Tips for Productivity: How to Boost It in Just 30 Minutes?

These days our smartphones are like parasites. They mooch off of your attention. They feed on your wasted time. And they ruin your productivity, causing immense frustration. But there’s a way to pump up your personal efficiency. And it requires just 30 minutes. Every day.

Self-Care is the Key

Phones are ringing, tingling and bonging every minute. There are hundreds of unread messages, tons of garbage emails and oodles of unchecked memes. It takes about 7-8 minutes for another push notification to arrive. They all aggressively demand your attention.  

In turn, it makes your ability to focus atrophy slowly. Because your brain is too busy focusing on someone or something else and never you.

It can be ‘friends’ you made two years ago while on a trip to Vermont. Last-minute offers from your beloved farm sim game. Pics perpetually uploaded to Instagram by your second aunt. Or colleagues complaining about scoliosis — it all turns into a time-sucking and attention-destroying sinkhole. 

In reality, these precious minutes, that you waste on info-garbage, belong to you. Have you heard about the 5 AM Club? It’s a bunch of people who wake at the break of dawn and do this:

  1. Spend 20 minutes on physical exercises.
  2. Spend 20 minutes on planning the day.
  3. Spend 20 minutes on learning something new. 

That’s how they get a whole hour of self-improvement! 

It's great productivity advice. But it doesn’t work for everyone — especially if you have long night shifts to cover. Or maybe getting up early makes you feel like a disoriented baby owl. So, what to do?

Just 30 Minutes

One of the best and most obvious productivity tips is  focus on your priorities in life. People love complaining about how they don’t have time to do this or that: My movie script has been incomplete for 2 years now, I want to learn French, I’ll sign up for that MBA program next month... 

That’s because they can’t set their priorities correctly. Ambitious goals have smaller sub-goals. So, follow this algorithm: 

  • Priorities. Spend about 10 minutes on planning what else you want to achieve today apart from doing your job or making appointments.
  • Physique. 10 minutes of exercise won’t make you a Hercules. But it’s enough to make your body’s engines going. Try tabata, marine push-ups or practice some vinyasa yoga.
  • Self-care. Anything can be included. A mug of hot cocoa, a favorite podcast episode. Or maybe a bit of meditating to the hypnotic sounds of the likes of Planetary Unfolding album. 

You will be surprised at how much this simple trifecta can do for you. And though it sounds like an awful banality, persistence is the key — do this ritual every day.

Teaspoon of Egoism

These 30 minutes belong to you and you only. Don’t let anyone distract you. (Unless it’s an emergency). And learn how to find time every week to… just enjoy your life. And while you immerse yourself in this periodical hedonism, don’t let work and other serious stuff interfere. 

No matter how we define productivity, If you’re not feeling happy, there is no use in it.