29 Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity

Learning 29 ways to super shared your productivity and focus will significantly impact the quality of your output and the level of success you will be able to achieve in your work, study, and personal pursuits.

After doing my own research, I wanted to share this list of 29 strategies and tips that can Supercharge your productivity. I will refer to other posts where I go more in-depth about each of them. As well as provide you with links to science articles on that topic.

That way you are able to justify for yourself if you want to try these strategies or not.

Strategies to Supercharge Your Productive Focus

I have identified 6 categories for you that can boost your productivity. You can either dive straight into your section of interest or read them all for inspiration.

The 6 strategies to Improve productivity and Mental focus are:

  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Healthy lifestyle choices
  • Breaks and Rest
  • Minimize Distractions
  • Goal Setting & Time Management
  • Game-changing exercises

While these strategies can help, it’s important to remember each of them will work for different people. Don’t be discouraged if progress seems slow; improving concentration and mental focus is gradual, and every small improvement counts.

I want to highlight as well that any decision you take after reading this post, is your own. Self-Made Focus.com cannot be held responsible for any outcome. If you are in doubt, always contact your local physician first. Now, enjoy this list I have composed with care for you.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Regular mindfulness and meditation practices can improve productivity and focus, by training the mind to stay present and alert. This will impact your overall mindset. They can also help manage anxiety and reduce stress, which can interfere with cognitive functioning. It also helps you create a mental space between your thought and your action. Try to adopt at least one into your daily habits routine.

Below are 5 examples that I cover in my detailed post called Real Life Mindfulness and Meditation Benefits (Science-backed)

  1. Practice Deep Breathing
  2. Practice Active Listening
  3. Practice Gratitude
  4. Practice Mindfulness Meditation
  5. Practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation

I hear you thinking, this is for hippies or alternative people. But give me a chance to explain. I think I am the living proof of a skeptic turned into a believer. A few years ago I took medical tests to test my concentration abilities. I was personally convinced I have ADHD.

The test results showed clear signs of me having the symptom. But at that time, a prerequisite for diagnoses was a proven record of early childhood symptoms. As my mother was somewhat of an ostrich, she never wanted to investigate my learning difficulty.

In conclusion, no ADHD diagnosis for me. Good or bad, hard to say. I have managed my life pretty well so far. But I did struggle with longer periods of focus. About 4 years ago, when I gave meditation a try after falling in love with The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. Even more recently I have added Mindfullness into my toolkit.

To be honest, let me tell you, it is not easy! It sounds simple enough, sit comfortably and do nothing for 5 minutes. I don’t know if it is my personal concentration issue or if you might encounter it as well. But these initial Five minutes felt like an eternity.

But as with most things that are difficult at the start, they pay off big time further down the line. If I triggered your interest, here is the link to my detailed post called Real Life Mindfulness and Meditation Benefits (Science-backed)again. I also give you some easy ways to start with.

Healthy Lifestyle choices

Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep are essential for optimal brain function. Exercise stimulates blood flow to the brain, while a healthy diet provides necessary nutrients, and sleep allows for cognitive restoration and memory consolidation. Obviously, the opposite is also true.

Below is a list of 6 examples that I cover in more detail in my post called Science-backed Lifestyle Choices that can improve your focus.

  1. Get sufficient Sleep
  2. Stay Hydrated
  3. Optimize lighting
  4. Engage in regular Physical activity
  5. Maintain a Healthy diet
  6. Seek professional help if needed.

My personal struggle here is not to start doing what is right for my body but to maintain persistence in it.

Obviously, I know I should eat healthy, sleep enough and exercise regularly. But not having that instant feedback of success, based on what I am doing for it, results in me stopping before any results can become tangible.

An area where I am making great progress is my sleeping habits. After ready the book Why we sleep I was shocked by all that is connected to sleep. After a phase of obsession to find the perfect sleep tracker, I have now found a setup that works for me. Email me if you would like me to write a blog post about it.

If working on your overall lifestyle is your thing, and having the benefits of increasing your concentration and focus is the extra motivation you need to get serious. I would like to point you to my article LINK: Science-backed Lifestyle Choices that can improve your focus.

Breaks and Rest

Remember that mental focus is not an infinite resource, it is more like a battery that you need to recharge at times. Taking regular breaks during long tasks to avoid cognitive fatigue is a must. Take short breaks to clear your mind, so you can keep getting things done. 

It is not uncommon for most of us to just keep going. But we need to take breaks.

We talk about work as if it is something we can do nonstop from 9 am to 5 pm. I even hear colleagues and friends brag about the fact they did not even have the time to eat lunch. People that say that I start doubting their quality of work. Because you cannot do focused work for 8 hours straight.

Below is a list of strategies you can try to incorporate more rest into our work, schedule moments of deep work, and hyperfocus.

For more background and a link to science articles supporting the strategies I point you to my more detailed post on breaks and rest: Work Will Never End. Your Life Will. Relax While You Still Can. (Science-backed)

  1. The Pomodoro Technique
  2. Avoid Procrastination
  3. Make more time for doing nothing
  4. Buy a Hammock if you can

Minimize Distractions

Create an ideal workspace without distractions. With fewer distractions, you increase the chances of you entering a ” flow” state. In this state, you can go a long way and achieve your goals. This state is the “optimal experience” you strive for when aiming for hyperfocus and ensuring a productive work session.

So basically, we lose track of time and get the most high-quality work done.

The book with that exact titled “Flow” written by Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi described this as the optimal state of consciousness in which people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and total involvement with life. That sounds wonderful, right?

Besides reading that book, you can also learn more details on this topic in my blog post called Minimizing distractions. In that blog post, you will find details on these 5 strategies. Supported by science articles.

  1. Create a distraction-free environment
  2. Use Noise-Cancelling Headphones
  3. Reduce digital clutter
  4. Listen to Instrumental music
  5. Limit social media use.

Goal Setting and Time Management

Clear objectives and time management can improve productivity and focus with the goal to win back some valuable time. Break large tasks into smaller chunks. Allocate time slots to repetitive tasks, and prioritize them accordingly to maintain a steady focus.  

In my detailed blog post, Goal Setting and Time Management, I will touch on what each of these strategies entitles, their examples, and a link to a science article. These are the 5 strategies:

  1. Use Time-blocking Method
  2. Minimize Multitasking
  3. Set Clear Goals
  4. Prioritize Tasks
  5. Practice Visualisation

This is my favorite category. Why? Because it is so deliciously practical. If you have read more of my blogs you might have noticed I am someone obsessed with real-life productivity and that trait plays in handy when it comes to time blocking, task management, and clear goal setting.

In fact, I have built such a great tool kit around this topic for myself that I know what to do and how to do it in order to work on my goals. I will for sure tell you all about it in later posts.

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In the meantime, I cannot advise these two books enough. They are both easy reads. It could set you in motion right away. I am referring to Dave Crenshaw’s book called The Myth of Multitasking.

And the other is a book that holds a surprisingly simple truth about how to get extraordinary results. It is by the authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan and it is called The one Thing.

Game-changing Exercises to master

Here is a topic that I honestly had the most fun with. At least looking back it was fun, at the moment it was quite frustrating. There are quite a lot of games that are solely designed to improve your cognitive abilities, to train your brain.

There are for sure many more of these types of exercises but I will go more in-depth in my blog post called Cognitive Traning Exercises on the following:

  1. Use Aromatherapy
  2. Learn how to juggle three balls in the air
  3. Learn to solve a Rubix Cube in 2 minutes
  4. Engage in regular brain Exercises

I strongly advise you to pick at least one and regularly engage in practice until you master it.

I have learned number 3 during our Covid lockdowns. I always felt drawn to this magical cube ever since I was a child. So during the lockdown, I thought it would be a nice activity I would do with my then 10-year-old daughter.

Not only was it fun to do with her, the look on her face when she master it was priceless! It is not scientific proof but that year, my daughter got an IQ test for school and she scored a 137 on 3D spacial awareness. I like to believe the Rubix cube came helped her tap into that already present mental ability.

Closing words

Hopefully, I did not overwhelm you with this list. In fact, I hope you have found a few strategies that you can embrace. I sincerely took the time to list all these with the purpose to help you increase your productivity and focus levels. 

While these strategies can help, it’s important to remember that everyone is unique, and different strategies will work for different people. It may take some experimentation to find the best methods for you. Dedicate some time to this process.  Don’t be discouraged if progress seems slow; improving concentration and mental focus is gradual, and every small improvement counts.

Thank you for reading, good luck with your concentration and focus improvements and see you in the next one. An overview of my other posts is here. 

For now, stay focused, I wish you all the happy moments you can enjoy in your life.

-Remko-

Remko

Owner and creator of this space. My mission: Provide you with insights and tools you need to create more happy moments in your life and in that of your loved ones. By using Mental Minimalism for more clarity.

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