From Zero to Hero: 6 Productivity Hacks That Will Fuel Your Success

Published 6. 9. 2023

Time is the great equalizer. Whether you're a Fortune 500 CEO or a startup founder, we all have the same 24 hours in a day. The question is, how do you make those hours count?

As a business owner, I've had my fair share of 16-hour workdays, endless meetings, and a never-ending to-do list. But over the years, I've honed a set of productivity hacks that have not only made me more effective but also more fulfilled.

Today, I'm sharing these with you.


“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst."

- William Penn

Table of Contents:
The Eisenhower Matrix: Power of Prioritization
The 2-Minute Rule: Small Steps Lead to Big Wins
The Pomodoro Technique: Work in Bursts, Rest in Peace
Time Blocking: Your Calendar is Your Best Friend
The 80/20 Principle: Focus on What Really Matters
Mindfulness: The Secret Sauce
Productivity is not about doing more; it's about being more


The Eisenhower Matrix: Power of Prioritization

Eisonhower Matrix Grid

Imagine you're a general on the battlefield.

You have limited resources and multiple fronts to defend. What do you do? You prioritize.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, has inspired the idea of distinguishing between urgent and important tasks. Later on, the actual matrix was created by Stephen Covey, a productivity expert and author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Take your time and read the book.

Eisenhower matrix is a simple 2x2 grid that helps you prioritize tasks based on their urgency and importance.


- Urgent and Important: Do it now.

- Important but Not Urgent: Schedule it.

- Urgent but Not Important: Delegate it.

- Neither Urgent nor Important: Eliminate it.


By using this matrix at the start of each day, I ensure that my energy is focused on what truly matters. To be clear: Focus on what will make you most effective, not just more productive.


The 2-Minute Rule: Small Steps Lead to Big Wins

How often do you procrastinate on tasks that seem too daunting to tackle? Enter the 2-Minute Rule. If a task takes less than two minutes, do it immediately. If it takes longer, break it down into smaller tasks that can be done in two minutes or less.


"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

- Lao Tzu


This rule is incredibly effective for overcoming inertia. Once you start, you'll find it easier to keep going. Small steps lead to big wins.


The Pomodoro Technique: Work in Bursts, Rest in Peace

25 minute of work, 5 minute break

Have you ever found yourself in a state of flow where time seems to fly by?

That's what the Pomodoro Technique aims to achieve. Named after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer, this method involves working in bursts of 25 minutes, followed by a 5-minute break. After four cycles, take a longer break of 15-30 minutes.

Why does this work?

Because it respects your brain's natural attention span and allows for restorative breaks. It's not about how long you work; it's about how effectively you use that time.


Time Blocking: Your Calendar is Your Best Friend

What gets scheduled gets done. Time blocking is the practice of allocating specific blocks of time for different activities. Instead of a to-do list, your day is a series of appointments with yourself. This ensures that you're not just busy, but productive.

Make sure to accommodate slots for deep work as well. Let them all know this time you are unavailable.


The 80/20 Principle: Focus on What Really Matters

Pareto principle

Also known as the Pareto Principle. The 80/20 rule states that 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts. Identify high-impact activities and focus on them. Eliminate, automate, or delegate the rest.


Mindfulness: The Secret Sauce

In our quest for productivity, we often overlook the power of mindfulness. Taking a few minutes each day to meditate will significantly improve your focus and decision-making skills.

Personally, I do not meditate in the usual sense. But when I drive home, I turn off the radio in my car. Sometimes I ride my bike or I like to mow the garden. Exercising is also a great way to keep your body and brain in shape.


"The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness."

- Jon Kabat-Zinn


Productivity is not about doing more; it's about being more

By applying these hacks, you're not just climbing the ladder of success; you're also finding a sense of purpose and fulfillment in your work.

Remember, the clock is ticking. But you're now armed with what works for me to make every second count.

I will see you in a next article.