7 Brain Hacks to Boost Productivity
Do you wish you were more productive? You know if you’re more productive you can most likely make more money, same more time and have more freedom.
So why are you not more productive?
A lack of focus, a lack of stamina, a lack of intention and so many distractions can be major obstacles to your productivity, but with a few key strategies, you can become much more productive in a short amount of time.
With these strategies, you can hack your brain and increase your productivity:
1. Set your intention
Most people aren’t able to focus because they’re not clear on what to focus on and for how long. Give yourself a productivity boost by choosing a specific task to do for a specific amount of time.
For example, let’s say you set your intention to work on your social media for an hour. Set your timer and do your best for the entire 60 minutes.
If you give your brain clear instructions, it will do its best to do what you ask.
Meditation helps to calm your mind and build focus. Meditation is popular right now, so there is lots of free information on how to effectively meditate. Meditation is simple and effective, so educate yourself and get started.
3. Take breaks
Experiment with your break frequency and duration while working. The option that works best for most people is either working 25 minutes and a five-minute break or working 50 minutes with a 10-minute break. See what works best for you and then stick to it. You can use a timer to schedule your break times.
4. Avoid temptation
Most of us get distracted way too easily, and we give into temptation. Distraction is a difficult habit to overcome. It feels good to go from bored or stressed to amused when we check an email or read a text.
Productive people can resist the urge to break their attention from their work.
It’s important that you avoid these temptations during your breaks, too. It’s also hard to get back on task after falling into the rabbit hole of email or social media, and your break magically extends from five minutes to 25 or more. Learn how to say “no” to your urges.
5. Alternate high and low-focus tasks
You’ll find greater productivity when you alternate between cognitively intense activities and tasks that require less intellectual effort. This alternating of tasks is similar to interval training in the gym and just as powerful.
Lower-focus activities can include returning emails and calls or other routine tasks. The lower-focus activities give your brain a chance to rest and recover. After, you’re ready for another round of more high-focus activity.
6. Stay Hydrated
Most people don’t realize that they are partially dehydrated most of the time. This can impair your ability to concentrate and make good decisions. The solution is actually quite simple; you’ve got to drink plenty of water. That doesn’t mean you have to chug 40 ounces of water each hour. But, a large glass of water every couple of hours would make a difference in your productivity and focus.
7. Keep a positive mindset
If you want to be more productive, then develop a positive outlook on life. Studies have shown that your mindset affects your productivity. When you adopt a positive mindset, you will accomplish more each day.
If you’re like me, productivity is important to you. You know time is a valuable, and you have to do what you can to maximize it. YOU can be more productive, but it’s something you have to work at. It’s not magic. If you make it a priority, you will see results pretty quickly. doesn’t
Give these brain hacks a try and see your productivity skyrocket.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: TORIE MATHIS
Torie Mathis helps entrepreneurs get from where they are to where they want to be by working smart. She is a best-selling author, Army veteran, speaker + trainer, and your mentor to creating the business+ life you love. She has cracked the code for creating a lucrative, independent business + an amazing lifestyle. She can help you with your marketing and business growth, your clarity and purpose and help you reach your vision of success. 🙂
Torie hosts SMART AF, a show for non-techy, non-marketers looking to grow their business, with her husband Sean and is the creator of SMART AF Magazine.