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Organization and productivity are basically two sides of the same coin. It’s hard to focus when your life isn’t right. On the other hand, an existing system can seamlessly give way to a more efficient output. It’s not impossible, but it’s quite difficult to have one without the other.
You may think that organization is solely a left-brained trait, but everyone has the capacity for growth. Also, organization looks different for everyone. It all comes down to the right mindset, the right tools, and the ability to say no.
Start with your daily habits
A productive day begins the night before. Watching a show on Netflix or scrolling through social media any time of the night isn’t going to get you the restful sleep you deserve. And tossing and turning all night only leads to chaos in the morning.
Your phone is essentially poison to your sleep cycle, but we all know you’re not going to put it down completely. So why not try using it to your advantage instead? Instead of relying on the TV to help you fall asleep or scrolling through social media as a bedtime ritual, try an app like Restly designed to help you sleep better. A Restly subscription ($39.99, 60% off) offers white noise, nature sounds, meditations, talkdowns, soothing music, and more scientifically-proven ways to fall asleep in two minutes. Fall asleep earlier and sleep longer can help supercharge and organize your brain for a more productive day.
From your sudden group chat to the release of a new track from your favorite artist to the latest trending topic on Twitter, distractions are running amok all around you. You may start the day with an organized mind, but the internet is far too good at distracting your attention from what’s important. Investing in a productivity app subscription like Focuster ($59, 87% off) can help you succeed by cleaning up some of the clutter. With a thoughtfully designed user interface that prioritizes tasks, smart reminders to stay focused, and an activity bar that shows you your day at a glance (with completed and pending tasks, time left to complete them, and more), is Focuster a productivity app designed to help you work smarter.
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As much as you love every single app, meme, and video you’ve ever downloaded onto your computer, there’s a good chance you don’t need them all anymore. There’s also a good chance they’ll keep you from reaching high levels of productivity. Increasing the optimization on your computer requires a little cleaning up. Get rid of all those files and apps that no longer serve you and make way for new things that can help you stay organized and productive. MacCleanse ($39.99, 59% off) is essentially a digital housekeeper that erases those old files for you. It scans your computer for space-consuming files to delete, deletes files from incomplete file installations, and discards remaining logs, caches, and plug-ins, so you can practically start with a clean slate.
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After you’ve cleaned up your desktop, you can improve optimization and therefore organization with a few hacks. No, I’m not talking about supposed life hacks that rarely work – I’m talking about tools that basically hack into your device to unlock its potential. For example, MacPilot 11 ($39.99, 59% off) gives you access to over 1,200 hidden features on your Mac for a streamlined user experience. It helps you show hidden files in Finder, change screenshot file format, run maintenance tools and much more for a streamlined workday.
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