Make 2017 the most productive year

With the onset of a new year comes a tradition that some people have a hard time digesting i.e. getting on the resolution wagon. With advices coming from all over, it is difficult to stay on track.

In order to make better use of time, following are the best productivity advices from some of the industry’s experts.

Dan Ariely:

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Dan Ariely is the professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke and is also the author of “Payoff”. According to him, the best way to be productive is to associate something you love with something you want to achieve. It can be as simple as associating your morning coffee ritual with a productivity related activity.

Brigid Schulte:

The author of books and director of Good Life Initiative at New America focus on tools that can help us to become productive, creative, and effective. The best way is to erase negativity, forgive, and learn to practice.

Steve Levinson:

Author of the “The power to get things done” and a clinical psychologist by profession, Steve Levinson stresses on making accomplishing tasks a necessity. It is always good to trick yourself into something that you are intended to do. This will eventually lead you to complete all tasks.

Carson Tate:

The author of “Work Simply” stresses on creating a 15 minute list for getting the work done. A lot of works can be completed in this span of time. Whenever you feel like delaying some work, quickly start the 15 minute task which will help you transition into working on more complex projects.

Cal Newport:

The associate professor of computer science at the Georgetown University as well as the author of “Deep Work”, Cal Newport likes to schedule his time for deep thinking. He himself saves his time for important meetings and appointments. And he avoid rescheduling for any other extra meet ups. This is a simple technique to save time and work with more accuracy on various projects.

Gretchen Rubin:

The author of “Better than Before” and “The Happiness Project”, Gretchen Rubin follows the one minute rule. This one minute rule allows her to complete all tasks that can be completed in the short duration. Although tasks that are completed are small but summing those up turn out as a huge outcome.

Laura Vanderkam:

Author of the “I know how she does it” makes a list of three categories including career, relationship, and self. The list reminds her to put something in every category which helps her to lead a balanced life.

Ron Friedman:

Psychologist and host of 2017 Peak Work Performance Summit, Ron Friedman stresses on matching tasks with energy levels. This will enable people to get more done with less effort.

Alexandra Samuel:

Author of “Work Smarter with Social Me” prefers starting the New Year with an empty inbox. Cleaning up the email inbox and dragging the leftover 2016’s mail to a big archive folder may take few hours but it will help a lot for a fresh start.

Chris Bailey:

According to the author of “A year of productivity”, Chris Bailey commits to setting three goals at the beginning of each day. This trick can be followed as productivity ritual which forces you consider your longer term goals and directing your attention, time, and energy to those goals.

Jocelyn Glei:

Author of “Unsubscribe”, Glei focuses on setting aside 30 to 60 minutes per day for checking email. By not checking your email frequently, you will be able to save a lot of time and will become more productive, happier, and less stressed out.

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Written by Hisham Sarwar

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