May 5th, 2009 | 68 Comments

Killing Time? Stay Productive!

Time is something that constantly drifts away. Most people just need to be on the go and they cannot afford a drop in their productivity level.

Here are some tips to utilize your time and put your best into everything you. Basically, it is like adding hours to your day.

Maintain a things to do list – You can plan your day the previous night, so when you wake up you know exactly what you have to do.

Wake up early – Sometimes, if you are all alone early in the morning you just feel like taking off.

Never multitask – Research has proved that multitasking is not at all productive. For best productivity results, focus on one thing at a time.

Calculate your personal efficiency ratio – Efficiency Ratio = (Time Doing “Real Hard Work”) / (Time Spent Totally). This will show you really how much you are working. So you may buck up if this number is low.

Use a nice bright desktop wallpaper – This is the first thing you may see before starting your work, it will give you a boost.

Learn to say “No” – We can’t do everything and therefore we must learn when to say a ”no” in order to save not drain ourselves.

Create a sense of urgency – Life is short. Once you are finished with your task, start something else. Always make sure to cultivate the desire to make things happen.

Avoid being idle for long – Eliminate the negativity and the idleness in your routine. Idleness definitely hinders progress and personal growth.

Get rid of time consumers – This includes Instant Messenger, video games, YouTube, Flickr, checking your stats a billion times a day, television, and unnecessary Internet surfing.

Maintain your focus and take action – It is better to spend your energy getting things done instead of complaining and making a fuss. Take action! Actions produce results and also .  The more you think of how you can yield better results, the more remarkable answers will come to your mind.

Use JDarkRoom – This application allows you to write more efficiently by removing all possible computer related distractions. You’re given an entirely blank page on which to type. This way, you’re not distracted by e-mail’s, or IM’s. When you’re done, you can save your work as a text file.

Just do it – Sometimes, starting is the hardest part and it always the most important. Once you get going, you will quickly get into the groove and  that momentum could last for hours.

Organize your workspace – The piles of unwanted paper around your desk can be a huge barrier on your productivity. It may just spoil your mood. Optimize your time by organizing your setting things up and dumping the junk.

Make sure you get some good sleep – Sometimes your body just cannot perform without the good much-needed sleep. Do not stress yourself too much.

Leave your workspace for a while – Go out for a short walk, have some coffee or just do some small exercise. This can do wonders, but remember do not prolong this as it can break your momentum.


I would like to thank Gaya Kesseler for helping me out with the title.

Liked reading this post? Have any other tips? What works best for you? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts below.

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68 Responses to “Killing Time? Stay Productive!”

  1. I think the very first point you mentioned is a massive one – using and keeping to-do lists. I use them daily and find im so much more productive than when I dont use them.
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  2. videostar says:

    I absolutely share the opinion of organizing the workspace,all the obstacles on the table and in the room must be cleared up.
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  3. This is a very nice list. I have recently starting making to-do lists and they really help me stay focused on my goals.
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  4. Jdarkroom sounds like a program I need to check out. I am kinda A.D.D and that would help eliminate distractions. The other problem that I have is multitasking. I doubt I will ever be able to stop that.

  5. cheers says:

    Nice list of to-do-lists, having a walk around definitely refreshes you.

    Thanks for sharing

  6. Thanks Jean.

    I also find that waking up early helps a lot so I am not rushing though my day.

  7. used tires says:

    @sell used textbooks, you’re welcome man, I agree with that too, if you can get up early it does help :)

    -Jean

  8. Great tips I couldn’t have thought of better advise.

  9. Bisserka Boneva-Kato says:

    Give yourself a reward after a finished task/job !!

  10. Michael says:

    Yes ! It’s important to Stay Productive! Great Post..Love it..

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