Want to travel but need to stay productive as well? Here’s 6 tips to stay productive in the least amount of time and get back to what matters most on your traveling adventures.
To stay productive you should focus on Your Big Goals, use the Two Minute Rule, the Pomodoro Technique, know the Eisenhower’s Principal, stay organized, use self-care can and ……
The Pareto principle
Focus on Your Big Goals We set goals on our daily routine, finish reports, read a new book, and pick up groceries–juggling our work and personal life at the same time. Most people create a to-do list, write down daily, weekly, and monthly goals. The #1 hack to achieve any goal is to break it down into its parts and focus on the big parts first. To do this, the Pareto Principle or 80/20 Principle is a great place to start. The rule is simple. It states that 20% of your input (time, resources, effort) accounts for 80% of the outcome (results, rewards, kicking your competition’s butt!).
20% are the actions you do that will result in 80% towards your happiness or success.
20% of customers are responsible for 80% of revenue.
So, imagine today is Monday morning and you know you want to go to a concert on Friday and you’ll need to take the day off since heck… that’s why you’re traveling! You work remotely and work can be done at any time! This is the classic trap all remote workers fall in to. To get to that concert it’s important to narrow down your to-do list to the BIG TARGETS that move the needle towards getting a big project done. Avoid the busy work that ends up taking 80% of our time that sadly only results in 20% of the overall target. As we work on our goals, we should identify what potentially is the most priority on the top of the list. Key performance indicators (KPIs) are guideposts to help keep you focused on your end goal and can be used to measure your overall performance. For KPIs, you don’t have to make large leaps to achieve your goals, but little ones at a time will do. A great trick when setting your KPI is to ask yourself, what can I do today to start on reaching my goal? Make sure your KPI is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound.
The Two Minute Rule – Crush goals faster
It is a common thing for us to put off small tasks that are easy to do and do the more challenging tasks first. A study of 2,000 Americans found that over six out of ten people are currently putting off basic administrative tasks, such as cleaning, going to the bank because they “just don’t have time.” (Link1) By the end of the week or day, you have a ton of extra work to do. This idea of the Two Minute Rule originally comes from the book Getting Things Done by David Allen. An important thing to note, this is not to be confused with filling your schedule with little tasks which would contradict the Pareto Principle. Instead, the Two Minute Rule is aiming to get your list of small to-do lists as fast as possible without procrastination so you can move onto the more important items in your day. You don’t necessarily have to do those things that only take 2 minutes, but if you do the quick, simple tasks and get them out of the way, imagine all of the things you can accomplish, and you won’t have to worry about them when time is running out. This is a great technique to do as well if you want to start getting into the habit of doing something. Spend at least two minutes every day doing it. This is to train yourself to be consistent. Just two minutes is a short amount of time to get the routine in to your schedule.
Pomodoro Technique – Time Management
It is a time management method where you can divide your work load in four 25 minutes chunks and 5 minutes in between breaks.The importance of this method is the essence of urgency to be productive in a small period of time rather than maximizing the whole day to work on. Moreover, having small-time breaks can relax and relieve the feeling of working continuously. As you work while traveling, it is important to take breaks in between your hectic schedule, besides relaxing is also your priority as well as being productive. After a 25 minute work in front of the computer while on hustle pad cabin is perfect when you get a little time to enjoy your hot coffee in front of the overlooking mountain. Isn’t it fulfilling? Being productive at the same time relaxing on your remote work? (Link 8).
Eisenhower’s Principal – Importance, Not Urgency
Sometimes it is hard to determine what to prioritize when everything seems important. Do you get to the end of the day and feel you’ve met your most urgent deadlines but haven’t accomplished anything that’s fundamentally significant? You are not alone. Recognize what to do first to get more done, use the Eisenhower Principal. Determine what is important and what is urgent. Important activities have an outcome and achieve your goals. Urgent activities demand immediate attention, and there are consequences if you fail to do them as soon as possible.
You must prioritize the most important and most urgent tasks because they will give you the most favorable outcome.
Make a plan or schedule for when you will do the important but not urgent tasks.
Delegate the urgent and not important tasks.
Get rid of those tasks that are not important and not urgent. Productive people cut off 50% of their to-do list. ( Link 2 )
Having a messy surroundings can be very distracting. Taking a couple of minutes each day to get rid of unnecessary piles of paper on your desk, set your meetings for the rest of your week, and clean up that desktop on your computer! Having a cluttered desktop on your computer is like having a cluttered mind. Each file is a to-do reminder, or a file reminding you of a project long ago that can probably be deleted or at least filed in a folder. Out of sight, out of mind is the goal here with the goal is to have only the necessities insight. Organize your email by creating folders and having it to where the email you receive will go to its respective folder. Leaving your computer’s desktop screen cluttered will add to your stress and will distract you from what you are supposed to do. Making a reasonably flexible time frame for your work and personal activities can help you maintain focus to obtain progress and achieve goals on time. Those who write their goals in concrete terms are 50 percent more likely to feel positive that they will attain their goals and 32 percent more likely to feel in control of their lives. ( Link 7 )
Self Care – Enjoy your travel pad. (Hustle Pads Benefit)
Physical and mental health is essential. We need to be healthy to be able to do good work. According to a survey conducted by Everyday Health, 1/3 of people visit a doctor about stress-related problems, and 57% of them admit that they are paralyzed by stress. ( Link 3 ) Self-care is an activity that we must do deliberately to make sure our mental, physical, and emotional health is all taken care of. Having good self-care is the key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. You will have a better relationship with yourself and with others. It is something that refuels us, resulting in a stress-free mind, ready to take on the struggles of every day. To have good self-care, you must actively plan to do so. You must also keep a conscious mind. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the adults in the United States, 35.2 percent are getting less than 7 hours of sleep each night. ( Link 5 ) In a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, researchers found what working out in a group lowers stress by 26 percent and significantly improves the quality of life ( Link 6 ). Getting enough sleep, exercise, and doing relaxing activities will help lower stress promoting productivity. Go out on the adventure you’ve always wanted to do, travel the world and work as you do so.