5 easy productivity hacks to give you back your life

Mary Beth Hazeldine
5 min readMar 16, 2022
Photo by Andreas Klassen on Unsplash

In our fast-paced society, it’s all too easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day tasks and obligations that keep us from living our lives to the fullest. But what if I told you five simple productivity hacks that could help you take back control of your life?

This article will outline five easy ways to be more productive and regain some of your lost time. So read on — your new, productive life awaits!

1. Wake up earlier to have some peace and quiet before the day starts.

One of the best ways to start your day productively is waking up earlier than usual. This gives you some time for yourself before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. I like to wake up at least 1 hour earlier every day.

One good way to focus on yourself is to start your day with meditation to put you in a calm state of mind. This will help you concentrate better and be more productive throughout the day. There are plenty of guided meditations available online, or you can download an app like Headspace to get started. It doesn’t have to take long. I find that even a 10-minute meditation can produce excellent results.

You can use the remainder of the extra time you gain from getting up earlier to tackle your most important job. I find that doing the most critical task first gives you a huge sense of accomplishment that will stay with you and give you a positive mindset for the rest of the day.

This is a killer strategy to fend off procrastination. Do the most critical task first or the one you dread the most. Once it’s out of the way, you’ll feel so much better and have an easier time completing the rest of your tasks.

2. Set a specific goal for each day, and break it down into smaller tasks that can be completed quickly.

If you want to be productive, this will help you stay focused and on track throughout the day. So many times, our goals or plans for the day are just too vague. We might decide to work on “social media marketing.” But what does that mean? What outcome would you like to see by the end of the day, and how can you break that down into specific smaller tasks or…

Mary Beth Hazeldine

Chief Inspiration Officer, Spiritual Psychologist, Hypnotherapist, Writer, Chef, Dog Lover, Line Dancer, Ex-Banker, MBA— marybeth@marybethhazeldine.com