5 Productivity Hacks for Men

Ok, Men, if you are looking for full proof ways to get more done look no further.  The following 5 hacks will have you getting more done and enjoying more time with the guys or the family.

Plan the Night Before

Do you find yourself rushing out the door because you couldn’t find your keys or the report you need to complete that day is nowhere to be found?  Making a plan and pulling everything together the night before will save you a ton of time in the morning. 

Gather your keys, stock your briefcase or messenger bag pull it all together at night when you have time to search for the things you are missing.  A checklist would be helpful to help you remember everything you need.  Also, make sure you check your calendar so you bring the appropriate files with you for client meetings

Use Do Not Disturb

This is one of the least utilized features on phones and computers.  When you really need to focus put your phone or computer on do not disturb.  This will alleviate the need to lose your focus to check irrelevant notifications.

You can put your computer in Focus Assist mode on your windows computer or on a Mac it is called do not disturb.  This will disable all alerts that pop up in the bottom right of your screen.

On you phone swipe down or up to reveal setting and click do not disturb.  You can be assured your contacts marked as favorites will be able to get through. 

Check Your Email at Scheduled intervals

We all have the tendency to check email throughout the day. Be more intentional about when you check your email to get more done.  Schedule 1-2 times per day to check and respond to email.  You goal is to be proactive and not reactive.

Young man with glasses working on his notebook, with a fresh cup of coffee nice and early in the morning, getting the business out of the way nice and early in the day

Set Goals

Set goals to stay on track with your priorities.  When we don’t know what to focus on we are aimless and feel like nothing is being accomplished.  Start simple with one or two goals and work your way up to no more than 10.  If you focus on too many goals nothing will get accomplished and you will feel overwhelmed trying to figure out what to focus on next.

Use your calendar

This can be one of the biggest boosts to your productivity.  Schedule time for tasks on your calendar and stick to your appointment.  You can use broad categories for your calendar or assign specific tasks at specific times.    What would a broad category look like?  Well, you could assign project work to a specific time or admin work.  This will help to direct you towards what sort of tasks you can complete when you don’t have a direction.