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5 Basic Tips To Get In A Productive Groove

Posted September 9, 2012 by Melissa Foster in On the Ladder

Flow is key.

With it, we feel a rhythm that is pleasing to the soul.

And with it, our life isn’t filled with procrastination, distraction, overwhelm, missed deadlines, etc. Things just come together well.

Without it, well…we’re pretty much hot messes.

Here are 5 basic tips to get and stay in a productive groove on a daily basis:

1) Practice a morning mini-routine

Spend 2-5 minutes EVERY morning to decide what tasks are priority that day – and map out when you’re going to work on what. (Actually plug time blocks into your calendar!)

Set your day up right with this simple tip because just slamming into your day is a guaranteed way to waste time and create disappointment/frustration for yourself.

2) Take the emotion out of work

Set your emotions to the side. It’s time to put your head down and go.

If attention is given to your emotions, productivity will go out the window. There is a time and place to give attention to your emotions, but it isn’t during work.

3) Set a timer

Each time you sit down to work on a project or through a list of tasks, set a timer. This will help keep you focused and on track.

Setting a timer allows you to become hyper-focused. You don’t have to keep an eye the clock (to ensure you aren’t late for your next scheduled thing). You can totally sink in the the task at hand and be pulled out of your “zone” when you’re timer goes off.

4) Prevent distractions

Before you’ve set a timer to work deeply on something, make sure to shut down any dings, rings, or pings that could divert your attention.

After your timer goes off, THEN you can check to see what you’ve missed! Until then – forget it!

5) Flex your gratitude muscle

At least once a day, devote 5 minutes to experiencing gratitude. Not just thinking it, but let it wash over you. FEELING it is what matters.

A great time to do this is at night. Pull out a tablet (paper or digital) and reflect on the day. List out everything you’re grateful for and WHY. The “why” is what helps gratitude hit on a deeper-feeling level.

This habit will keep your perspective positive, allowing you to stay in a good flow.


As you implement this stuff into your days, you’ll begin to notice an undercurrent of flow in your life and a boost in your productivity. And who doesn’t want that?!


About the Author

Melissa Foster

A productivity consultant for startups founders and entrepreneurs, Melissa Foster is on a mission to help her clients and readers create flow in their lives... and get big things done. A certified life coach, Melissa's hyper-focused, energetic approach is coupled with wisdom, warmth, and wit. You can get more from Melissa by visiting her website.