What’s up guys!
Today I’d like to share with you a few tips I’ve found to help me become more productive when hitting the gym, creating new blog posts, working my day job, and anything else in my life that requires intense focus and hard work.
#1 ) Play some classic video game music
I know this sounds a bit silly but this trick really works!
The guys at work find it funny that at any point of the day they can probably find me listening to old video game music while I work. For me it’s sometimes the only thing that can keep me focused on the task at hand especially if I’m not motivated to do it!
Think about it though… Video game music is designed to suck you in and drown out everything else going on around you. It’s usually a simple and repetitive tune with no actual singing to distract you from your game.
When my brother was studying and working on college projects he’d listen to the final fantasy battle theme on repeat for hours on end. Today Simon Belmont’s theme is my writing theme. I also like to work to metal remixes of the classic songs (cue the gametal).
If this all sounds too ridiculous for you, classical music, instrumental metal, and maybe even a rap beat will help you get more done as well.
#2) Suck down some coffee
Coffee is pretty magical when it comes to increasing productivity.
Most of the time I drink it black as soon as I roll out of bed so that I get my day started the right way. Other times I’ll mix in a spoonful of organic coconut oil and grass fed butter to make my coffee bullet proof 💪🏻
I don’t know the exact science behind it, but the added healthy fats supposedly support brain function. Whether that’s true or not I’m not 100% sure, but it doesn’t taste bad so I give it a go. I suppose you could even add some protein powder to the mix too if you wanted to get fancy with it.
Oh and to the intermittent fasters out there!
Contrary to what some say, if you’re drinking anything other than black coffee in the morning it does count as breaking your fast! So keep that in mind if you’re adding in anything extra.
My coffee recommendation: We’ve been drinking Folger’s Natural Caramel coffee as of late and it’s delicious!
Pro tip: For best results cycle your coffee! Your body gets used to it over time so giving yourself a break every few weeks will keep you sensitive to it prolonging it’s effectiveness.
#3) Stick to one task at a time
You may feel like it’s more productive to work on many things at once, but all multi tasking really does is saps your energy and focus leading to feeling burnt out.
This is especially true in guys, where studies have shown that women are wayyy more efficient at multi tasking than men are (source). So at least for the guys out there pick one thing at a time, turn your phone on silent, grab a cup of coffee, and crush it!!
And for the ladies out there even if you’re the best multi tasker around I’m sure that setting aside some distraction free time to get some work done will make your time even more productive!
#4) Get started first thing in the morning
For the majority of us, the first few hours upon waking will be the most productive, so put it to work and get as much as you can done right away (maybe after a cup of coffee of course)!
I’ve found that I’m most creative in the morning so as soon as I roll out of bed tends to be the best time to do some writing. Plus those are the hours of least distractions because everyone else asleep. If you make it a habit to do all of this before checking your emails and text messages than you’ll be even further ahead of the game.
Pro tip: Make your morning even easier by getting started the night before. Get your food prepped, coffee on a timer, and write a to do list so you have less to worry about in the morning. With a to do list you’ll be much more likely to get things done.
#5) Drink plenty of water
Keeping yourself hydrated does more than just keep your body healthy and vascular. Keeping yourself hydrated will also help with brain function thus increasing productivity.
Dehydration on the other hand leads to brain fog, which is about as counter productive as you can get especially if you’re trying to create something new. So if you start with coffee – be sure and chug down a couple cups of water along with it as you get started on your work.
#6) Maintain a strong body
A strong body = getting more done??
Getting into shape, living an active life style, and eating a healthy diet will all directly effect how productive you can be!
The healthier you are physically the better you will feel, and when you’re feeling good and confident you’ll be able to get much more done. On top of this you’ll be looking your very best and that comes with new levels of confidence amongst the many other health benefits. This is why many employers are catching on to standing and treadmill desks, in office gyms, health and wellness programs, and fitness trackers.
Think about it on the opposite end of the spectrum.. if you’re feeling weak and sick all of the time the tasks at hand which are a means to add to your life will feel more and more like another burden. It’s hard to get motivated to even take a walk or cook a meal, let alone buckle down and get any real work done.
If this is you than there’s no better time than right now to commit to a lifestyle change!!
Everyone has to start somewhere so today is your day to make that leap!
Get up early, eat right, train hard, and get some stuff done! God bless!!
p.s. My wife Rhianna (BodyByRhi on Instagram) is doing online fitness and diet coaching! If you are interested in coming on as a client spots are filling up fast so get on board today! (Click link for more info)