How to Have The Most Productive Day Ever

Being productive, as I have come to use it in my life, is doing things a certain way at a certain time—and then something amazing happens. I will share that “something amazing” with you later on in this post.

We all have the same 24-hour day.

Why, then, do some people look like they get so much more done?

Well, that’s what I am here to show you—how to have the most productive day ever!

I know there are some people who outsource work; I myself do this and it does free up my time so I can do other things. Still, this is not enough reason, given that there are still many people who don’t outsource and yet get 10x more done in a day.

Are they super human? Most likely not.

What they are is obvious—they are productive.

Being productive is about doing what matters most. You could do a lot of things that don’t matter and at the end of the day, you will feel like you’ve got nothing done. That’s because nothing that mattered got done.

Do what matters most.

We all have the same number of hours, minutes, and seconds in a day. No one, no matter how rich or how powerful, has more hours than anybody else. We all get the same amount of time to get stuff done every day.

Being productive is all that matters most. One can do that by prioritizing everything that needs to be done for the day.

Creating a daily checklist of tasks and putting the top-priority ones at the top of your list will not only make you feel good when you cross it off, it will also create a snowball effect in that it will inspire you to do more, and to cross off more tasks. At least it happens that way for me.

For example, I love to wake up and do the most difficult (most important) thing before I do anything else. Once I’ve completed that, I will have the most amazing feeling of being productive, and I will end up accomplishing more on my list.

Yeah, I could check my emails, jump on Twitter, or check Facebook, but those are not the important things; those are distraction that eats up hours of my day. The most important thing—and in anyone’s life, for that matter—is my health. That’s as true today as it was a hundred, a thousand, or a million years ago (if there were humans then).

Your body is important!

Don’t think for one second that going straight to work on your projects is the highest of priorities because it is not by any means. Your health should be at the tippy top of importance. Here’s how you can start your day.

Wake up, go to the bathroom, get a tall glass of water, and hit play on a 30-minute workout.

Sounds easy right? Well, it will be challenging at first but here’s the beauty of productivity. Once you do it long enough, it will become a habit. For sure, it will be difficult at first. You will find lots of excuses not to do it every day; you’re not feeling well, you are late for an appointment, you have lots of things to do, the list of excuses is endless.

However, once you do it for around 66 days straight, it will become much easier to do. By then, it will have become a automatic habit.

Here’s the thing about habits. They don’t seem like work since you do it routinely. You don’t have to think about doing it, which avoids your use of excuses. Thus, habits work and all you need to do in order to have the most productive days you could ever have is to create a habit of doing what matters most, first thing in the day.

I know it sucks at first to bust out the hard work right at the start of the day. Here’s my best advice though: JUST DO IT!

It works without a doubt and when it becomes a habit you will no longer have to muster up the strength to work out, to create that long-dreaded video, or to do any other project you’ve been struggling for some time.

The Power of Time Chunking.

Some of the biggest businesses in the world impose time chunking on their employees. They think it’s effective in making their employees productive, and indeed, it is.

However, the power of productivity chunking can be applied by anyone regardless of what they do—they can work for someone else, or own their own business. Time chunking will work for you, too. It looks like this:

productivity-chunking-compressor

The picture above shows four main chunks in my average day. The four chunks are:

  1. Wake up, work out, eat, and shower.
  2. Hardest thing of my day.
  3. Cruise Control.
  4. Reward time.

Let me break it down for you because this productivity hack is what has worked for me more than anything else.

  1. Wake up, work out, eat, and shower. This part of the day is pretty self-explanatory. You take an hour to wake up, work out for a half-hour to an hour, take a quick shower, and then eat some good, healthy food.
  2. Hardest thing of my day. This part of the day for me is where I do the hardest thing like writing my 5,000 words, executing my ideas, creating videos and podcasts, and other things that I find challenging.
  3. Cruise Control. This is the easy part of the day where I do things in autopilot mode. For me that’s going to meetings, doing my social media updates, talking with clients, setting up future meet-ups, and reading a book a day.
  4. Reward time. This is an important part of the time chunk because without rewarding yourself, you will not keep to this productivity hack. Every day I log what I achieved, whether it’s writing 5,000 words a day, recording a new video, or landing a big deal. I track everything and it’s extremely rewarding because I can look back and see that I am making HUGE progress not only with my personal life, but also with my business as well.

When you reward yourself you could watch a movie, go out to eat with friends, go out shopping to buy something nice, soak in a bubble bath, catch up on your DVR, go on a drive to a place you’ve never been before, play your favorite game, or you could always just take a nap.

For me I like to buy books because not only do I love to read, I also have a book shopping fetish! It’s a nice reward at the end of a highly productive day.

It all comes down to rewarding yourself in a way that you feel good about. What you don’t want to do is have an awesome day and then go eat two large pizzas because you will start to feel like crap after doing that for a while.

It will actually have the opposite effect of a reward after a few days.

In short: don’t use unhealthy food to reward yourself.

Numbers 2 and 4 are the most important. For example, people work for months on end and set out a reward to go on vacation halfway through the year. That doesn’t work for me.

It’s extremely draining not to reward yourself immediately!

I just can’t set out my rewards that far into the future. Without having a reward phase, everything falls apart in this productivity time chunking. You can set out your rewards days or even weeks in advance because otherwise, you will burn yourself out. If the reward is months or years away, you will find yourself asking, “What the heck am I getting from doing this?”

You can only lead yourself with a reward.

If the reward is in the distant future, you might not stick to your schedule. You must reward yourself with your productivity after each day.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, I find that productivity chunking works for me. I’ve tried many other ways in which to be highly productive and none have been as effective as this one.

If you’ve never done it before, try to go at it for a few weeks to see if it has the same effect on you as it does for me. Once you start doing it for a few months, it will take almost no willpower to stick to it every day.

I’ve been doing it for so long that it has become a habit for me to time chunk my day. For someone that’s just starting, all you need to do is muster up the discipline to stick with it for a few months; after that, you won’t have to think about doing it, you will do it as a habit.

It’s certainly a great way to tackle your day to become highly productive. By the time the day is over, you’re socking in your rewards. It’s highly addicting, if you ask me.

I told you that I was going to share with you something amazing earlier and that something is that when you apply what I talked about in this post you will really start loving your life. You will have more free time, and you will get into the habit of getting more done in less time.

Thanks for reading and please leave your thoughts below on what’s working for you (or what’s not working). Have you ever tried time chunking? Let me know,

Scott “I am now going to shop for some books” Hurtado 😉