Nitin is a certified life coach, executive coach, writer, husband, and father. His passion is to help people become their best version.
Today we're going to learn about ten productivity hacks for lazy people.
Most of us struggle with accomplishing our daily tasks without mental or physical stress.
This article addresses that issue. The goal is to help you learn how to get more accomplished without the stress.
|Summary of the productivity hacks|
1. Daily Innovation
2. No need to reinvent the wheel
3. Have power naps
4. Have phone free mornings
5. Sing in the shower
6. Use templates
7. Premade lists
8. Tiny crises
9. DND days
10. Ergonomic flexibility
1. Daily innovation
How often do you let your mind wander?
Maybe you daydream or get distracted by some random question.
On the surface, it seems like not being very productive right? It seems like you're not accomplishing anything important, but is this mental deviation?
A waste of time? No, not by a long shot.
When you let your mind wander you open the door for innovation.
You give yourself the unique opportunity to stray from your normal habits and routines.
When your mind is preoccupied with dreams and miscellaneous questions, you take a more creative approach to life.
You play with fresh ideas, you travel new paths and you can even discover hidden potential.
2. You don't have to reinvent the wheel
But your ultimate goal here isn't to reinvent the wheel.
You want to boost your productivity right?
Well, the good news is daily Innovation does exactly that.
Start by blocking out some time to innovate.
You might set aside an hour each day to let your brain play with original concepts.
You can think about your job, your goals, or some crazy idea that you've been fooling around with.
Doesn't really matter what you're mulling over, because this time is supposed to be experimental and unstructured.
Innovation should feel like a break from work.
You can and should use it to rejuvenate your mind when you're feeling lazy.
So, unlike watching TV or checking social media innovation, it doesn't slow, you down.
It gives your brain an outlet for all that pent-up creative energy without hurting your momentum.
You know that's exactly why Google encourages its employees to use a whopping 20 % of their day for innovation.
It turns out their employees were more productive when they space to explore their own ideas.
Not to mention the dozens of revolutionary inventions that came directly from these blocks of creativity.
So find some time during your workday to let your mind wander. Be original, dare to experiment, and most of all, try to have fun.
3. Power Naps
If you treasure every second of sleep, then this productivity hack is going, be music to your ears.
Taking a nap can actually speed up performance as long as you don't sleep too much or too little.
Researchers have broken down how much sleep you need to get the most out of your midday slumber to feel more alert.
You should go for a shorter nap somewhere between 10 and 25 minutes.
When you sleep for such a brief period of time, your body can't enter a state of deep sleep.
That's why you feel energetic right after you wake up. But after 30 minutes is when the grogginess starts.
You've entered deep sleep, but you can't actually finish a REM cycle.
So when you wake up, you feel worse than you did before.
If you have a longer nap of 90 minutes, it lets you complete one full REM cycle.
Not only does this rejuvenate your brain, but it also amplifies creativity and memory.
So, by paying attention to how you sleep napping can be one of the most productive ways to spend your time.
4. Phone Free Mornings
What's the first thing you do, after you wake up?
Most of us instinctively reach over and grab our phones.
We respond to messages, check our email, and take a quick peek at social media.
It doesn't, usually take more than 20 minutes, but those 20 minutes change how the rest of your day plays out.
So, to be more productive, keep your phone out of your morning routine, especially right after you wake up.
Those first few minutes when you're opening your eyes and climbing out of bed, are more important than you realize.
You need that time to focus on your ultimate goals for the day, whether it's, a project at work or a personal dream.
It should be the very first thing on your mind. Not whatever random messages or emails that you received the night before.
This Is an especially helpful trick if you're already waking up early.
If, for example, you get up at 5:00 or 6:00 in the morning, you won't receive many calls anyway.
So it's much easier to ignore your phone and use that time to boost your productivity.
5. Use Templates for Daily Routine Work
Are you tired of doing the same busywork over and over again? This repetitive grind can feel like a nightmare. It doesn't leave you feeling motivated or fulfilled.
You spend the whole day wishing you were doing anything else. So how do you stop wasting so much time and effort on these boring responsibilities?
What shortcuts can you use to work smart and not hard? Templates are a fantastic place to start.
If you find yourself doing the exact same tasks every single day, one template can easily shave off hours of grueling work.
It does take a little extra time to set up, but that's a small price to pay. Remember that you aren't doing this to save time. It's about improving your mindset.
Just think about how motivating it is to skip your least favorite part of a project.
You'll find yourself wielding a more positive attitude. This makes you more enthusiastic about your work.
The more enthusiastic you are, the more productive you'll be.
So by using simple shortcuts, you can save yourself from days of frustration and fatigue.
And the best part is you can use this trick all the time, no matter what you're doing.
If you ever notice patterns in your work, find creative ways to cut repetition and end boredom.
6. Sing in the Shower
Singing in the shower can actually make you a more productive person.
In 2004, researchers looked into the mental and physical effects of singing.
They found that it significantly elevates your mood, while also improving the functionality of your body.
Your immune system works much better after you sing your favorite song. When you feel better, your performance automatically goes up.
The physical and emotional boost from singing will carry you into a more productive day. So if you like to go slow and take long showers in the morning, make sure you crank up the music.
You'll, be doing your work ethic, a huge favor.
7. Premade Lists
Do you have trouble, keeping an organized to-do list?
Is it always turned into a mess of outdated responsibilities and unfulfilled goals?
Luckily, there's an easier way instead of creating your own list. Take advantage of the pre-made layouts at your disposal.
There are dozens of note-taking applications that offer fluid and functional to-do lists.
You can check off boxes or divide goals into categories. Thus create the perfect list for your unique lifestyle and career.
Then all you have to do is fill in the blanks. It may take some time to get used to, but you'll be surprised how huge of a difference these applications can make
8. Tiny Crises
What do you do when your motivation is nowhere to be found nine times out of ten?
You can fall back on raw self-discipline to get you going. But every once in a while, you might need a little push.
To force yourself to be more productive, create an emergency.
Many lazy people struggle the most when there are, no rules to keep them in line.
If you have too much freedom, you slack off and procrastinate.
By creating a crisis. you're supplying two extremely powerful motivators - time and pressure.
Many of us work harder and faster to make sure we finish on time. You're at your most productive when there are, only five minutes before the deadline.
Why? Well, because you can't stall any longer - that's the beauty of a work-related crisis. There's, zero wiggle room, it's now or never.
like time adding pressure has a positive effect on your productivity. The idea of letting someone down will always outweigh the couple of hours that you'll spend working.
So, whenever you're feeling lazy use these powerful motivators to increase your productivity.
When those deadlines draw closer and the pressure builds, you'll find yourself at the top of your game.
9. Do not Disturb Days
Most smartphones come with a function called, do not disturb. All it does is prevent you from receiving calls or messages.
I know it doesn't sound like much, but think about how often a random text ruins your workflow.
How often a phone call makes you forget your train of thought. Flow is incredibly important throughout the day.
Just like momentum, flow helps you build motivation. So don't let a pointless message stop you in your tracks!
But what if you're waiting on a call from your boss or a message from a client?
Thankfully, you can choose whose calls to ignore and who's to let through.
This lets you cut distractions while ensuring that you never miss anything important.
10. Ergonomic Flexibility
Around 70 % of Americans spend the entire workday sitting in one place.
You've, probably heard about how bad prolonged sitting is for your health. It's associated with physical issues like obesity and heart disease.
And it's bad for your brain as well. Prolonged sitting makes you lazy and tired. It clouds your mind, which makes it even more difficult to focus on your work.
So, instead of sitting all day, do change your body position. You might sit for an hour, stand for the next, and then lie down for a third.
The key is to relieve mental and physical fatigue by diversifying your posture. It's, a very small change, but that's all you need to get a fresh burst of energy.
Find the right combination of tricks for your lifestyle
On this list, this last one is the most important.
You can use every single one of these tricks and still feel lazy as always. Why? Well, because productivity ultimately comes down to personal preference.
For example, you might think napping in the afternoon will increase your productivity. But if you go to bed early, a nap won't make you more efficient, it will ruin your normal sleep cycle.
So before you put these life hacks into practice, consider what kind of person you really are. When do you perform at your best? What time of day are you the most productive? In what kind of environment do you work best?
These questions will help you prevent laziness. They will also dramatically improve your work ethic.
If you put in place these hacks, you will find that daily chores become less stressful and more realistic.
They will add a spring in your step and a song on your lips.
You will enjoy your daily tasks rather than finding them boring.
It will result in your physical as well as mental well being.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Nitin Khaire
Nitin Khaire (author) from Mumbai on November 14, 2020:
Thank you so much Eric.
I am happy to know that the article was helpful to you.
Thanks again for your kind feedback.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 14, 2020:
Very good, thank you for sharing these useful insights. I will incorporate those I miss.