5 Original Techniques to improve your daily Productivity

Improving productivity in the performance of our work - especially in the freelance field - is one of the challenges we face with the beginning of each year. Therefore, today we want to propose five original techniques to be more productive than you can put into practice.

It doesn't matter if you work from home or from the office, day or night, in a large company or an SME, as a salaried employee or as a freelancer. Productivity must be one of your priorities and although it is not easy to keep it stable over time, there are several recurring strategies and techniques to enhance it, some of them as famous as the Kanban method or the Pomodoro technique.

Today we want to talk to you about some original techniques to increase your productivity that you probably didn't know about and that can be very useful to optimize your time, manage your tasks and make your efforts profitable.

  • "Don't break the chain," Jerry Seinfeld's method

This famous actor has generated his own method, consisting of choosing a long-term task that you want to achieve - just writing your thesis, delivering the project to a client or preparing that language test are some examples - and taking a red marker and a physical calendar Mark the first day with an X, which will be the beginning of a chain that you will not be able to break until the date indicated to finish fulfilling your purpose.

It is an ideal technique to acquire motivation and perseverance for large projects or new habits, such as quitting smoking, doing daily sports or starting to study a new discipline.

  • Getting Things Done, David Allen's technique

The consultant David Allen is the creator of a productivity technique to optimize our way of managing time, called Getting Things Done or GTD, for its acronym in English. This rejects the traditional hierarchy of tasks and is based on five fundamental keys: collect, process, classify, review and do.

This technique proposes that we make lists, organizing reminders of the projects and their phases - the deadline format is useful - detailing all the actions that the tasks require as soon as we have knowledge of them, and not when they will expire. Thus, you will be able to be rested, confident and attentive to each project. We recommend applications such as Evernote or Trello, whose operation and advantages we explain in this article.

  • "I need, I should, I want," Jay Shirley's technique

Jay Shirley has developed a web application called The Daily Practice whose main purpose is to create habits based on three mandatory tasks. This technique consists of making a list every morning with three tasks: a task with high priority that will immediately impact your life ("I need"), a task for your long-term goals ("I should") and something that you want to do throughout the day to contribute to your motivation ("I want").

To be effective you should check it in the morning of the next day. Have you managed to progress and be happy thanks to her? It is essential not to consume yourself and have a daily incentive that supports your high productivity rates.

  • Marc Andreessen's anti-To Do list

The co-founder of Netscape is the creator of this productivity technique as opposed to the usual ToDo lists, which did not help him increase his productivity at all. If the latter are based on writing down in detail what you should do during the day, Andreessen suggests that you write down what you have done at the end of it.

His idea is that the lists of things to do are never completed by always being full of more tasks, causing a sense of lack of motivation and productivity. Thus, the anti-ToDo list aims to celebrate the progress made, something fundamental to measure your progress and calculate the performance of your work hours.

  • "Ideal Biological Schedule", the method of Sam Carpenter

This author wrote the book Work the System to explain how to amass more money by working less time. His technique called Biological Prime Time or Ideal Biological Schedule is fundamental in finding out what are the hours of the day in which you are most productive.

To do this you must focus on measuring your productivity levels, focus and motivation at every hour of the day during all the work days of a week, scoring each one on a scale from 1 to 10. Create with all the results a graph in Excel and Know what are the hours at which you are at the maximum level: that is your Ideal Biological Schedule, in which you must work on your most important tasks.