Hackers Digest #27: Love Your Crap Work


Welcome to this week’s edition of the Hackers Digest, a feature that explores some of the more exciting ideas about productivity that emerged over the past several days. We explore every nook and cranny of the Internet to find the six best hacks and productivity stories of the week so you don’t have to.

Here’s what we discovered this week:

1. Are you a marketer drowning in work? 19 tools to boost your productivity.

Any digital marketer will tell you the same thing: During any given week, it can seem impossible to find the time to get everything done. Luckily, there are a slew of other digital marketers who exist. They all share your problems. And some of them take the extra step to propose potential remedies. For example, if you regularly have to manage freelance writers, you may find that using the collaboration platform Trello can help make that process a whole lot easier. Do you use HubSpot as a content management system? If so, here’s a pro tip: Instead of highlighting text and navigating over to the drop-down menu to change text into a headline, hit Command+2 on a Mac or Control+2 on a PC to adjust the case a lot quicker. More on those tips—and 17 others—are over at Business2Community.

2. Your sleep habits may be crushing your productivity.

It’s impossible to reach your full potential at the office if you didn’t get good sleep the night before. Sure, you may be able to slowly make your way through a series of tasks. But you’re certainly not going to enter the Flow State and knock everything out of the park. Do you find yourself not getting enough sleep on a regular basis? If so, you may be guilty of a variety of habits that are steadfastly working against you. You might watch TV as you’re falling asleep, which is a big no-no. You might stay in bed lying awake when you can’t fall asleep, which is not recommended. You might sleep with pets in the bed, which could also be hurting your sleep. Learn more about how to sleep better over at SitePoint.

3. How entrepreneurs can get more done.

Entrepreneurs are always running around, trying to tackle a million things at once every day. So any time a story pops up promising to help these visionaries be more productive, we think it’s worth our while to share it. William Vanderbloemen put together a list of five productivity hacks he believes will help entrepreneurs take their game to the next level. For starters, if you’re still scheduling your own meetings, you’re doing it wrong. It’s high time you get a virtual assistant—or at least use a virtual booking tool that takes care of your calendar for you. Instead of spending time setting a team meeting agenda, you can always go the open source route by asking your employees what they think should be covered. Those tips and others are over at Forbes.

4. Hack your mind for productivity.

Anything written about productivity often touches on the fact that there never seem to be enough hours in the day. But what if increasing productivity wasn’t about getting better at managing your time? What if you could thoroughly increase your output by simply managing your brain better—or at least differently? Indeed, mind management might be the ticket to enhanced effectiveness. How does one go about achieving it? For starters, you need to ask yourself what kind of work needs to be done right away. You also need to figure out if your mental state is conducive to that work. If it’s not, you have to find out what can be done to get your mind on the right level. The story’s over at Medium. (h/t Tech.Co)

5. Eleven ways to improve your daily routine.

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? If you’d answer yes to that question, this might be your lucky day. If you’re struggling with productivity, there might be an easy fix: incorporating a few things into your daily routine. For example, when you wake up each morning, do you spring out of bed and start your day? Or do you spend time collecting your thoughts and clearing your head? According to a recent piece, you’d be much better off taking the second route. That way, your mind’s a blank slate as you arrive to work, and you’re ready to conquer the day. Here’s another tip: Are you the type of worker who always says yes when someone asks for help? That’s nice and all. But if you’re having a hard time getting your work done each week, it might be time to switch things up. Think you’re up for the challenge? Bustle has the scoop.

6. The simple trick that conquers procrastination.

When you’ve got a ton of work to do, it can be difficult to get started. Let’s say you have to write a 3,000-word whitepaper. You might sit down only to struggle to get past the first paragraph. Everything you write looks terrible, and maybe it is. Instead of kicking yourself for being unable to get on a roll right away, what if you embraced your crap work and just kept ticking along? After all, doesn’t writing always have to be edited and tweaked a bit? It turns out that the greats love crap. Golfers, for example, continue working on the worst parts of their game, over and over again. To be productive, you may just have to start embracing your crap work—knowing full well it’s a draft that can be improved later on. Read the story at Forbes.

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