27 Productivity Tips & Lifehacks from the Pros

Ever feel like there’s too much work at the end of your week? Me too. I wanted to know how to get more done without working 24/7. So, I decided to consult the experts and find some of the best tips online today.

Without further ado, here they are!

1. “Only plan for 4-5 hours of real work per day.” ~@dhh
2. “It’s normal to have days where you just can’t work and days where you’ll work 12 hours straight.” ~@alainpaquin
3. “Your time is $1,000/hour, and you need to act accordingly.” ~@asmartbear
4. “Separate thinking and execution to execute faster and think better.” ~@sol_tanguay
5. “A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in.” ~@paulg
6. “Break the unreasonable down into little reasonable chunks. A big goal is only achieved when every little thing that you do everyday, gets you closer to that goal.” ~@marenkate
7. “Only ever work on the thing that will have the biggest impact.” ~@asmartbear
8. “If something can be done 80% as well by someone else, delegate!” ~@johncmaxwell
9. “Get a reminder app for everything. Do not trust your own brain for your memory.” ~@julien
10. “Write down anything that distracts you – Google searches, random thoughts, new ideas, whatever. The point is, if you write them down, they’ll stop bubbling up when you’re in the zone.” ~@stevencorona
11. “Pick one thing and do that one thing – and only that one thing – better than anyone else ever could.” ~@betashop
12. “By giving people half of the time they ask for a meeting or appointment, I am able to cram a number of things in the day and move people in and out more effectively.” ~Gary E. McCullough
13. “Force yourself to prioritize so that you know that you will finish at least that one critical task during the period of the day when you have the most energy and the fewest distractions.” ~@tonyschwartz
14. “Being productive and bridging your gap of ambition and ability is a lot easier if you are picking something you’ve firstly identified as being truly passionate about. I look in the mirror and try to figure out whether the things I’m working on every day really are the things that drive me and motivate me.” ~@leowid
15. “Wherever possible, I like to avoid relying on willpower or self-discipline. I am happy that I’ve turned off all notifications (Twitter, Facebook, email, etc.)” ~@joelgascoigne
16. “Deal with something once. Do it now. Then it’s off your mind, and you can fully focus on the next matter.” ~@zen_habits
17. “Learn to say no. For some of us, it’s not about just working long hours, it’s about taking on too much work that requires us to work those long hours.” ~@halophoenix
18. “Set a no matter what date. To be profitable. To quit. To make a change. Stick to in as if it’s life or death. Because it likely is.” ~@daniellelaporte
19. “Focus. For every comma after your name, you suck a little more.” ~@kimandjason
20. “Ask for help. Get out of your head, swallow your fear and go for it. It does not require you to have millions in the bank, years of experience, or a product loved by thousands. Just a backbone and some guts.” ~@danmartell
21. “Talking to yourself might make you look crazy but it can improve performance.” ~@bakadesuyo
22. “If you’re always telling yourself ‘I just need to keep working until I get everything done’ then you’re giving yourself no incentive to becoming efficient.” ~@reallifee
23. “If you want to get something done, don’t give yourself enough time to finish. Keep it short and tight. Give yourself a fixed deadline.” ~@chrisguillebeau
24. “I must stop indulging in the past and get back to the present.” ~@katekendall
25. “There are very few true emergencies in life. No how bad your day is going, keep in mind that it probably doesn’t mean much in the big scheme of things. Don’t over react to trivial happenings.” ~@TMNinja
26. “You have to create your own opportunities, create your own luck, create your own jobs. Choose yourself. Choose your own success.” ~@megbiram
27. “Use RescueTime to block off all social media sites and email for 90-120 minutes first thing in the morning. Focus on your most important one or two to-dos. If processing email on Gmail later, use The Email Game to double speed.” ~@tferriss

What productivity tips and lifehacks do you swear by? Tell us below!

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