Author: Daniel Covino

11 Productivity Lifehacks

Author: Daniel Covino

Time is finite, but reading this article is the closest thing to a time machine you can get in.

11 productivity lifehacks:

  1. Stop checking your email. How much time do you spend just checking for emails everyday only to find nothing of interest? Replace this behavior with #2.
  2. Set your boss/client as a VIP. Add your boss or that client you are working on a deadline for to the VIP list on iOs or your Favorites on Android phones and get a notification as soon as you get an email, just like a text message. That way you won’t be wasting time wondering if they sent an email.
  3. Nutrition. How many times do you skip lunch, eat junk or drink coffee instead of water? Having all the nutrients and water the 100 billion cells in your brain need is super important. That doesn’t mean just “eating breakfast.”
  4. Abbreviate. Find words and symbols to make taking notes faster. You’re not fully listening if you’re writing and may miss something even more important!
  5. Create checklists and templates for the things you frequently do. Having a checklist of important notes on the routine tasks you do will help you finish everything faster and not forget something small but critical.
  6. Don’t be negative, instead think of improvements. Thinking of making things better will prevent the stress and mental overload from negative thought patterns.
  7. Learn prosocial behavior. Having a solid team is essential and building good relationships through prosocial behavior; a serious lifehack! See my previous article.
  8. Stop asking questions. You can learn a lot from other people but when you’re short on time don’t ponder or ask a human…Google it.
  9. Google better. Use shortcuts like site: to just search through a particular website. Learn to sort searches by date; we often need relevant information not the most popular article on a topic from 5 years ago. Use quotes “search term” to find exact results, not a useless sprinkling of your keywords. Slow webpages and errors can usually be solved using the cache arrow already on almost every website listed in search results. Google Images – it’s much faster to find some things with a picture.
  10. Clean your desk and calm your mind. We think between 300-1000 words per minute…a lot of it is about the junk on your desk!
  11. You don’t need 8 hours of sleep. The optimal amount of sleep is apparently 7.76 hours. Not more or less.

My favorite Google search operators:

site: Get results from certain sites or domains.
Examples: olympics and olympics
related: Find sites that are similar to a web address you already know.
OR Find pages that might use one of several words.
Example: marathon OR race
info: Get information about a web address, including the cached version of the page, similar pages, and pages that link to the site.
cache: See what a page looks like the last time Google visited the site.
- When you use a dash before a word or site, it excludes sites with that info from your results. This is useful for words with multiple meanings, like Jaguar the car brand and jaguar the animal.
Examples: jaguar speed -car or pandas
" When you put a word or phrase in quotes, the results will only include pages with the same words in the same order as the ones inside the quotes. Only use this if you’re looking for an exact word or phrase, otherwise you’ll exclude many helpful results by mistake.
Example: "imagine all the people"
* Add an asterisk as a placeholder for any unknown or wildcard terms. .
Example: "a * saved is a * earned"

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