19 Strange Ideas That Will Amplify Your Productivity

By: | May 8, 2016 | Tags: , , , , |

Strange Productivity Tips to Help with #BloggingBloggers wear many hats.

From researching, writing, promoting, and photographing for posts, you could feel like you are drowning in blogging tasks.

I no longer write about busy bloggers. All bloggers are busy; the term is redundant.

Consider this comment from a reader:

I’m finding this blogging a hard thing to cultivate. Too much-disassociated things going on and time…I need time management. Editing a book and school runs seriously impact the will to live lol. I think it’s cultivating the habit.

This post will help you cultivate the habit by offering unique methods of time-management. Since they are unique, the odds you’ve tried them before are slim.

Although most of them are tips that corporations expect their business people to use, this post will explain how bloggers can be more productive by using them.

With so many choices, you may find these helpful in increasing more time in your day. If not, they may prove to be an entertaining read.

Strange Productivity Tips

1. Pomodoro Technique Rationale: Multitasking is bad, which is the opposite of what we’ve always been told. There used to be an ad for women, we can bring home the bacon and fry it up in the panApparently, there is brain research that says attempting to multitask slows us down; it is counterproductive. Set a goal and minimize distractions. This idea was invented by Francesco Cirillo.

How to use the Pomodoro Technique to increase productivity:

  • Set a kitchen timer for 25 minutes; this period of time is called a Pomodoro.
  • Take a break for 5 minutes.
  • After 4 Pomodoros, 100 minutes, take a 15 to 20-minute break.
  • Record how many times you wanted to do something else during the 25 minutes.

The Benefits of the Pomodoro Technique:

It’s free.

There is no guilt if you are not productive.

You will get through projects faster.

The time you procrastinate will be minimized.

Your confidence will improve since you will see that you can handle large workloads.

Accountability for accomplishing tasks increases.

According to proponents of the technique, there is less mental fatigue. 

Testimonials that claim the Pomodoro Technique increases productivity:

INC published a case study that had the user of the method reducing his work time by half. Jobs that used to take 40 hours a week to perform took twenty.

Apple and The Wall Street Journal are all on board and have their workers use the Pomodoro method.

Adam Heitzman of Inc.com agrees that limiting multitasking will make you productive.

 2. (10 + 2) x 5 developed by site creator Merlin MannNo, this isn’t math class. It’s how to save time blogging. In contrast to the Pomodoro technique that has you blogging for 25 minutes and taking a break for 5 minutes, this method only has you blogging for ten minutes and breaking for two minutes. This will fill an hour.

3. The Color System According to research  surrounding yourself with red colors will help you focus on your blog writing while blue will help increase your creativity.

4. Don’t blog at home. You will be far away from distractions or the temptation of a nap since your bed won’t be there. There is mixed research on this. Recruiter.com says you should blog at home for enhanced focus.

5. Give yourself a fine. Pay someone $5.00 each time you get off task. That should make you focus pretty quickly!

6. Blog away from your phone.  While this may not be a terribly unorthodox idea like some of these others, the ideal hour for your tech-free time is one hour before bed, according to researchers.

7. Productivity Pyramid According to Lilach Bullockyour blogging tasks are divided into 3 levels: your most important task relates to making income from blogging; your second most important ranked activity is blogging-related. These activities would include blog post writing and blog post promotion. Tier 3 would relate to activities of lesser importance such as fixing technical problems or scheduling. You should perform your tasks in that order of priority.

8. Email Method Dealing with E-mail clutter is certainly something that might bog down our productivity. This method for dealing with Emails is similar to the 3-tier Method. That productivity technique says to deal with Emails that relate to making money before all your other Emails.

9. To-Do List Method According to Lifehack, you will be more productive if you ask yourself the same question every day. Here is the question: What will make today great?  You should give a maximum of three answers and make those your to-do list for that day. Some sources say to make the list the night before and others recommend making it in the morning.

10. Use the telephone. Why do I consider this unorthodox? In 2016, with more and more ways of communicating, the phone seems increasingly obsolete. Recruiter.com explains phoning is quicker than Emailing and therefore more productive.

11. Only use the telephone in your car. Whether or not you are alone, you pick up a windfall of time you don’t have when you’re home. Use it to make needed calls. Spend the time you pick up when you’re home blogging.

12. Carry a pad and pencil. I admit the idea isn’t unorthodox. It’s the rationale for the idea I consider unique. Clearly, these tools are helpful for checking off items on a to-do list and making notes. However, Chris Farmer’s rationale is that humans are the only animal that can write, so… we should do it!

13. Avoid denial. A psychological method of productivity! Spend several weeks becoming aware of who and what distract you, and omit those distractions when trying to blog. The literature on this advice is mixed. Ali Davies recommends not blaming yourself or anyone else for your lack of productivity. 

14. The 4-D Method Do your important activities first. Diminish by reducing the activities you can stop doing. Delegate tasks to others. Discard time-consuming activities if less time-consuming activities will do.

15. Have a tech-free hour. This idea is not revolutionary. However, there are researchers who specify when that hour should be– the hour before you go to bed.

16. Blog away from your phone. Keep it in another room to avoid temptation. Still a lure? Give it to someone in the house to hold for you while you blog. If you need the phone for research, use the computer you’re blogging on.

17. Try to read faster. According to research, people read slower on electronic devices. The article recommends printing hard copies from a computer rather than reading on a Kindle or your phone.

18. Smell coffee. Since research over whether drinking coffee is unhealthy is mixed, Redbooth claims just the smell of coffee alone is enough to increase your productivity!

19. Get a talking house. You may have heard of Siri, the voice that helps Apple’s iOS users, but have you heard of Alexa? She is Amazon’s answer to Apple’s Siri. She is amazing. She tells me the weather, so I know what to wear each day. I don’t have to stop using my hands when I get ready for work to turn on music since she’ll play any song I request. Hey, I said these techniques were unusual. I didn’t say they were free. Alexa and her accessories cost approximately $200.00.


In conclusion, Arcasela of the LDN Rose blog explained life is not about achieving a balance, it’s about achieving a blend. Hopefully, this post explained how you can blend your blogging life with the rest of your life.

Did you notice some of these ideas had overlap? For example, do your priorities first.

According to Inc.com, if you follow these tips, within days you will feel more in control of your own life, definitely worth a try.

RTI is an acronym in blogging. It stands for Return on Time Invested. Even if you didn’t find any of these ideas helpful for saving you time, hopefully, you found them entertaining to read and still received a return on your time invested.

Readers, please share, so others can get the benefit of these unorthodox tips. Perhaps they haven’t tried them before and would like to. On the other hand, they might just get a kick out of reading them.

Readers, which method did you find the strangest? Are there any you think have merit? Are there any you’ve already tried? How successful was it? Had you heard of the popular Pomodoro technique? I look forward to your views in the comments section.

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  1. Carolann

    I live by the (10 + 2) x 5 rule. I also like have a tech-free hour. Every day I make sure to live by both of these rules. You always share such great stuff with us, Janice. Every blogger needs a break that’s for sure. It does get to be too much at times. It’s so important to step away from your desk several times day. I make sure to do something physical during those times too.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Carolann,

      Kathleen Aherne, who does Blogger’s Pit Stop with me, makes the same recommendations in her posts– when you take a break, step away from the computer. Thank you for the kind words you wrote about my articles and for the visit on Sunday.

  2. Gary Jefferies

    Some of that is core to mindfulness mantra too. Perceived multitasking affecting productivity by reducing concentration across all the tasks. Multitasking is not really an accurate term because it’s really just very fast task switching but each time there is a moment of readjustment to the new task. Answering calls while replying to emails as an example ends up not actually paying full focus to either task making them more prone to error or taking longer. The person on the other end of the phone will likely know you aren’t giving them full attention too. Adage there is stop emailing, deal with the call, then go back to emails.

    Loosely put it drops into time management. The above system is advocating more efficient use of task time and creating a working ethos that is more focused and…where my comment came in….mindful.

    The hard part, for me, in my quoted line is looking at all the social media outlets for the first time and thinking how on earth can I get up to speed on these information dumps….and keep on top of all the other stuff I’m doing. I guess once the skills to run things are there then that speeds things up but the initial inertia is like a brain bomb exploding.

    I’m just pleased Janice has uber patience whenever I drop in going aaaaarrrgghhhh ?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Gary,
      No patience needed at all. I love to see you. You know how entertaining I find your comments. As far as your comments, I understand you agree with the experts I referenced that multitasking is not advisable. If you can’t give your full attention to something, you are not going to do it well.
      Thanks for your lengthy, detailed comments. Forgive me for not coming sooner to respond and thank you.

      • Gary Jefferies

        No need to apologise..I reckon I’m email 10,001…so suspect it takes a few days to crack through them all and catch up ?

        It’s an interesting one…to me most of the above is common sense, but then I’ve done a mindfulness course and the content of that is very much along these lines. Fascinating stuff really and obvious once it’s been pointed out…

        My definition of an expert….someone who knows a bit more about something than someone else…does that mean they are more intellectual…nah….just know a bit more about something than someone else is all….keep that in mind and there are no barriers to self improvement.

        Although me applying it to social networking…I may concede experts exist here ?

  3. Mohinder Paul Verma

    Hi Janice, once again you are rocking by sharing this wonderful post and I guess all of your readers will definitely enjoy and learn something new as I have learnt about the concept of POMODORO.

    Now I will try this while blogging to get maximum output.

    Thanks for the lovely and informative post.

    Mohinder Paul Verma
    BloggingFunda – A Community of Bloggers

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mohinder,
      Thank YOU for the glowing comments. Much appreciated!

  4. LuAnn Braley

    Hi Janice, Glad to be back this week for the link-up again. I think this is the kindly and creative ‘jumpstart’ I need for my blogging week!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi LuAnn,
      So glad to see you participate in the linky party and read your comments on the articles. I am glad my new productivity post energized the start of your week. Thanks for writing.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ubahsuai,
      Thank you so much for your kind words about the productivity post that I published this week. I really appreciated your kind words. I tried to pay you a visit but I am sorry, I didn’t know the language and didn’t see a translator button. Thanks again for coming by, the comments, and the nice words.

      • Janice Wald

        Thanks Abbie. Great to see you. Thanks for bringing your thoughts on Alexa to the discussion and writing Gigi. I have only had Alexa for a few weeks. Already I love her too.

    • Janice Wald

      Why don’t you like Siri? Siri has a personality. When I thank her, she replies. Alexa doesn’t have one yet, but I predict she will.

  5. Jewell Martin

    My ROTI was high as I felt affirmation for my blogging time management skills. I use several of the techniques listed, and have since I was a teenager. Except back then my blogging was letter writing and doing homework. And we called it Paying Attention, Work Before Play, and Finishing On Time. Seriously, I found none of the ideas outrageous. But each person must find those that will be most helpful and lead to greater productivity. Thank you for providing succinct descriptions and related links for more detailed information.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jewell,
      Thanks for giving me the assurance that you got your return on your time invested while on my site, LOL.
      You said you follow many of the techniques listed. Others have said that too. I, on the other hand, have always believed in the power of multitasking until I read some of the articles I referenced and many of the comments here.
      You didn’t find any particularly outrageous? What about smelling coffee? I have smelled coffee before but I don’t know how energized I would have been if I had not smelled the coffee.
      I love this dialogue! Thanks for writing and for the visit.

  6. Melinda Mitchell

    Hi BBFFJ,
    How interesting that your first 2 tips contradict each other! But I know, brains are different, and we have to find what works for us!
    The Color system is tempting…
    #6, and #16 are the same.
    Pen and paper- revolutionary! lol I hand wrote some posts this week at the dr’s office. I don’t ever use my cell to blog, too time consuming on that little keyboard! I’d be throwing it at the wall in frustration shortly!!
    A talking house?? No thanks! I like to hear myself talk! bwahaha

    • Janice Wald

      Hi BBFFM,
      Yes, I agree they are contradictory, but they are not my tips. I was sharing unusual productivity tips that I found. People can pick and choose what works for them.
      As far as colors, Wayne likes red more than I do, so I don’t surround myself with it too much.
      You were right about the duplication, but the explanation is different.
      Thanks for writing. Great to see you BBFFM

  7. Lee MacArthur

    I like several of these tips. I’ve used one for homework with kids. I’ve set the timer for x minutes and they worked till it rang and they got a break with the timer going. I’ve tried assorted ways to keep myself working but honestly most of the time it comes down to a list of what I need to do today and it usually works well for me as long as I finish the task before moving on. I might try something else to see how well it works.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Lee,
      I appreciate you writing. Great to see you. I have trouble grading essays. I grade five, and then work on my blog. I keep doing that until the essays are done. If I can’t indulge myself during breaks, I won’t do them. Thanks for sharing what works for your family. Thanks for the visit.

  8. Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

    I do like the sound of the Pomodoro method. I will have to try that as it gives the break to get up and move. I have a tendency to sit for far too long so this method would fit in very good. Lots of good ideas here.

    • Janice Wald

      Let me know which ones you would recommend. That way it serves as a testimonial for other bloggers.

  9. Julie

    Nice list! Now I’m thinking I need to redo my workspace in red & blue AND get a coffee-scented candle. 😉

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Julie,
      LOL. Thanks for the chuckle. Nah, my workplace has all brown furniture. I drink coffee constantly, though. I haven’t actually tried smelling it. Thanks for commenting on my post.

  10. Martin Lindeskog

    Janice: I wonder if the 4-D Method is a similar method as the Eisenhower matrix?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Martin,
      Thank you for reading what I wrote and writing me. I think many of these had to do with prioritizing like the method you asked about.
      Thank you for the discussion.

  11. Janet Morrison

    After having Shingles in my eye beginning in May 2016, I got way behind in reading blogs and other articles about writing. I’m just now getting to read this post of yours. Lots of interesting ideas!

    • Janice Wald

      Thanks so much, Janet. As they say, better late than never! Glad you enjoyed!

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