Matt and Scott share their strategies for improving your productivity so that you can spend less time working on mundane tasks and more time on the things that bring you value, like strength training.
Improve Your Tools and Workspace
Both Matt and Scott agree that buying high quality items that you use all the time can make a big difference in your workflow and overall productivity. Give yourself good tools for the tasks you do often, and they will make your work experience better and last a long time.
Scott's Recommended Tools
It almost goes without saying, don't forget to use your smartphones to work for you. Smartphones can be a source of major distractions, but they also have lots of apps that can assist with your task management and scheduling. Use them (and turn off your social media notifications)!
Improve Your Productivity Strategies
Matt advocates the Pomodoro technique for getting lots of work done in short but focused bursts. He describes the technique in greater detail in the article linked below, but the basic idea is to clear your workspace of ALL distractions, turn off your phone, and work without distraction for 25 minutes, followed by a mandatory 5 minute break. Repeat this as necessary up to 4 times. After this point you've probably used up whatever brainpower you had, so move on to other less intensive work.
Scott likes the to-do list strategy outlined in Getting Things Done by David Allen. Most people carry around the totality of their to-do list in their head, occupying enormous mental resources which could be spent more productively on deep work and more complicated tasks. David Allen's method involves putting down everything you've ever thought of that you should do "someday, maybe" on paper, so that you don't have to think about those things alongside the more mundane, day-to-day tasks. Scott uses Evernote to accomplish this task, because it syncs with any device you may have on you at the moment, it's easily searchable, and the company has remained true to their roots of being the best idea storage app in the market.
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