HOW TO: Be Productive

Posted by Ani Blinova on December 05, 2017


Coming upon the new year, we have a bunch of projects coming up here at Wink! We cannot wait to share them with you! In order to get everything together for our new product launches, we have had to seriously buckle down and cross of as much as humanly possible on our to-do lists to turn them into DONE lists.


Here are some of my favorite life hacks that I use to get as much done as humanly possible in a short amount of time. I hope you can incorporate some of these to get those last-minute tasks done before the end of 2017!


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As the saying goes, if you have time to meditate, you should take about 5-10 minutes out of your day to do so. If you don't have time to meditate, you should take about 15-20 minutes, at a minimum. Meditation and slow breathing are not super simple tasks (it takes WORK), but with the help of apps like Calm and Headspace, it's easier than ever to do. The results will seep into every aspect of your life. So, maybe this December, we can all Nama-SLEIGH.

Set up a schedule

I am Monica Geller in non-TV-show form. I love a good list, calendar, schedule, and anything else that can offer organization. My favorite ways to organize include:

  • Using and abusing my Google Calendar
  • Using Asana to create goal-specific tasks related to certain projects to keep myself organized for each of my goals/projects.

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Utilize Tomatoes

I have to credit the team at Intelligent Change for teaching our entire team this method. Working on one single task in 25-minute intervals called "Pomodoros" (named after the tomato-shaped timer of the inventor of this method) has increased productivity in the Wink office tenfold.

It's super easy to implement. Pick one task (maybe a task that you assigned to yourself using Asana) and only focus on this one tasks for 25 minute intervals. Set a timer on your phone, put that phone on airplane mode so it doesn't chime and disturb you, and close that distracting e-mail app and social media tab.

[I'm currently doing this with this blog post ;)]

Once those 25 minutes are up, take a break, grab some food (more on that below), and then set another Pomodoro when you're ready to kick more butt.

Use food as fuel

I've discussed how I use food to help alleviate my stress levels when things feel haywire, and I have learned to do the same with increasing productivity. During some of my Pomodoro breaks, I'll venture into the kitchen and see what kind of snack I can treat myself with to keep going. Doesn't everyone need a snack at 3:00PM? And 3:25...and 3:50....

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My favorite good-quality snacks include mixed unsalted nuts, good quality dark chocolate, and a piping hot Matcha latte. Matcha is an excellent replacement for coffee and has great mental and physical benefits. It definitely keeps me going all afternoon long.


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If you're dairy-free like myself and Gabe, then chances are you're not regularly consuming Vitamin-D fortified cow's milk. Does this mean that you're Vitamin D deficient? NOPE. Our super cool bodies make Vitamin D naturally when exposed to sunlight. To get your daily dose, take a little walk outside during a Pomodoro break! Walk to get that Matcha latte, go run an errand during the day, and just step out to get fresh air. It's amazing how much you'll be able to knock out upon your return. Sunlight is magic, man.


What are your favorite ways to handle a packed schedule and to-do list?