6 Life Tips That Will Make You More Productive

Over the years I’ve developed simple work and life habits that have helped me get things done. I’d like to share six of those with you now.

1. Do work in blocks of one hour

Your brain can not handle continuous, neverending work. Like a muscle that becomes tired of exertion, it needs frequent periods of rest. Therefore you should only do work in blocks of one hour. During this hour, do not check your phone for messages, do not go on the internet, and do not socialize. The hour is sacred in that you must stay on your task until the timer says you are done. Even if you don’t want to do the work, you are only allowed to stare blankly at the task before you instead of seeking out entertainment or distraction.

This is the main strategy I use to write books. A significant portion of my one hour blocks is spent staring at the blinking cursor on my screen, but I prevent myself from doing anything else. It actually happens that staring becomes more boring than working, so gradually I pile words onto the document. Compare that to most normal people who perform work in short 10 or 15 minute increments. It takes them 3 hours to do 1 genuine hour of work.

2. Be deliberate, slow, and thoughtful in every task you perform

You should be as focused on performing trivial tasks as important ones because this trains your brain to work at high levels. Otherwise, lazy thinking and poor performance will seep into the tasks that you actually want to perform well at.

I dislike cleaning my apartment, but the energy I put into it is the same as writing this article. I clean slowly and thoroughly, knowing that this is training for other tasks that have more weight in life. Rushing also causes you to make mistakes, often prolonging the task longer than if you did it carefully in the first place. Creating a habit of excellency means you have to do everything excellently, no matter how trivial. Even when I wash dishes by hand, I make sure to do a first-rate job. If anything is worth doing in life, it’s worth doing right.

3. Have a readily accessible to-do list that you constantly update

On my laptop I use an old version of Google Desktop that has a To Do List module. It stays on top of my screen so that I can constantly see the tasks that I have to perform. Before I go to bed, I have all the tasks lined up for the next day, so that when I wake up there is no doubt about what I have to do. This list is always within view so that I can never “forget” my work. If there is one thing in life that I voluntarily enslave myself to, it’s this list, because it makes me extremely productive on the projects I want to complete.

4. Schedule more work than you’re capable of

The less work I schedule for the next day, the less likely I am able to complete them. When I wake up and see that my list is light, the slacking begins immediately. I know that I have much time to complete everything, so my brain allows me to dick around. Next thing I know it’s the end of the day and I haven’t finished everything.

On the other hand, when I wake up and see a crushing list of tasks, I get to work immediately, fearful that I may not finish them. Even if I don’t finish it all, I may end up doing twice as much work than if I scheduled a light day. Slacking begets slacking, and if you want to get a lot done, simply overwhelm yourself with work. Since you know you don’t have a minute to spare, you refuse to take “5 minute breaks” that prolong into hours.

5. Settle your mind before undertaking difficult tasks

In the past I recommended watching episodes of Seinfeld to get ready to chat with girls, since it gets your mind primed for talking. You should also prime your mind for hard tasks. The most reliably way is book reading, which acts as a transfer station for deeper focus. Read a book for 15-30 minutes to calm your mind and then immediately start your one hour block of work. With time you won’t need these training wheels. For example, if I now want to approach a girl, I can do it cold without any prior warm-up, but this the result of many years of practice. Use a warm up until you get to that point.

6. In times of stress, write down what is bothering you

Things tend to go wrong simultaneously. You were coasting along fine and then suddenly everything is turning upside down. You feel dread and anxiety, making it difficult to get through the day. Alleviating this is quite simple. Simply grab a piece of paper and make a list of everything that is bothering you. Then for each item write the next possible action you can perform to resolve it. Sometimes this means making a telephone call or simply waiting for a certain date to arrive. Within a day of writing the list, your anxiety will decrease because having concrete steps acts as a balm to anxiety, an emotional state that often arises from helplessness. The list takes away that helplessness and gets you through rough patches.

So these are my six habits that I’ve learned over the years and which are intertwined into my life. When you are seeing the results of my labor, you are actually seeing the above habits in action. I see no reason why men can’t implement them into their lives as well.

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Nguyen Improved
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good stuff

Juliette
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My farts smell cleaner than the shitty hate speech articles!

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Yes indeed

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This is just what I needed to set me straight. It’s so easy to get distracted these days. I’m now searching the internet for a To Do List app.

Uncle Roosh, you have given me direction once again.

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you need mental counselling.

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I use the computer for design work and instead of getting up and moving around often piss away my energy posting comments.

Here’s a writing productivity tip that I profiled in a Spearhead essay “Price Drop on AlphaSmart NEO” :

http://www.the-spearhead.com/2013/03/30/price-drop-on-alphasmart-neo

Since that essay they have sadly gone out of production but you can now pick one up on ebay for about $40. I ordered a spare a couple days ago.

I showed it to my brothers recently, specifically my novel-writing brother (he has actually published a novel in the teen-angst genre) thinking he would love the simplicity of it vs his cluttered-ass laptop. But it was my other brother who was intrigued and bought one off ebay. He said it looked like it had never been used. Now he writes on it every day to collect his thoughts and organize his tasks.

Would Steinbeck, Faulkner, Hemingway or countless other giants have used a laptop?

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Quote: “Would Steinbeck, Faulkner, Hemingway or countless other giants have used a laptop?”

I would say definitely. Almost everyone, including artists and writers tend to use the same technology that is available to them in any given period of history. We also tend to over romanticize the past a bit.

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Never underestimate the power of a good cup of coffee on your productivity. When I don’t want to write code, I make a boiling hot cup of coffee, take a few sips, and suddenly the code starts to appear on my computer. Works every time.

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>five habits

Six

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Brilliant. It’s kept positive, I can take something from it, it involves life experiences plus it’s relatable. Keep em comin’

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Being a woman in Toronto rocks, too bad misogynist men are foxes calling the grapes sour. Most of you fancy to exploit innocent female children abroad and thank God the Canadian government is doing something about prosecuting child molestation abroad.

By the looks of the posts made by the author and the comments section, the RCMP should take a look into the hard drives and bank account movements of these posters!

Paedophilia is sickening, and I am disgusted to read some of those atrocious, barbaric and misogynist comments made by regular posters! Do you even have children. Urggg!!! I hate Sick twisted paedos. The age of consent should be set worldwide at least age 21 to protect our women from oppressive males.

Christopher Bear
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whats this gotta do with me? just be cool lady daaaaaaaaaaamn

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Youre a agitator and troll. White women are crazy.

Roosh ban this clown.

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this dude is rather legit

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My farts generate more mulah than this ghost town of a misogynist blog!

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Supposedly it’s better if you work in segments of 90 minutes (undestracted) and then take 10-15′ minutes off. You can stick with the sixty minutes in your #1 item, but I notice my productive streak runs longer.

Regarding the to-do list in #3: go and create your own matrix of productivity like Stephen Covey proposed.

#6 is an excellent proposal. Very good if you find yourself bothered by a sleepless night and a head full of ideas. Draining those to a notepad works miracles for your night’s rest.

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This is great.
Thanks for sharing.

Juliette
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Are you a cyberbully who hates Toronto women?

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These tips are excellent. I normally don’t give praise like this either

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mISOGYNIST HATE SPEECH IS CYBERBULLYING ARE YOU a Cyberbully who harasses women and women’s rights leaders from Toronto? Jail is your onlyoption.

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The farts frm my white bubbly butt spews better rhetoric than ths misogynist, women-hater website… most of yOu pick-Up morons dont evn earn 10% of my earnings get lost loser Im good in Toronto.

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how dare u hate Toronto women are u jellous that we r successful?

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A misogynist is someone who hates, dislikes or is prejudiced against women. Most of the comments section is misogynist, and I’m a uppermiddle class female from Toronto who feels that her rights are violated……Can the website kindly refrain from making such hateful remarks about our women?????

Remember what Hitler did to 6 million Jews in Germany,,,,,,,mmmy grandmother died in Dachau!!! The hatred of women is no different than Nazi hate speech!

The Nazi soldiers, males, assaulted my grandmother. lATER on ThE nazis tied a rope on her neck and shoved her into a fireplace, and they took turns in forcefully penetrating her….the screams were louder than an airplane…..she died from the burns but while she was dying the Nazis continued to rape her.

DO YOU MORONS SEE WHAT HATE CAUSES?!!!!!

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Dumbass-have you read what the Jews/BOlsheviks did to Ukranians and other slavs in the Holdomor-60 million dead white people by a Jew controlled government.

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Are you insane?!!! I’ve screen saved your comment to forward to the Ontario Humans Rights Tribunal and Jewish rights organizations.

Silly misogynists, anti-Semitic to boot. tsk tsk.

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Youre such a Commie. You come on here with your inflamatory remarks-total troll.

DO you even know about Wall Street and the funding of the Bolshevik revolution?

Semetic people arent Khazars read Shlomo Sands book
“The Invention of The Jewish People”

in America, we have the 1st Amendment, Canada sucks and so do all socialist pinkos.

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i HAVE A right to do whAt I want to do with my vagina and butt, if a man hates me because my butt is cleaner and bubbly he is a hater….I have a clean butt and u men can’t have it because you hate women! Women hating is your downfall…why blame Toronto women? Is it because we have better opportunity and are smarter than the third world children you exploit abroad you sick paedophiles!

We women make better leaders, investors, teachers, businesswomen and writers. Why all the hate on Toronto women? We distrust rapists,paedophiles and unemployed dudes so who are you to judge us? You can go abroad to exploit women, but we have a great Canadian government to investigate your movements abroad and online YOU PERVS!

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This is proof Toronto sucks. Roosh was right.

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Fox calling the grapes sour. Jealous much? Roosh makes opinions which thread on hate speech and cyberbullying of women, a bunch of fake opinions and misogyny.

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Valizadeh

How about some concepts to make real money location independent?

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The RCMP should investigate Cedric for conspiracy to launder money and exploit innocent children! POLICE!

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To make it clear—I do not hate men. I hate men who preach hate speech. Many manospher bloggers hate Toronto women because we are successful and more beautiful! We have better access to jobs, opportunities and healthcare, but if you are a lazy male you cannot blindly blame Toronto women for your mental issues! 1939 a crazy misogynist and anti-Semitic male preached hate speech on the Jewish people. 2014 men are hating Israel for no reason although Jerusalem is the Holy Land.

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Who are you to judge Toronto women? There is enough evidence to show that this specific website is nothing but an endorsement for exploiting women and children. The RCMP have been informed about some of the comments made on previous articles about anti-Semitism, misogyny, cyberbullying and conspiring to commit foreign acts of child abuse.

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Have you ever read Getting Things Done Roosh? The title says it all but its a decent book, explaining how to get oneself organised.

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I read this book many years ago. Got some good tips from it but didn’t implement the system.

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This is good information. Thank you.

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I hate to admit this, but giving up game and women is the best productivity booster for me. Man, can they both suck up your time and distract you from worthy projects.

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I came with the same conclusion , but recently I follow simple strategy which goes very will so far which make weekends only for women and fun, weekdays only for work, fitness and improve productivity.

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I also have to agree. Living in a place like Bangkok you can really jump off the deep end if you have no self control.
Drinking every night, fucking several chicks a day, blowing money like crazy. While it’s fun, these activities do not make me money.
You have to be able to say – NOT NOW. Turning off the phone is great for productivity. Also, spank it first thing in the morning haha.

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Number 2 is golden for me- I have recently learned by accident just to slow down and be mindful, even in just writing notes for myself and clarifying my thoughts. Thank you Roosh.

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Finally, my kind of post and it was perfect!! Especially 1,3 and 4.

But I like to have a fail safe I like to call “#7 – Throw money at the problem and sign up for a class.”

Whenever my to-do list piles up with things like build a new website, create new art to sell, write more, learn to cook new things, work out more, etc. I know my best bet is to pay for a class that has a concrete time commitment dedicated towards the pursuit. Even if the class isn’t perfectly aligned to my goal, it still allows for meeting new people and being a more productive human after work than just hitting up happy hour and going home to Netflix.

Roosh, I know you think the more educated a woman is the uglier she gets, but your male readers might benefit from going to a university/community college for some creative courses. They’d be killing a whole bunch of birds with one stone, be more productive, learn new things, be around young women, socialize with said women (easy opener if you’re talking about the subject you’re both in, it won’t even be creepy.) If you want good odds I highly recommend Art History and Drawing classes. 9:1 females to males and that one male is usually gay. Though Studio Art girls are not usually all that well groomed, so maybe just stick to Art History and Graphic Design. Guitar classes might be a good way to go too, every guy benefits from learning how to play the guitar and I’m guessing that Taylor Swift probably got a lot more pretty girls signing up for that class too. Fitness classes are more tricky, I think it’s weird or too obvious when I see a guy in a zumba/yoga class but crossfit gets more muscular/masculine girls. Spinning seems like the only winner thus far. Anyways, my #7 should really be your #1 on the productivity life tips! smile

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This article is absolute gold! Thank you for this.

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In the case of one hour blocks and writing, it seems like I’ll get in the equivalent of half a page a day with fiction, on a good day, but this is because I’m trying as hard as I can to write as though I wouldn’t need revision.

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This is really handy. I’ve been needing something like this for a while.

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Good stuff!

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I’ve always done #2 and #6, going way back to when I was a teen. I learned to do #3, and found it did give me a focus. Overall, it’s good to set goals, be they short OR long-term.

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Jordan Mechner (Creator of Prince of Persia, Karateka) has a different approach.

Quoting:

“It turns out that some of the most productive and successful people I
know still write longhand. Screenwriters write on index cards and big
rolls of paper, the way I did in elementary school. One dictates his
first drafts out loud and has an assistant transcribe them. Game
designers and directors scribble on whiteboards and in notebooks. And
some of these people were born after 1980.

For myself, I’ve found that I spend the vast majority of my working
computer time staring at the screen in a state of mind that falls
somewhere within the gray spectrum from “passive/reactive” to
“sporadically/somewhat productive,” and in which a few minutes can
stretch unnoticed into a quarter-hour, or a couple of hours, without
breaking the seamless self-delusion that because I am at my desk, at my
computer, I am therefore working.”

http://jordanmechner.com/blog/2013/08/why-i-write-longhand/

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You mean checking my Facebook/Twitter/email and making snarky comments won’t work? Need that ‘mine fix.

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Great post. I cracked up when I read “A significant portion of my one hour blocks is spent staring at the blinking cursor on my screen”. Haha I’m guilty of that as well! But I believe deep thought is part of the process.
In regards to
#6. In times of stress, write down what is bothering you… I read that Bruce Lee used to write down his fears on small pieces of paper and burn them. I know, it sounds like some voodoo bullshit but it works. Clear your mind then burn that shit.

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Great article Roosh. So simple yet so effective. I love how you share much of your knowledge for free on this site instead of writing another book about it. Your advice on life is greatly appreciated.