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I've been a long time "productivity chaser", tried to optimise my time, my day, my calendar, etc, etc. But this never really worked as I would sometimes procrastinate and eventually not get things done.
So instead of finding ways to become productive, I asked the question backwards (which is a great way to solve problems): "What usually makes me productive?"
I looked back at times where I was super productive and those times were when I was repeatedly doing the same actions. Repeat actions created a pattern that my brain could better process the next time I was doing the action.
It was like driving down a road I had driven 100 times, I would become faster, it would become easier, and painless.
So for me the answer was : Habits.
If you set up your calendar in advance (for example Every day between 8am and 10am you will work on finding customers and do X, Y or Z), this will create a habit and this makes it easier to do it every day.
I understand this is super oversimplified and that this does not encompass the whole spectrum of productivity but setting a routine and creating habits is a great way to achieve things. You can also schedule time for other things that work (example: Every Friday at 4pm you can schedule "time for yourself" to think about the bigger picture of your business etc, etc)
This is quite simple but this works well for me and wanted to share that with you guys!