After reading the title of this article you might be saying to yourself, ‘Marcus why would YOU write an article on productivity, you’re the training and nutrition guy?!’
Time continues to be one of the biggest roadblocks for why people can’t exercise and eat better, this info is going to help you be more productive throughout your day and therefore it can make your health journey a smoother more attainable ride!
Check email 2-3x daily:
Do you do your laundry 1 piece at a time? Probably not…check and reply to your email in batches, you’ll save tons of time and rarely is something so important that you need to get back to them within minutes!
Unlink Your Phone Email:
Unsync your phone from fetching new emails as soon as they come into your inbox, instead only have your email load when you manually open your mail app!
Don’t answer ‘unknown’ or unrecognized #’s:
Let it go to voicemail, if it’s important the person will leave a message and if not then it wasn’t worth your time to pick up the call anyhow!
Important/Priority tasks first:
Get your most important tasks done first thing in the morning, these tasks can often be the ones you want to do the least so get it out of the way and ya won’t have to think about it!
Also it feels really good to get that tough task done, it sucks to have the one thing you really don’t want to do hanging over your head so bang it out right away!
Task switching cost:
When you’re doing an important task (top priority) or any task for that matter focus all your attention on it through completion. Put your phone on silent, close your email and focus…there is a huge time cost switching from ‘thing to thing’ so get it done uninterrupted and then check your phone/move on to whatever is next!
Have something on hand:
Do you commute daily? Do you wait in lines often or just have a lot of down time at work? Always have a book, podcast etc. on hand so you can make the most of your time. Use these little gaps in your day to reply to emails, texts and phone calls instead of doing them at times when you can get other priority tasks done or can be relaxing!
I’ve been doing a lot of strength work in the gym, which often requires longer rest times in between sets. I make the most of that time by listening to a podcast during my workout in between bouts…I’ve gotta be there anyhow so I might as well learn while I’m at it!
Put time aside to learn about your passion EVERY DAY.
I put aside at least 10 hours per week just to learn! The nutrition and training industry is evolving/growing at an extremely rapid rate so this time not only improves my results and service with clients but also helps me keep up with the latest research!
If you liked this article here are a few resources you may be interested in:
-4 Hour Work Week: Tim Ferriss
-The Tim Ferriss Podcast
-The Power of Less: Leo Babauta