If you’re wondering why Grogu is eating a frog here, he probably knows a thing or 2 about being productive!

I have curated this list of productivity hacks so you can get more time back in your day. If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for ways to fit more stuff into your waking hours. We never seem to have enough time in the day so time management tips are always welcomed. Some work better than others for different people. Try a few and see if any of these can help provide some additional time in your day.


I thought it might be handy to separate these into Basic and Advanced productivity hacks. The basic ones are generally easier to begin using and don’t require too much of a learning curve. The more advanced ones may require the purchase of a tool, or be a big jump from what you’re used to doing, or it may require more time to learn (all of which could increase the length of time a task would take) until you get comfortable with it.

Try one or try them all. Implement the ones that work for you and toss the rest.

Basic Productivity Hacks

  1. Set Clear Goals: Define specific, achievable goals to give your work a sense of purpose and direction.
  2. Prioritize Tasks: Identify the most important tasks and focus on completing them first to maximize productivity.
  3. Unclutter Your Workspace: A clean and organized space for working can do wonders for keeping you on task. Comfortable furniture, a clutter-free desktop, motivational quotes, proper lighting, and calming décor are all ways to make your workspace more conducive to productivity.
  4. Use a Task Management System: Utilize a digital or physical system to keep track of your tasks, deadlines, and priorities. This can be as simple as a paper & pen daily to-do checklist or something more elaborate. Find the system that works best for you. (For me, I’m all about my paper planners!)
  5. Break Tasks into Smaller Steps: Divide large tasks into smaller, more manageable mini tasks to prevent overwhelm and project paralysis. This can also help to increase focus.
  6. Practice Time Blocking: Allocate specific time slots for different activities or tasks to create structure.
  7. Eliminate Multitasking: Concentrate on one task at a time to improve focus and productivity.
  8. Leverage the Power of Deadlines: Set realistic deadlines for your tasks to increase motivation and maintain a sense of urgency.
  9. Minimize Distractions: Create a dedicated work environment free from distractions like social media notifications or noisy surroundings.
  10. Take Regular Breaks: Schedule short breaks during intense work sessions to recharge and maintain mental focus.
  11. Practice Mindfulness and Meditation: Incorporate mindfulness and meditation into your routine to improve concentration and reduce stress.
  12. Delegate Tasks: If possible, delegate tasks to others to free up time for more critical responsibilities.
  13. Set SMART Goals: Establish Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound goals. Clear goals provide direction and motivation, making your work more purposeful.
  14. Batch Similar Tasks: Group similar tasks together to streamline your workflow and minimize context-switching.
  15. Implement the 2-Minute Rule: If a task takes less than two minutes, do it immediately rather than adding it to your to-do list. (This is one of my absolute favorites!)
  16. Limit Meeting Time: Set clear agendas, stick to time limits, and only attend necessary meetings to avoid wasting time.
  17. Cultivate a Growth Mindset: A growth mindset is crucial for continuous improvement and increased productivity. Embrace challenges, view setbacks as learning opportunities, and seek ways to expand your knowledge and skills.
  18. Optimize Your Email Management: Set specific times to check and respond to emails, unsubscribe from unnecessary subscriptions, and utilize filters and folders to organize your inbox.
  19. Practice Active Listening: When engaging in conversations or meetings, focus on actively listening and taking notes to improve understanding and retention.
  20. Reflect and Review: Take time at the end of each day or week to review your progress, assess your productivity, and make adjustments as needed.
  21. Prioritize Self-Care: Take care of your physical and mental well-being. Get enough sleep, exercise regularly, eat healthily, and make time for relaxation. When you prioritize self-care, you have the energy and focus needed to be productive.

Advanced Productivity Hacks

  1. Eat the Frog: Start your day by tackling the most challenging or dreaded task—the “frog.” By accomplishing it early, you eliminate procrastination and gain momentum for the rest of the day.
  2. Inbox Zero: Careful with this one…it has been known to spark some serious debates about it’s effectiveness. (For the record, I’m a huge proponent of Inbox Zero for my work emails; My personal email accounts are an entirely different story!)
  3. Embrace Technology: Discover how productivity apps and software can help increase your productivity (after the learning curve of using a new tool). Task management apps, project management software, and other tools can help streamline your workflow and keep you organized.
  4. Use Keyboard Shortcuts: Learn and utilize keyboard shortcuts to save time while navigating through software and applications.
  5. Automate Repetitive Tasks: Explore automation tools or macros to automate repetitive and time-consuming tasks. Create templates that can be reused and simplify a process for you or make it more efficient.
  6. The 80/20 Rule: Also known as the Pareto Principle, this rule suggests that 20% of your efforts yield 80% of the results. Identify the most important tasks and focus your energy on those to maximize productivity.
  7. Pomodoro Technique: Break your work into focused intervals, typically 25 minutes of work followed by a 5-minute break. After completing four cycles, take a longer break. This method helps maintain concentration and prevents burnout.
  8. Practice Deep Work: Create an environment free from distractions and immerse yourself in focused, uninterrupted work. This allows you to accomplish more in less time and produce higher-quality output.


There you have it! 29 Productivity Hacks to transform your daily routine and give you an edge in improving your time management. How many of these were you already using? Were there any techniques in this list that you never heard of before? I’d love to hear about any of your productivity tips that were not mentioned in this list. Share them in the comments below or on our Social Channels.


As a wife for over 30 years, a mother, and grandmother, Trinity has extensive experience managing all things family and household. She is an expert at being a woman (though not always a lady!) and hopes to inspire and empower other women. From practical financial advice, and productivity hacks to effective planning tips, and a love for adventure, Trinity provides it all from a fresh perspective that aims to bridge the gap between youthful enthusiasm and mature wisdom.