Specific appealing & useful points from popular productivity hacks and techniques that you can use daily to get more done.
We've never been big fans of productivity hacks and techniques, but have found some parts to be appealing & useful. It helps to know why certain things work well for you so that you can consciously do those things.
So if you're wondering how to work remotely and be productive, here are some very specific points we find useful.
Hyperfocus is when you have deep & intense concentration on only one topic or task. We typically want to be in a hyperfocus state while doing the most critical tasks in a day.
As you would already know, it is tough to achieve this given the numerous distractions & the natural tendency of our brain to wander. So it helps to -
- Have realistic # of times you want to achieve hyperfocus in a day, say 2-3 bouts
- Get rid of all distractions when you want to focus
- Take breaks
Work for 25 mins, then break for 5 mins. Each 25-min work period is called a 'pomodoro'. After 4 'pomodoros' (100 mins of work, 15 mins of break), take a 15-20 min break.
Sounds easy? Only that it isn't so practical.
Stopping after 25 mins especially when you're in a hyperfocus state (say you're in the middle of writing a blog or fixing a bug) is going to be tough and well, unproductive. This is also why a lot of people quit using these timers.
So there are 2 workarounds here -
- Figure the duration of work period that works for you & configure it. Feel free to vary it even daily.
- Use pomodoro for tasks that aren't variable or don't need you to have extreme focus e.g. clearing your inbox, documentation etc.
Ever wondered why you sometimes get the best ideas when you're the most distracted? Say while taking a shower or doing the most mundane tasks e.g. washing dishes.
It isn't coincidence but just the way our mind works. Our brain's natural tendency is to wander or get distracted and this happens strongly when you're doing nothing or something boring. The good news is that this period of distraction helps you get recharged & be creative.
So you can consciously get distracted to be creative by -
- Letting your mind roam freely & grasping whatever useful comes up (Capture mode)
- Holding a problem loosely & thinking freely around it (Problem crunching mode)
- Engaging in a simple, mundane task & get ideas as they come (Habitual mode)
Now that you know how to make the most out of your remote working lifestyle, head over to the next chapter to find out how to deal with some of the negatives of this working model.