You’re busy. I get it. You barely have four minutes to read this blog let alone try some new fan-dangled productivity hack that some Silicon Valley hot-shot who only works four hours a week is raving about.
Well, I am just as sceptical as you. And just as likely to ditch a new habit and slip back into my old patterns and habits before I’ve even made it through a week.
So let me tell you this, the hacks herein work. They’re worth trying at least once. I’ve tried and tested them and that’s why I’m only giving you three to choose from.
So, spare me four minutes and give one of these a go this week.
1. The cold blast
If waking up is hard to do and you’re still bleary eyed at 9 am and reaching for coffee to function, this productivity hack is for you.
All you have to do, is at the end of your morning shower, blast yourself with the coldest setting for 30 seconds… then go back to normal temperature and repeat 4 times.
Cold hot cold hot cold hot cold hot.
It sounds like torture but after the initial shock, I promise you’ll feel more awake and alert, with an increase in productivity that will last throughout the day.
Give it a try and give yourself a rush of endorphins and get your blood pumping faster for four mins every morning.
2. Turn off notifications on every app
I resisted this one at first but now am so happy I tried it because I am no longer a slave to my phone. I no longer lose 20 minutes mindlessly scrolling through tweets or my Instagram feed.
The concept is simple; just turn off all notifications for every app on your phone bar phone calls (for emergency).