoid Meetings

Yeah, I know, blasphemy! (for some).

But research on financial impact of meetings has shown poorly organized meetings are one of the most unproductive things you can do.

“Pointless meetings may have cost U.S. companies close to $399 billion in 2019.”

Especially if they are long meetings.  If you absolutely have to have meetings, keep them short and to the point.

For example, in one of my previous jobs, I spent close to 6 hours per week x 4 = 24 hours per month x 12 = 288 hours per year in meetings!

And you know the best part?  My portion of the meeting was only 10 minutes towards the end!

Yet I had to spend the first 50 minutes listening to others drone on about what they can or cannot or don’t want to