How to be 10x productive

How to be productive is one of the major challenges that each one encounters every day. It takes a lot of discipline and dedication to attend to a specific to-do list which should be accomplished on a given time frame. More often, people get puzzled on how to complete several tasks with intertwined timetables.

This becomes even more challenging when procrastination comes into play. Can you imagine resisting from a bed weather or a movie list which needs more than a day to finish? How can you say “no” to your social media accounts which keep on notifying you about latest activities in the network? How can you escape friends’ invitation for some parties that you can not afford to miss? These are some questions that are really difficult to answer when you are faced with such situations.

How to be productive is a question often asked and we can answer this question by developing fundamental habits which guide our day-to-day living. The following are the points to consider if we are targeting to increase productivity:

Create goals and make it a habit

One of the many reasons of low productivity is poor planning. According to Benjamin Franklin, “if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. This stresses the importance of good planning towards the accomplishment of objectives.

Have a structured to-do list

This is simple as it may sound but consistently completing such without any deferral or adjustments is stressful. This is the number one reason why to-do list should also be flexible enough. There is a reason why we have “ABC” in the alphabet. Always have contingency plan but never compromise the quality of plan “A”.

Set up milestone for big goals

Big dreams, like a puzzle, comes in pieces. It is normal to be pressured of what lies ahead but having it work at your disadvantage is a different thing. We must not let anxiety rule over us in our journey towards our goals. Appreciate every step and you will realize that there are a lot to be grateful for.

Don’t waste your time

Once time has passed, one can never turn it back. Everything is temporary in this world and we are all measured by the length of our existence. Make the best out of it! Don’t waste even a single minute!

Master the art of prioritization

Multitasking does not apply to all situations. It is very relative and it requires assessment of situation before implementation. We do not want to have 100 things started just to know that after 2 weeks we just completed 10.

Mind your own business

Being distracted by the affairs of other people has a negative pull on your productivity and it allocates a massive amount of your energy and time to things which you should not worry about. 

Bear that in mind! Each one has his or her own journey. Don’t walk after other people’s footprints.

Motivate yourself

No one can help you best but yourself. Believe in your capabilities and you will be amazed by what you can do and by what you can become. Set something or someone that inspire you to work.

Maintain a positive mindset

Negative thoughts and emotions stress us more than anything else. Never be a victim of this destructive force. Optimism is one of the keys to a healthy mind and it attracts positive vibes.  

Health is on top

Having accomplished a thousand of tasks in a day would mean nothing if you traded your health for it. Productivity is closely associated with consistency and sustainability. We are doing our best in everything because we are expecting to reap future rewards from our sacrifices today. 

What is there to sacrifice for if your health poses imminent uncertainty for the future? Breathe! Exercise! Eat healthy food! 

Isolate yourself from things that adversely affect your focus

One trick to maximize productivity is to always know our place. Avoid things that will make you delay your work. Find your safe space and operate. 

Your reaction to Facebook post of a friend can wait. Don’t you think?

Share your ideas to other people

One major hindrance to productivity multiplier is the idea that one can accomplishment everything by himself. Do not be afraid to share your ideas to other people. Do not be afraid to share to somebody what you know. The best multiplier of productivity is to maximize the potential of other people both for his or her and your advantage. As the famous saying of Jack Ma goes:

“If you want to win in the 21st century, you have to empower others, making sure that other people are better than you are. Then you will be successful.”


Have the aforementioned habits take its roots in your system and you can even increase your productivity to 10 times or more. There is no perfect system on this but it is better to try than do nothing at all.

A Software Engineer who loves to code and write articles.

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