We all would want it. Being more productive. Getting more done. Having a bigger impact. Especially me, I hate being unproductive and want to have a meaningful day. Recently I've stumbled across a little trick I've taught myself. I fool myself by cramping a lot of work into a small period of time, ahead of the actual work time. So instead of putting a task in one time block, I do 10 or 20% of the work in the time block before. Although it may only be 20% of the actual work, I feel like I did 80% of the stress. This leads to me getting more done, but more importantly I've been experiencing more peace of mind.
HOW TO FOOL YOURSELF
First, get clear on what you want to achieve for a certain task of project. Second, get a quick head start the day or time block before your actual planning. So if you planned to get going on task B after lunch, start with it before lunch and after task A. Third, don't bother too much with the quality but just get going. Fourth, don't stop until you hit a certain marker you've set earlier like a number of words or general concept. Fifth, stop or take break. After this I notice than I'm set for the rest of the ride. As long as I get the first draft, version or basics out of my head I'm good. I can sort off relax and finish it in a normal pace. This first draft is most of the time a complete mess, but that's alright. I can continue the next day or after my break with more peace of mind and it ends up being of a greater quality with less stress. Win-Win.
ITS A GAME
Whatever you do, don't take yourself or productivity to serieus. It's a game you should play. Maybe I don't even spend less time on the total task, but it's of a better quality and with more peace of mind. In my book, that's being more productive and having more fun. Enjoy.