Productivity & Planning

4 Productivity Hacks I Stole from Smart People

“If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” The internet’s not quite sure who said it, but let’s face it: it’s great advice, regardless.

Here are four productivity hacks that I stole from smart people.

1. GO WORK AT A COFFEE SHOP AND LEAVE YOUR LAPTOP CHARGER AT HOME.

Stolen from: Steph Crowder, Courage & Clarity

I thrive with accountability, but my lizard brain is smart enough to not really care about fake accountability or deadlines. For me, there’s nothing more real than a to-do list and a battery icon that’s slowly ticking down.

Global pandemic edition: take my laptop out onto the deck or up into our spare bedroom and leave the charger in my office.

2. EVERY MORNING, WRITE DOWN ONE THING YOU’D BE PROUD OF YOURSELF FOR DOING.

Stolen from: Jessica Eley, JessicaEley.com

Some days, my brain will lie right to my face and tell me that it doesn’t know what we should work on that day. Other days – you know the ones – I just can’t find the motivation to start.

If I focus on coming up with one thing I’d be proud of checking off my list, it’s always something genuinely good for me: taking care of a sales tax payment, fitting in a workout, walking the dogs, folding my laundry, or getting ahead on a client project that’s not due for awhile.

Full disclosure: I didn’t steal this one, so much as I threw money at Jess to help me fix my brain. Her program, Prep Work: Business Edition, is the single greatest gift I’ve ever given myself (fine, therapy is tied for first place). I can’t stress enough how thoroughly I recommend clicking that (non-affiliate) link.

3. EASY > PRETTY.

Stolen from: Kendra Adachi, The Lazy Genius

I fell hard down the bullet journal rabbit hole – you know, the hand-lettering and the amazing graphic layouts and the color-coding – and the best day of my bujo life was the day I found this blog post.

If you’re also a paper planner person, bullet journal or otherwise, I know you know the pretty struggle. I have to remind myself often that

“EVERYTHING SHOULD BE MADE AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE, BUT NO SIMPLER.”

Stolen from: literally Einstein

This sums up my entire outlook on business organization and implementing task management apps like ClickUp, Asana, and Basecamp.

It’s important to develop a structure that works for your business and your brain – it’s just as important to make sure that you’re not overcomplicating that structure a) for the sake of using every single cool function that a platform offers or b) as a procrastination tactic to avoid your actual work.

What are the best productivity hacks you’ve stolen from smart people?

Come share with me on Instagram @sfe.studio!