Looking for an effective way to get productive during work days? Here’s the exact strategy I use to get more done in only two hours than most people do in a whole day.
Between running this blog, copywriting for creative entrepreneurs, and creating new products, 24 hours would never have been enough if I hadn’t developed a productivity strategy for myself.
I spend 7 hours tapping away at my keyboard on a typical day. And since I’m low on creative energy in the afternoons (when the sun is up in the sky), that means I need to do the majority of my daily tasks by 11 a.m. while sorting out breakfast, doing light cleanings, and getting ready for work.
But, thanks to this productivity sprint I’m about to share with you, I get 70% of my daily tasks done in the morning within only two hours. So, for the rest of the day, I only attend to the remaining 30% of my tasks.
So, if you never feel like you do enough despite the long hours you spend working, this one strategy will change your life. By following this 2-hour productivity sprint technique, you can get more work done in only 2 hours than most people do in their entire day.
Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Before the 2-hour productivity sprint
My productivity sprint happens in the morning. But there are some preparations I make every night to make my work easier when I wake up.
1. Clean my workspace
Every evening after the close of work, I block out 15 minutes of my time to clean and organize my workspace. I’m an overthinker with ADHD who is a paper-and-pen kind of person. That means my thought process is elaborate and somewhat messy, enough to leave pieces of paper and colored cards all over my desk.
And I can’t think when my space is rough. Catch-22, right? Haha. So, in preparation for my 2-hour sprint the next morning, I make sure my desk is clean and organized—laptop on stand, pen in cups, colored cards and post-it notes in files, and A4 papers in my drawer.
2. Sleep early
I believe proper rest is necessary for improved productivity. My sleep schedule is from 10:30 pm to 6:00 am.
When you work during the day, you need adequate sleep for your body to truly rest and regain its strength. But sometimes, you can get distracted by Netflix, late-night chats, and work emails. To avoid any form of distraction, I created a bedtime routine that allows me to sleep on time.
3. Schedule my tasks ahead
Every night, I write down a list of tasks (and I keep them small) for the following morning in my work planner. It gives me a sense of purpose and direction on the steps to start my day.
These daily tasks aren’t my only focus. I have a vision board in my workspace to track and remind myself of my weekly, quarterly, and yearly plans.
However, creating a simple list of tasks every day keeps my ADHD in check and allows me to find opportunities for quick wins and self-motivation.
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My two-hour productivity sprint
I’m most efficient in the mornings—specifically, between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m.
When I wake up in the morning, after my prayer and journaling, I spend the first hour getting sh*t done before I get into cleaning, cooking, and bathing.
So, here’s what my 2-hour productivity sprint looks like:
1. Spray the room with a calm scent
There’s something deodorant does to me. I’m a perfume and air spray collector. At the moment, I have about 12 different bottles. If I’m having a hard time falling asleep, don’t like the vibe in my room, or want to get into a certain mood, I spray my blanket, room, or body.
This is what I do every morning before my work sprint. I spray my workspace to get me ready to be calm and thoughtful.
2. Set a timer for two hours
I like to track time to measure my productivity or typing speed. It gives me room to appreciate and improve my skills. Also, setting a timer helps me know when to stop and get on with my morning routine.
So, I use a Pomodoro by Toggl Track in tandem with my iPhone timer to set a timer for 2 hours. The app makes no sound but documents the time tracked, while my iPhone timer rings once the time is up.
3. Put my phone in DND mode
I have ADHD, so I require specific focus activities like putting my phone on Do Not Disturb mode and stamping post-it notes on my desk or on my computer to remind me of my tasks and the order they follow.
This keeps me focused and rid of distractions such as calls, messages, and social media push notifications.
4. Focus on the bigger tasks
Then, I get into the main task(s) of the day and try to be done in 2 hours.
I turn on my computer and focus on bigger tasks, such as writing a blog post, working on a copywriting project, or planning social media captions. The reason I focus on tasks that require more creative thinking, time, and attention first is because once they’re solved, the rest of the list is easy.
Note: I focus on bigger, not harder, tasks. I don’t like back-end setups or email automation. For me, they are hard. I dedicate special periods to tackling tasks like this, as they can take me the whole day.
So in the afternoons, I can attend to other—more visual, less brainpower—tasks like designing graphics, organizing calendars, and replying to DMs and emails.
Final thoughts: My 2-hour early morning productivity sprint
This sprint has been my secret productivity weapon for almost 3 years now.
Now, I understand that we aren’t the same. So, discover your most productive hours. If you’re a night owl, your productivity sprint could be at night.
You can take cues from this to build a strategy that fits your preferences and schedule, but ensure that you commit to 2 hours of work focus during your most productive time. Doing this long enough will become a habit that helps you get more done in less time.