7 Highly Effective People Reveal Their Favorite Productivity Hacks

Warning: if you're always feeling highly productive, know your goals and priorities and not even the combination of crying babies, barking dogs and unreliable internet connection could distract you, this episode is not for you. Everyone else, read on. 

Staying produtive all the time is hard, especially is you don't have a boss and coworkers in the same room to hold you accountable. There's just too much distraction.

The Thrive Themes / ActiveGrowth marketing team is fully remote and has no office. Sounds like a dream, doesn't it? Well, not so much when it comes to productivity. When you can work from whichever timezone and location you want, (my most random location was an Uber in Vegas), without any of your co-workers around you, you have to develop some extreme self-discipline and focus to get shit done. 

In today's episode, we all gathered around to share with you how we keep our habits, stay on top of our duties and get quality work done, even when nothing else is stable in our daily lives.

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In This Episode, You'll Discover...

  • How you can stay focused, avoid going down rabbit holes and ship fast if you're a perfectionist.
  • How to avoid the CURSE OF KNOWLEDGE and go overboard with your online course that will appeal to nobody.
  • The importance of habits, sleep and why you should stick to the same sleep schedule no matter what - even if it doesn't mean waking up at 6:00 a.m.
  • How a one-second distraction can jeopardize your productivity for longer than you think.
  • The power of the checklist - stay on top of what you need to do the whole day.
  • Tips to finding the best wifi in town - trust us, it's more important for your productivity than that bulletproof coffee you're chasing!
  • The ultimate deep work mode: staying offline even if you think you can't possible do that. (what are we, medieval peasants?!)
  • The digital nomad version of Pavlovian conditioning - how you can travel with your usual working enviroment even if all you have is a backpack.
  • How to manage your team and keep them accountable if they're all remote - including you.

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What Are Your Best Productivity Hacks?

What do you do to stay productive even when it's hard? Have you tried any of the tools we mention in the episode? Do you have your favorite tried-and-tested methods?

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About the Author Alexandra Kozma

Alexandra is a traveling marketer. When she is not editing podcast calls or writing blog posts, she's out there exploring a new city. She's the creator of the Morning Mindset journal.

  • Kronda says:

    Team! I’m loving this episode and if you don’t know about Workfrom, you really need to know about Workfrom! https://workfrom.co Find the best places to work remotely all over the world. Find the wifi speeds, hours, menu options etc. Started by good friends of mine right here in Portland, OR.

    Enjoy and happy working.

  • Keith Sager says:

    Hey guys, love this podcast!
    So valuable, plus I enjoyed getting to know each of you a little bit better.

    I’d like to share a tool I use, as it relates to your segment discussing the elimination of small, repetitive steps that waste “ram.”

    I use a Chrome extension called One Tab (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/onetab/chphlpgkkbolifaimnlloiipkdnihall) that allows you to “zip up” an entire (Chrome)browser FULL of open tabs into a “start page” under a single tab, that you can save for later use. Each of the formerly opened tabs has its own direct link, whether internet, localhost or local files.

    For me, it is perfect tool to create a breadcrumb trail as I research new topics for niche sites, blog articles, etc. And once research is done and the project is started, I can use it to create a start page that allows me to remain topic & task focused.

    Highly rated, 1000s & 1000s of users… it’s a solid productivity tool. I am not affiliated with the tool in any way shape or form… just want to share value with those I value. :) All the Best.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you very much, Keith!

      Thank you for the tip about One Tab. Sounds like a great time saver, especially for the tab hoarders among us. :D

  • Francesco says:

    Thanks to all for these wonderful productivity tips!
    @Shane Please you recommended Asana in your 5 productivity hacks videos but in this podcast you said you use Trello for your 3 most important priorities. Don’t you use Asana or how do you use both?

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hello Francesco,

      I’ve since switched from Asana to Trello, yes. They’re both good, but I prefer Trello for teamwork. I’ll be publishing some tutorials on how I use it, in the near future.

  • Kronda says:

    I just noticed Workfrom in the show notes, not sure if I missed that before or you added after my earlier comment. Based on the music discussion, I’m also going to recommend focusatwill.com Great music that is scientifically geared to put your brain in the zone. They even have a specific track geared towards people with ADHD.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your recommendations, Kronda!

      Yes, WorkFrom is one of the resources we definitely recommend for digital nomads. Very useful. :)

  • Guillaume says:

    Hi guys,

    Thanks for this cool episode. I’d like to add 2 more tips :

    1. The first one is an extension for Chrome called “StayFocusd” that allow limiting the time spend on non-productive website. It’s fully customizable and effective.

    2. The second, on a lighter note, is never check the extensions that need to be updated in WordPress, otherwise if you see a Thrive plugin that needs update you’ll be like “Oh cool ! What have those guys added as new feature ? I NEED to check now !!”

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Haha, thank you Guillaume!

      StayFocused is a great tool, yes. Good addition!

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