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Definitive 100 Most Useful Productivity Hacks

We could all be more productive. Between the daily deluge of digital distractions and our own bad habits and human fallibility, there is probably room for improvement somewhere.

With endless articles online offering productivity advice, how to separate the wheat from the chaff? We brought some method to the madness. We scoured hundreds of articles online and found the top 100 most frequently cited tips. We then ranked them using their overall score on the below stats.

The result? The definitive top 100 productivity hacks. Which ones work for you?

Definitive 100 Most Useful Productivity Hacks

  1. Time-boxing
  2. Prioritise
  3. Say no
  4. Move!
  5. Control your devices
  6. Take short breaks
  7. To-do lists
  8. Eat well
  9. 2-minute rule
  10. Control social media
  11. Choose when to check your email
  12. Organize your workspace
  13. Start earlier
  14. Breathe
  15. Turn off alerts
  16. Shorter meetings
  17. Site blockers
  18. Productivity tools
  19. Plan ahead
  20. Single-tasking
  21. Write it down
  22. Break tasks down
  23. 8020 rule
  24. Be true to yourself
  25. Avoid visual distractions
  26. Sleep
  27. Run meetings well
  28. Batch similar tasks
  29. Fewer meetings
  30. Focus on outcomes
  31. Effective above efficient
  32. Delegate
  33. Ignore the news
  34. Change the scenery
  35. Long breaks
  36. Time yourself
  37. Be positive
  38. Follow up after meetings
  39. One small change
  40. Flow
  41. Drink water
  42. Drink coffee responsibly
  43. Make a public commitment
  44. Acknowledge your success
  45. Don’t reread emails
  46. Help others in meetings
  47. Be on time
  48. Kill your darlings
  49. Work from home
  50. Productive procrastination
  51. Your biological prime time
  52. Find time for yourself
  53. Be realistic
  54. Set clear goals
  55. Just start
  56. Devices in Meetings
  57. Break bad habits
  58. Love your job
  59. Show compassion
  60. Focus on the present
  61. Systemise
  62. Start and end on time
  63. Get ergonomic
  64. Use your commute
  65. Unplug
  66. Meeting roles
  67. Do not do to-do lists
  68. 10,000 hours
  69. Find lost hours
  70. Short- and long-term goals
  71. Visualise success
  72. Reward yourself
  73. Rituals
  74. Eric Schmidt’s “9 Rules of Email”
  75. Be flexible
  76. Log all your ideas
  77. Take control when you can
  78. Make work fun again
  79. Natural light
  80. Learn to touch type properly
  81. Listen actively
  82. Inbox Zero
  83. Voicemail
  84. Templates
  85. Hard stuff first
  86. Close open loops in your head
  87. Waiting-on list
  88. Deprioritize the non-essential
  89. Reply by…
  90. Control your inbox
  91. Wear a uniform
  92. Set deadlines
  93. Assign a ‘Task Deputy’
  94. Password manager
  95. Schedule “stress” time
  96. Five goals
  97. Convert emails to to-dos
  98. Old-school alarm clocks
  99. Chewing gum

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