9 Productivity Hacks You Can Use to Kickstart Motivation


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Apr 25, 2017
Sometimes we need a quick motivational boost to kick-start an upward spiral of productivity. Here are nine research-based methods you can use to motivate yourself right now:

Simply putting your phone on silent can increase productivity by 26%
1. Eliminate distractions. A study at Kaspersky found that having a smartphone available reduces productivity by 26%. At the very least, turn off your phone’s notifications to keep focused. You can take this further with software like Cold Turkey which can block any distracting apps or websites on your computer or smartphone.

2. Visualize enjoying the task. Researchers from NIH have found the mind can’t distinguish between mental images and actual events. Imagine yourself enjoying working towards your goal, and you will enjoy that work more in real life.

3. Make a list. Harvard psychologist Ron Siegel suggests you write down a list of all the reasons you want to accomplish your goal. Reminding yourself of future benefits is motivating because it brings excitement to your task.

4. Ask yourself, “What’s the smallest step I can take towards accomplishing my goal?” For example, if your goal is to go to the gym, simply commit to put on some gym clothes. Doing this starts in motion what author Charles Duhigg calls the habit loop. Once you’ve taken the first crucial step, the power of habit will make the rest relatively effortless.

5. Share your goal on social media. This creates a sense of accountability with your friends to complete your goal. I used this method by uploading this ridiculous video, and since doing so I’ve been more motivated than ever. This worked because of what famed psychologist Robert Cialdini calls commitment and consistency, a principle that makes us automatically feel psychological pressure to follow through with any public commitment we make.

Just writing a checklist can increase motivation and make an intimidating goal more manageable.
6. Break your goal down into smaller parts with a checklist. Breaking down the goal into steps makes it less intimidating, plus the sense of completion from checking off a task releases dopamine which is the most powerful motivator there is.

7. Give yourself a time-limit. Harvard researchers concluded time pressure significantly improves productivity. For example, if you have an essay to finish, set a timer for an hour and try to beat the clock! This technique shifts your focus to the race against time which makes productivity feel less like a chore, and more like a game.

A mindful walk will not only increase motivation, but also promote well-being.
8. Go on a quick walk. Researchers at the University of Georgia have found that just 10 minutes of light cardiovascular activity is more energizing than 50 mg of caffeine.

9. Download the free app, Thirty. Imagine if there were a social media app like Facebook, but specifically designed as a community dedicated to personal achievement. Thirty is exactly that, it allows you to share your goals with like-minded individuals who will help motivate you and keep you accountable for long-term progress.

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Hack 1- Kapersky Labs, smartphones lower productivity

Hack 2- Brain doesn’t distinguish real from imaginary- Dr. David Hamilton

Hack 3- The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems by Ronald D. Siegel

Hack 4- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg.

Hack 5- Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini, Ph.D.

Hack 6- Dopamine regulates the motivation to act- https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130110094415.htm

Hack 7- Time pressure increases productivity- Teresa Amabile, Harvard University

Hack 8- Light cardio is more energizing than a cup of coffee- Christopher Bergland, Psychology Today

Hack 9- Being in a community is motivating- Art Markman, Ph.D.

Thirty: Available on all platforms, free to use social media app which will increase motivation and inspire positive change.