Breathe, unplug, daydream… to be more productive

You can be more productive than you are. Here are two different ends of the spectrum: some holistic solutions and a few more practical. Which one appeals to you more?

This Inc article offers 5 Tips for Increased Productivity through Mindfulness. They are:

  1. Take five to breathe
  2. Download a meditation app.
  3. Uni-task
  4. Let your mind wander
  5. Unplug occasionally

If you prefer your tips more concrete, then try these ones from Farnam Street:

  1. Prioritize: Use “fixed schedule productivity.” You won’t get everything done. You will get the right things done.
  2. Context: Distractions make you stupid. Find a place to hide or work from home in the morning.
  3. Habits: Use the “20 second rule” to make bad habits hard to engage in. Follow a plan.
  4. Stakes: For dull tasks, reward yourself. For complex tasks, ask why they are important to find purpose
  5. Mood: Manage your mood, especially in the morning. Oh, and puppies, puppies, puppies.