Even the perfectionists among us struggle to work at 100% efficiency all day long. We want to be more productive and rely on sheer willpower to help us attack tasks and get through the day.
But it’s all too easy to finish your day and wonder what you actually accomplished. In today’s article, I’m giving you 10 tips to boost productivity instantly.
Tips To Increase Productivity #1 Eat The Frog
Imagine if you had to eat a live frog that was trying to wriggle out of your mouth. Sounds like the worst thing imaginable, right?
Do tasks on your to-do list ever make you feel like that? I thought so.
‘Eat the frog’ means you eat those tasks for breakfast. Ask yourself, “What am I avoiding? What do I really not want to do?” Be honest with your answers, and do those tasks FIRST.
I don’t always put the hardest task first. Sometimes I prioritize whatever’s going to bring me the biggest return. If I film a video first thing, I feel great for the rest of the day. If I put it off till the end of the day I feel pressured.
This approach also helps you avoid feeling artificially accomplished. You start by ticking all the easy tasks off your list and think you’ve done enough for the day. But you haven’t done a single IMPORTANT thing. Eat the frog and do those things first.
TIP: I find it easier to be honest with myself when I make my to-do list the night before. I put the hardest task first so it’s right there when I wake up.
Tips To Increase Productivity #2 Gamify Everything
Structure is key to productivity and one of the best ways is turning everything into a game. Gamify your tasks by breaking them into more doable chunks like a game’s objectives.
A lot of games feature time limits. Try setting some for yourself and sticking to them. This will help you avoid spending hours on a single small project. Even if getting everything finished in time is unrealistic it’s better to turn something in than nothing at all.
Finally, set rewards for yourself.
- If you beat your time limit, have a cookie.
- Go for a brief walk after completing tasks.
- Plan an exciting activity for after work (a BBQ with friends, playing a game).
Tips To Increase Productivity#3 Plan For Things To Go Wrong
You never know when your kids will get sick, your grandmother will need dropping off at the hospital or a critical task will come out of nowhere.
Unfortunately, too many men forget this and design rigid plans with surgical precision that only work on paper. Whether they are designing a Gantt chart or booking work into Google Calendar, most men draw a straight line from A to B with no room for deviation.
If you think this is efficient, you’d be wrong. All you need is one thing to go wrong and suddenly everything is delayed. This then has a knock-on effect on anything else you are working on. Everybody is upset and you are going to have your work cut out trying to get things back on track.
Moral of the story? Expect the unexpected. Build a buffer into your schedule.
#4 Use Your Time Intentionally
If you don’t manage your time, your time will manage you. Be intentional!
Create ‘time blocks’ for work, for personal interests, AND for rest – it’s important to schedule rest or “playtime” throughout your day, so you can return to your work energized and inspired.
Try the Pomodoro Technique:
Pomodoro is Italian for tomato. It was created by an Italian student with a tomato-shaped oven timer.
How does it work? Set a timer and give yourself a short block of time to work – like a sprint in the programming world. This artificial time limit is called a pomodoro. The classic setup is as follows:
- 4x 25-minute pomodoros
- 5-minute short breaks in between
- 15-20 minute long break at the end
This is just a guideline. You can have anything from giant ‘beefsteak pomodoros’ to tiny ‘cherry pomodoros’. Whatever works best for you.
I use the Pomodoro Technique to get writing done every single day. I set 25 minutes and usually end up working for longer. Why?
‘Work for 25 minutes’ is an input-based goal: just work for that amount of time. An output-based goal might be ‘write this article’.
You’ve got to have output-based goals but they can be daunting. How long will it take me to write this article? What if it takes ages? I don’t WANNA write this WHOLE article… but sure, I’ll work for 25 minutes.
See how that works? I know for me when I get something started – boom! Magic happens. I get into a groove. You can too.
Before you started, there was probably resistance in your mind. You didn’t want to do it. But once you started and got into it you didn’t want to stop!
#5 Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
If you’re working on a new idea or project, talk to someone else about it! Talking things out will refine your idea and allow other people to make your idea or project that much better.
And with a better idea comes more clarity in making that idea a reality, which will elevate your productivity!
Keep Yourself Accountable
In school, we’re always taught that peer pressure is bad – that we should ignore it at all costs. It’s true to an extent. You don’t want to give in to things that could prove detrimental to your health and status. However, peer pressure can be a powerful motivator – that’s where this tip for productivity comes in.
Holding yourself accountable to a friend will make you more productive.
You need to make yourself beholden to someone, whether it be a friend or a family member. An example could be the gym – you may not want to go by yourself, but if you’ve got somebody waiting on you to work out together then it’s a different story.
What if I told you there was a way to create more hours in the day? The truth is, nobody can do everything by themself.
Delegate what you don’t have time to do or what you can afford to outsource. You’ll free up more time to focus on your priorities.
#6 Focus On One Goal Per Day
This might sound unambitious but you can do more by doing less!
You have a fixed number of hours each day – focus on which task will give you the biggest results.
If you’ve got a mammoth list of tasks for the entire week, it can be overwhelming to look at them all. So, pare it down. Make a daily task list and try picking ONE key item for each day.
If you get that item done, you can always add more later.
You can apply the ‘pick one thing’ principle to anything. Let’s say you want to improve your style and you’re starting from ground zero. Suits, shoes, ties, pocket squares, watches… it’s overwhelming!
So start with just one thing. Learn what to look for in a single essential item, maybe a nice sports coat. That’s all you need to worry about.
When you set a clear goal and focus wholeheartedly on it, you naturally eliminate distractions from disrupting your work.
Anything that can help mitigate distractions will allow you to increase productivity, produce more, and better, over the long run.
#7 Sleep Eight Hours A Night
It may be tempting to shave off a couple of hours of sleep so you can finish up a work assignment or project … but is it really worth it?
If you make a habit of this, you’ll eventually face burnout, resentment, or physical exhaustion that will undermine and override any of the marginal gains made from working longer hours
Sleep is crucial in relaxing your mind, resting your body and rejuvenating your energy for the following day.
If you’re not able to manage the other 16 hours in your day to get your work done, you should focus more on managing those hours instead of reallocating your sleeping hours.
If you want to increase your productivity, you need to sleep.
Doctors in warzones triage their patients: they treat them based on the severity of their wounds. Something I do every morning without fail is think about which of my ‘patients’ are in most urgent need of care (AKA which tasks need to be done first).
I spend 15 minutes or so after I wake up putting my tasks for the day in order of priority. It may not be perfect every single time, but it gives me a much better picture of the challenges on any given day…and how I can overcome them.
TIP: It’s never too late to go back to basics when it comes to productivity. Putting pen to paper every morning might just help you prioritize when everything is a priority.
#9 Make “No” Your Default Answer
Feeling overwhelmed? Take a step back and evaluate where and when you can commit yourself.
This may all sound pessimistic. Some people advise saying yes to EVERY opportunity so you can experience new things.
Most of us already have a full plate though. When you have work to do and a family to take care of, saying yes to everything is almost completely impractical.
Instead, embrace the power of NO. Your time is valuable, and I’m not talking exclusively about your office time either. I’m talking about those precious moments you get to spend with your wife and kids. Think about them – think about the hours you can dedicate to being a hell of a family man by simply saying no to worthless tasks. Know where your time is best spent, and then every YES will be infinitely more valuable.
#10 Clear Your Desk
Your workspace doesn’t need to look like you’re ready to quit at a moment’s notice. There’s nothing wrong with a family photo or a lucky charm from your girlfriend.
Once you’re finished each day though, tidy your workspace and file everything away.
Chefs call this mise en place, which means ‘everything in its place’. They clean and tidy everything before they start cooking and after they finish.
Think about it. Gordon Ramsey is famous for succeeding as a chef with his ‘take no prisoners’ mindset. If you walked into the kitchen of one of his restaurants do you think all the surfaces are covered with mess or are they clean and clear?
Do this and the next day when you come back in to work there’s no clutter to stop you getting stuck straight into your work. There’s no resistance because there’s no mess.
Ultimately, a clean workplace is more relaxing. Discover how men can manage stress by clicking here.
TIP: This applies to style too! Shine your shoes at the END of the day so you don’t need to worry about it during your hurried morning. Iron shirts before you need them. Fold your laundry right after it’s dry. Simple decisions like this make a big difference in productivity.
BONUS Tips To Increase Productivity
I couldn’t include everything in my top ten. Here are my extra tips for improving quality of work.
Understand there’s more to life than work
Most men see having fun as the opposite of being productive and that’s a problem. Maximizing your work output isn’t just about ticking off tasks and avoiding goofing around. It’s about recharging your batteries.
You can’t be productive if you’re low on energy or burnt out.
Make time before and after work for the people and activities you love. It doesn’t matter if it’s walking the dog or playing catch with your son.
Don’t burn the midnight oil every night either. Striving to finish your work is admirable but you need to set yourself a cut-off point for the sake of your sanity.
Taking a vacation is a good idea. Scheduling full days away from work will refresh your creativity and energy. I guarantee you will be more productive when you are back at work afterward.
Find meaning in your work
If your work isn’t meaningful, why increase your productivity? Why complete your work at all?
You can approach work better when you know ‘why’ you’re doing something. Having a ‘why’ in mind gives you a constant urge to push through those days where you may not ‘feel like it’.
This doesn’t mean you need to quit your job and work for a charity. Just take the time to understand why you are doing tasks. Understand how your daily and weekly goals contribute toward the annual and five-year goals your superiors probably have in mind.
Stop worrying about work
It can be easy to panic and freeze. It’s similar to our natural ‘fight or flight response’ when faced with a threat.
So many of us spend valuable time worrying about all the work that needs to get done. In the time that we spend worrying about something, we’re wasting valuable time that could be spent working on it!
Slow your mind, stay present in the moment and tackle one thing at a time.
Go with the flow at work
You can plan a day out perfectly but sometimes you can lose half your day because of unexpected meetings or phone calls. Ouch!
It can feel like a punch to the gut.
Don’t get despondent when stuff like this happens.
- Focus on the most important task at hand.
- Ask yourself what can still be accomplished today.
- Adjust your schedule as needed.
The 20-second rule
Getting started takes energy – activation energy. If you want to do something more often, reduce the activation energy it requires.
How? With this simple rule.
Make it take less than 20 seconds to get into the task at hand.
Let’s say you want to get better at the guitar. Keep your guitar on a stand next to a chair in your den. The result of being able to walk into the room and play in less than in 3 seconds? Playing much more often.
I use this rule to get up and work out at 5am on a freezing winter morning in Wisconsin. To make sure it happened, I would sometimes sleep in my workout clothes. If I’ve just got my shorts on and I leave the shirt under the covers at the base of the bed so it’s nice and warm, I can get dressed under the covers and then get out.
Click below to watch the video – 11 Things SUPER Productive People Do Daily
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Published Date: Wed, 09 Jun 2021 15:30:00 +0000
How to wear your watch correctly
As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.
It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.
But how do you know which way is the right way?
Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.
In today’s article, I’ll be covering:
- Origins Of The Wrist Watch
- What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
- Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
- The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch
When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.
Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.
At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.
Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.
Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.
After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.
#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.
The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.
But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.
So how do you know for sure?
The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.
Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.
So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.
#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?
This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.
You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.
Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.
But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?
The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.
Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.
#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch
Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.
Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.
As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.
After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.
You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.
Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.
After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.
There you have it, gents.
Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.
There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.
If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.
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Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 10:19:42 +0000
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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)
We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.
So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!
Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.
We’ll be covering:
- What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
- How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
- Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
- What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.
While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.
A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.
This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.
But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?
#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.
For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.
This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.
Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.
Keep It Simple
Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.
You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.
With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.
For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:
- A dark three-piece suit
- A light-colored tweed blazer
- A leather bomber or biker jacket
- An overcoat (dark or light)
- A formal button-up shirt (white)
- 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
- 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
- 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
- 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
- 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
- 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
- 1 pair of black dress shoes
- 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
- 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
- 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)
When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.
#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.
Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.
While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.
When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.
Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.
The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.
These big ticket items include:
- Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
- Overcoats and jackets
- Dress shoes and sneakers
These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.
#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?
You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.
Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.
For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.
When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.
Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.
The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.
When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.
Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.
A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.
Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.
A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.
For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.
Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.
So how do you find the perfect sweater?
You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.
Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.
Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.
That’s it, gents.
To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.
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Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:59:00 +0000
The Best Zara Fragrances
We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.
Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of
£100 for 50ml.
Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.
Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99
This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.
For Him 100ml – £22.99
My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.
Florence 100ml – £16.24
Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.
Written by Tom Loughran
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Published Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2022 09:57:00 +0000
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